By Chad Carlson
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In a season full of roster moves, the latest Pirate to wear the uniform for the first time is pitcher Aaron Thompson, who was recalled on Tuesday and was named the starter for today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Thompson was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. After the 6’2”, 190lb lefty dominated in the Marlins’ minor league system, he was acquired by the Washington Nationals at the 2009 trade deadline for first baseman Nick Johnson.
The Pirates claimed Thompson off of waivers from the Nationals on December 24, 2010, and was designated for assignment on June 24, 2011, after recording a 4.97 ERA in 67 innings with the Altoona Curve.
After struggling somewhat in
, Thompson pitched very well in his three outings in Triple-A Indianapolis, and, after the Pirates placed Kevin Correia on the 15 day DL, Thompson was called up yesterday and was named the starter for this afternoon’s series finale against the Brew-Crew. Altoona
Thompson threw 4.1 innings, giving up only four hits and walking two batters, before reaching his pitch count limit. The Pirates shutout the Brewers, 2-0, earning the series split.
Stay tuned to Fans From The Stands for the latest moves as the September 1st, the day of roster expansion, approaches.
Let’s Go Bucs!