Zach Thompson

Position: RHRP
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Glendale Desert Dogs
League: Arizona Fall League
Born: 10/23/1993 (Age: 29)
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 230
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CWS)

Prospect Spotlight


  • XL frame, broad shoulders, thick throughout. Imposing size and very strong, but limited athleticism. 
  • Stretch-only, clunky operation; big body with lots to sync up; quality and effectiveness of stuff hinges on how well he’s repeating.
  • FB 92-96; Above-avg FB, mid-90s heat with basic strikethrowing ability. More control than command, loose within the zone.
  • Cutter 87-90; Uses like a second pitch. Hard gloveside shape, late action on best ones, chance to finish above-avg. 
  • CB 76-80; Wrinkles in for a third look. Loopy CB, loose spin, shows early and rolls. 
  • Keeps FB and cutter around the plate in best sequences. Falls out of his delivery and sprays the zone at times. When his CB isn’t working, hard two-pitch mix lacks anything to slow the bat down. 

SUMMARY: Big donkey with loud raw stuff; has moments where he looks like a setup guy, but ultimately don’t see the consistency here to profile him in high-leverage situations. Size and velocity will get him to big leagues in middle innings role.