Note: This page links to major league pitcher Mark Thompson. For the minor league infielder with the same name, click here.
Mark Radford Thompson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of Kentucky
- High School Logan County High School
- Debut July 26, 1994
- Final Game July 27, 2000
- Born April 7, 1971 in Russellville, KY USA
In his first two minor league seasons, he was a very dominant pitcher, posting a record of 14 and 6.
He spent less than three seasons in the minors before making his big league debut on July 26, 1994 for the Colorado Rockies against the San Diego Padres. He earned the win in that game, but his overall ERA in his rookie season (which consisted of two games) was 9.00.
He spent most of the rest of his career bouncing between the Majors and minors. He spent only one season entirely in the Majors - 1996 -, when he posted a 9 and 11 record with a 5.30 ERA. He was ninth in the National League in shutouts that year with one, but he was also ninth in runs allowed (100) and fourth in hit batsmen (13).
He finished his Major League career with an 18 and 24 record, with a 5.74 ERA. He struck out 198 and walked 161 in 337 innings of work. Statistically, he is most related to Jose Acevedo, according to Baseball-Reference.
He had a .154 batting average in 104 career at-bats, with the highlight of his batting career being the home run he hit off Kent Bottenfield in a 1997 game. He appeared in one postseason game in his career, pitching a perfect inning for the save in the 1995 National League Division Series. He played his final Major League game on July 27, 2000, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a teammate of John Burke and Jason Bates for seven seasons - longer than any other teammate.
Mark Thompson later resided in Brentwood, Tennessee where he enjoyed life and played lots of golf.