Aaron Marshall Thompson...2005 graduate of Second Baptist High School in Houston, TX, where he went 8-3 with two saves and a 0.84 ERA as a senior...also struck out 133 batters in 66.0 innings pitched...signed a letter of intent with Texas A&M before signing with the Florida Marlins.
Was an invitee to Twins spring training and reassigned to minor league camp March 24; began season at Triple-A Rochester...Posted a 0.90 ERA (10.0 IP, 1 ER) with 11 strikeouts and four walks in 11 June appearances...33 of 46 appearances for the Red Wings were scoreless...Held left-handed hitters to a .200 (12-for-60) batting average while at Rochester...Led the Red Wings in appearances (46)...Had contract selected from Triple-A Rochester August 31 as Samuel Deduno was claimed off waivers by Houston; spent the rest of the season with Minnesota...Made Twins debut August 31 at Baltimore, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, his first major league appearance since September 18, 2011 at Los Angeles-NL, with Pittsburgh...Six of seven appearances for Twins were scoreless, posting a 2.45 ERA (7.1 IP, 2 ER)...Combined to go 3-3, 3.79 ERA (59.1 IP, 25 ER) with 28 walks and 57 strikeouts in 53 appearances between Rochester and Minnesota.
Began season on the 7-day disabled list with stomach viral infection; reinstated April 15 and had contract transferred to Double-A New Britain…Appeared in 11 games for the Rock Cats, posting a 0.61 ERA (14.2 IP, 1 ER) and was promoted to Triple-A Rochester May 18…Struck out 42 batters in 44.0 innings pitched for the Red Wings, including a stretch of 20 strikeouts in 10 games June 4-July 14…Played winter ball in the Venezuelan Winter League with Tigres de Aragua and in the Australian Baseball League with Brisbane.
Began season on the restricted list due to violation of Minor league Drug Prevention and Treatment Program...reinstated May 29 and transferred to Double-A New Britain from Triple-A Rochester...first 13 games were as starter, going 3-7, 5.74 ERA (73.2 IP, 47 ER) June 3-August 8...final nine games were as reliever, posting a 2.19 ERA (12.1 IP, 3 ER).
Was an invite to Pirates' Spring Training...was optioned to Double-A Altoona, March 14...Each of his first 11 appearances were starts, going 2-5, 4.91 (55.0 ip, 30 er) in those games...moved to the Curve's bullpen where he went 2-1, 5.47 (24.2 ip, 15 er) in 16 games...Designated for assignment, June 24...outrighted to Double-A Altoona, June 30...transferred to Indianapolis, August 10...Allowed just one run in 11.2 innings pitched for Indy (one start and two relief appearances) and had his contract selected by Pittsburgh, August 24...Made his Major League debut, August 24 vs. Milwaukee, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings with four hits allowed, two walks and one strikeout...started just the one game due to the Pirates having played two games as part of a make-up two days earlier...optioned back to Indianapolis
after the start...Recalled by Pittsburgh, September 6 and appeared in three games for the Pirates out of the bullpen.
Spent first full season in Washington organization and set minor league career high in starts...Went 5-13 with
a 5.65 ERA in 27 total starts with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse...Made first three starts with Harrisburg, tossing 5.0
scoreless frames in his second outing on 4/14 and 7.0 scoreless innings in his third start on 4/19...Was promoted to Syracuse on
4/24 and made lone Triple-A start that night vs. Rochester...Returned to Double-A on 4/26 and finished season with Harrisburg...Lost
four straight starts from 4/30 thru 5/15...Was victorious on 5/21 at Akron, but then lost his next four starts thru 6/11...Won backto-
back starts on 6/22 and 6/28...Tossed 6.0 hitless innings (walked six) and was the winning pitcher in one-hit blanking (3-0) at
Portland on 6/28; was his final win...Lost his last four decisions...Was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh on 12/23.
In tough-luck season, combined to go 5-12 with a 3.93 ERA in 26 starts for a pair of Double-A clubs, Harrisburg
(Eastern League) and Jacksonville (Southern League)...with 102, eclipsed the 100-strikeout plateau for the 2nd time
Made 18 starts, but missed 2 months with left shoulder strain...following season, went 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA for the Mesa
Solar Sox in the prestigious, but hitter-friendly, Arizona Fall League.
Ranked 2nd among FLA farmhands (min. 0.8 innings per game) with a 3.37 ERA in 20 games/19 starts for Jupiter of
the Single-A Florida State League...was touched for just 2 home runs in 115.0 FSL innings.
Spent entire season with Greensboro (A), going 8-8 with 3.63 ERA in 24 starts...Won five consecutive decisions over six starts from May 4 to June 1...went 5-0 with 0.43 ERA over that span...allowed no runs in four
of the five wins, including blanking opponents over 13.2 innings in back-to-back starts on May 4 vs. Hickory (7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 6 SO)
and May 11 at Augusta (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 SO)...recorded career-best nine strikeouts in win on May 21 vs. Kannapolis...was organizational
Pitcher of the Month for May, going 4-0 with 0.53 ERA in five starts (6 BB, 34 SO in 33.2 IP)...was Player of the Week from May 15-21, going 2-0 with 0.69 ERA in two starts (13.0 IP, 1 ER, 13 SO, 2 BB)...threw career-high 8.0 innings en route to win on June 1 at Delmarva, allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts...Represented club on South Atlantic League All-Star Team.
Was 3-6 with 3.96 ERA in 13 starts between the Marlins' affiliates in the Gulf Coast League and Jamestown (A)...began season
in the GCL and went 2-4 with 4.50 ERA in eight starts...lost first three pro decisions, before earning first win on July 28 at the GCL
Dodgers...allowed two earned runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.0 innings en route to first win...promoted to
Jamestown on August 14, and went 1-2 with 3.10 ERA in five starts...earned win on August 20 at Auburn, allowing one earned
run on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 5.0 innings.