Taylor F. Thompson was originally signed by White Sox scout Warren Hughes…graduated in 2006 from St. James High School in Montgomery, Ala…attended Auburn University.
Made his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox, compiling a 10.13 ERA in five relief appearances… allowed a .391 opponents batting average, including .333 (4-for-12) against right-handed hitters compared to .455 (5-for-11) against left-handers…first batters faced were 2-for-5 (.400)…allowed 1-of- 2 (50.0%) inherited runners to score…was selected from Triple-A Charlotte July 20 and made his ML debut that day against Houston (1.2 ip, 1 h, 2 so)…fanned Marwin Gonzalez to lead off the sixth inning for his first strikeout…did not allow a run in his next appearance but then yielded at least one run in each of his final three outings (6 er in 3.0 ip, 18.00 ERA)…was optioned back to Charlotte Aug. 3…posted a 3-0 record, seven saves and a 2.14 ERA in 39 relief appearances with the Knights…struck out a careerhigh 68 batters in 59.0 innings…his average of 10.37 strikeouts per nine innings ranked fourth among International League relievers…yielded just three home runs, an average of 0.46 per nine innings… allowed a .215 opponents batting average, including .171 (19-for-111) against right-handed hitters compared to .259 (29-for-112) against left-handers…surrendered all three of his home runs to righties…all three home runs were solo shots…opponents hit .172 with the bases empty compared to .262 with runners on base…yielded a .195 average with runners in scoring position and two outs…had a 2.72 ERA in 30 appearances before the All-Star Break…did not allow a run in nine outings after the break (12.2 ip)… logged a 1.86 ERA in the ninth inning…converted 7-of-8 (87.5%) save opportunities…allowed 4-of-14 (28.6%) inherited runners to score…tossed at least 1.0 inning in each of his 39 appearances.
CHARLOTTE: Got off to a slow start, posting an 8.38 ERA over his first six games…struck out a season-high four batters April 7 at Durham…allowed a season-high four runs on a season-high five hits April 20 at Gwinnett…then allowed just one run over his next 13 appearances from April 23 to June 4 (21.1 ip, 0.42 ERA)…walked a season-high three batters April 26 at Rochester, his first of three threewalk games…surrendered his third and final home run of the season May 6 against Lehigh Valley… finished the season with a 29-game, 43.1-inning, 174-batter homerless streak…also matched his seasonhigh with four strikeouts in that game…did not allow a hit over a six-game stretch from May 14 to 28 (9.2 ip)…tossed a season-high 2.1 scoreless innings for his first win of the season May 28 at Colorado Springs…finished May with a 0.61 ERA and .080 opponents batting average in nine appearances… matched his season-high with four strikeouts June 1 at Toledo…was credited with six of his seven saves over an eight-game stretch from June 9 to July 5…allowed two runs June 23 at Toledo…would not allow another Triple-A run the rest of the way as he finished the minor league portion of his campaign with a 21.0-inning scoreless streak…matched his season high with 2.1 scoreless innings in a win over Syracuse July 12…added two more scoreless innings July 17 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and had a 2.61 ERA in 31 appearances before his promotion to Chicago…returned in August and did not allow a run in eight games and 10.2 innings…was charged with his lone blown save of the season in his second to last outing Aug. 24 against Norfolk…allowed two inherited runners to score but did not allow a run in 1.1 innings and picked up the win in the Knights 8-7 victory.
Began the season at Double-A Birmingham where he went 4-2 with 12 saves, a 2.15 ERA and .185 opponents batting average in 32 relief appearances…was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte July 18 and went 1-2 with a save and a 7.88 ERA in 12 relief appearances…combined for a 5-4 record, 13 saves and a 3.53 ERA in a career-high 44 games…the saves tied for the most in the White Sox farm system… allowed just two home runs in a career-high 66.1 innings pitched…did not allow a home run in 50.1 innings with the Barons…yielded a .225 batting average, including .179 against right-handed hitters compared to .294 against left-handers…opponents hit .169 with a .222 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…allowed a .177 batting average with the bases empty compared to .282 with runners on…converted each of his 12 save opportunities with Birmingham and was 13-for-15 (86.7%) overall… allowed 4-of-10 (40.0%) inherited runners to score…did not allow a run over his first seven outings (8.1 ip, 4 h, 1 bb, 4 so)…then allowed six runs over his next five appearances from April 21 to May 5 (8.2 ip, 6.23 ERA)…retired 36 consecutive batters from May 5 to 27…had a 15.2-inning scoreless streak from May 5 to June 3…tossed a season-high 3.0 scoreless innings May 8 against Tennessee…compiled a 1.06 ERA in nine appearances in May to lower his overall ERA to 1.76…then allowed at least one run in six of his seven outings in June for a 4.91 ERA…struck out a season-high six batters in 2.0 scoreless innings July 2 at Jacksonville…was named to the Southern League Midseason All-Star team and pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the North All-Stars in the July 17 SL All-Star Game (1.0 ip, 1 so)…was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte the next day…allowed his first home run of the season in his third outing with the Knights, snapping a season-opening 34-game, 54.1-inning, 218-batter homerless streak…it was his first home run since May 13, 2012…was charged with his first blown save of the season Aug. 11 at Durham when he allowed four runs on three hits in 0.2 innings…was also tagged with the loss in that game…had a 4.50 ERA over his first 10 games with Charlotte before allowing nine runs on 10 hits in 2.0 innings over his final two outings (7 er, 31.50 ERA)…pitched for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season and logged a 2.12 ERA in 16 relief appearances.
Went 2-1 with 12 saves and a 2.44 ERA in 33 relief appearances with Single-A Winston Salem… had two stints on the disabled list with a strained right triceps…began the season on the DL before being reinstated April 18…was also out from May 26 to June 20, which included a one-game rehab appearance with Bristol of the Appalachian Rookie League June 19 (1.0 ip, 1 h, 2 so)…combined with both clubs for a 2.38 ERA…surrendered just two home runs in 45.1 innings…struck out 59 (11.71 per nine innings) and walked just 13 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.54…allowed a .171 opponents batting average, including .140 against right-handed hitters compared to .250 against left-handers…opponents hit .175 with a .233 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…converted 12-of-13 (92.3%) save opportunities… allowed 7-of-13 (53.8%) inherited runners to score…posted a 1.57 ERA in the ninth inning… compiled a 7.43 ERA over his first 12 games through June 23…then allowed just two runs, one earned, over his final 21 contests for a 0.29 ERA…opponents went 10-for-101 (.099) over that stretch…had a 23.1-inning scoreless streak from July 8 to Sept. 1…the streak ended in his final outing of the regular season Sept. 3 at Salem when he allowed an unearned run in 0.2 innings…had two saves, a blown save and a 3.60 ERA in three postseason appearances (5.0 ip, 6 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 4 so)…pitched for Salt River of the Arizona Fall League following the season and was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 relief appearances.
Spent the entire season at Single-A Winston Salem where he went 7-2 with 15 saves and a 2.52 ERA in 41 appearances…the wins and saves were career highs…led all White Sox farmhands and tied for fourth in the Carolina League in saves…surrendered just one home run in 53.2 innings…the home run on May 22 against Salem was the first he allowed as a professional, snapping a career-opening 43-game, 74.2-inning, 316-batter homerless streak…opponents hit .213, which included a .188 mark against right-handed hitters compared to .292 against left-handers…yielded a .143 batting average to batters leading off an inning…had a 1.50 ERA in 21 appearances at home…converted 15-of-21 (71.4%) save opportunities…allowed 10-of-16 (62.5%) inherited runners to score…posted a 0.82 ERA in six appearances in April and a 0.90 ERA in nine June outings…struck out a season-high five batters in a season-high 3.0 innings April 16 against Kinston.
Began the year in extended spring training…combined to go 1-1 with six saves and a 2.02 ERA in 22 games with Advanced Rookie Great Falls, Single-A Kannapolis and Single-A Winston-Salem… joined Great Falls June 4, was transferred to Kannapolis June 27 and promoted to Winston-Salem Aug. 29…did not surrender a home run in 35.2 innings…struck out 39, an average of 9.84 per nine innings… did not allow a run over his final seven outings with Kannapolis (11.1 ip)…recorded his first professional win in his final outing Sept. 6 at Salem (2.0 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 2 so)…compiled a 17.18 ERA in two postseason appearances with Winston-Salem (3.2 ip, 7 h, 7 r, 7 er, 2 bb, 6 so).
Made his professional debut with Bristol of the Appalachian Rookie League and had a 2.40 ERA and two saves in seven appearances…including the only three starts of his professional career…was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte Sept. 2 and did not allow a run in two games (2.0 ip)…combined for a 1.89 ERA…made his debut with a start in the second game of a Aug. 9 doubleheader at Greenville (2.0 ip, 3 h, 2 bb, 1 so)…recorded his first save Aug. 29 at Princeton (2.0 ip, 2 bb, 1 so).