Justin Thompson
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Thompson pitching for the Oklahoma RedHawks in 2005
Pitcher
Born: (1973-03-08) March 8, 1973 (age 49)
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 27, 1996, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
August 25, 2005, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record36–43
Earned run average4.02
Strikeouts428
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Justin Ray Thompson (born March 8, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1996 to 1999 and the Texas Rangers in 2005.

Career

Thompson was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft and started his career in Detroit Tigers minor league system. Thompson started his pro career with the rookie class Bristol Tigers of the Appalachian League in 1991. Thompson moved up to class "A" the next year joining the South Atlantic League's Fayetteville Generals in 1992. In 1993 Thompson split time in A and AA, playing with the Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League and the Eastern League's London Tigers. He made his Major League debut in 1996. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1997, at the age of 24, during a season in which he won 15 games and finished fifth in the American League with a 3.02 ERA. He continued to pitch well in 1998, finishing second in the American League in games started with 34. Injury problems, however, derailed his 1999 season.

Thompson was traded by the Tigers to the Texas Rangers in an eight-player trade after the 1999 season which involved Juan González being sent to Detroit. He spent six seasons in the Minors with the Rangers organization, including a missed 2001 season due to a torn rotator cuff suffered in 2000, before playing in the Majors again for two games in 2005. Thompson elected free agency after the 2005 season and subsequently signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in December 2005. In May 2006, he retired after playing eight games for Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds.

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