Mark Radford Thompson
(born April 7, 1971 in Russellville, Kentucky
) is a former right-handed pitcher
in Major League Baseball
. He graduated from Logan County High School
in Russellville, Kentucky and he then attended the University of Kentucky
Standing at 6'2" tall and 205 pounds (one source has him at 213), Thompson was selected by the Colorado Rockies
65th overall in the second round of the 1992 draft
. In his first two minor league seasons, he was an effective pitcher, posting a record of 14-6.
He spent less than three seasons in the minors before making his big league debut on July 26, against the San Diego Padres
. He earned the win
in that game, but his overall earned run average
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-, when he posted a 9-11 record with a 5.30 ERA. He was ninth in the 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 18-24 record, with a 5.74 ERA. He struck out
198 and walked
161 in 337 innings pitched
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 of Kent Bottenfield
in a game. He appeared in one postseason game in his career, pitching a perfect inning for the save
in the 1995 National League......