The third-inning come-backer hit Thompson in the leg and bounded away for a single, according to The Sumter Item.
Thompson gave up two runs that inning. He kept it together to go eight full innings. But the total five five runs, four earned, that he gave up were too much for his team to overcome. Charleston lost 5 to 2.
Thompson was in his second season as a pro that year at Charleston. He got into just one more. He never made AA.
Thompson's career began in 1989, taken by the Padres in the 33rd round of the draft out of South Johnston High School in North Carolina.
At South Johnston, Thompson also played football. He threw a touchdown pass in a September 1988 game.
With the Padres, Thompson started in the rookie Arizona League. He went 3-7 in 14 starts, with a 5.74 ERA.
Thompson moved to Charleston for 1990. In 26 starts there, he couldn't get on track. His record came in at just 4-17, with a 4.73 ERA.
He returned to Charleston for 1991 and turned reliever. In 34 outings, four starts, Thompson went 3-6, with a 5.80 ERA. It was his final season as a pro.
- Sumter Item, May 26, 1990: Brown, Tarasco lead Braves past Rainbows
Made the Majors: 822 - 47.9%
Never Made Majors: 894-52.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 357
10+ Seasons in the Minors:205