Former Auburn, Cullman standout Thompson joins Cubs’ summer camp

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Keegan Thompson pitches for the Tennessee Smokies against the Birmingham Barons in Birmingham in July 2018. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The season isn’t quite over yet for Keegan Thompson. This year’s minor league baseball season was canceled in June, but the former Cullman High School and Auburn standout was added to the Chicago Cubs’ summer camp roster Tuesday. Thompson reported to the Four Winds Field site in South Bend, Indiana. Thompson was selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft after an impressive career on the plains.

Thompson posted a 2.37 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 19 innings of work for the Low-A Eugene Emeralds in 2017 and in 2018, he put together a 9-6 record and 3.61 ERA in 25 starts for the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. Thompson opened the 2019 season with the Smokies and tossed five no-hit innings to start the year but did not pitch the rest of the season due to an undisclosed injury.

Thompson is excited to take advantage of this opportunity and has already started learning from some of the most experienced people in the organization.

“It was really exciting to get the call last week about being added to the 60-man roster and coming to South Bend. I’m around a bunch of great players and getting some experience with some of the organization’s top prospects and guys that have time in the show,” Thompson said. “Also getting to work with the R&D Department is going to be an advantage that I wouldn’t have had if I had not been chosen to come here.”

Major League Baseball announced its plans to play a shortened, 60-game season in late June. The Cubs are scheduled to open the season July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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