Cullman’s Thompson makes MLB debut against Reds

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Cullman’s Keegan Thompson tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in his first career start against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

CINCINNATI, OH. – After joining the Cubs’ taxi squad earlier this week, former Cullman High School and Auburn great Keegan Thompson was officially activated by Chicago yesterday and made his major league debut in Cincinnati Sunday afternoon. Thompson relieved Dillon Maples in the bottom of the fifth and tossed a scoreless inning against the heart of the Reds’ lineup, allowing two hits and walking one batter. Thompson was relieved by Alec Mills in the sixth.

Thompson was selected by the Cubs with the 105th pick in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft after turning in a 19-10 career record with a 2.46 ERA at Auburn, which ranks tied for sixth in program history. Thompson has made 35 minor league appearances, including 29 starts, and is 10-10 with a 3.47 ERA. He has struck out 151 batters and issued 39 walks in 158.2 professional innings.

Chicago will return home to Wrigley Field to host the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night at 6:40.

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