July 21, 2014
Former Auburn pitcher Taylor Thompson against Mississippi State in 2008. (Tony Hall photo)
CHICAGO - Former Auburn pitcher Taylor Thompson made his Major League debut on Sunday for the Chicago White Sox in an 11-7 loss to the Houston Astros.
Thompson played for the Tigers from 2007-09 and appeared in 45 games and made 26 starts in that period. He was drafted in the 44th round in 2009, No. 1,333 overall.
The Montgomery, Ala. native was promoted to the White Sox prior to Sunday’s game and went on to pitch 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with a pair of strike outs.
For Thompson, it was a dream come true.
"Of course I was nervous," Thompson told MLB.com. "I didn't really feel how my body was in those two innings. But it was good to get it out of the way, get those first-outing jitters. So, now I can go out the next whenever I go in and just feel normal again. It was awesome. I can't complain. I've been waiting my whole life to do that right there.”
Thompson has logged 268.1 minor league innings since 2009 with an earned run average of 2.65 with 282 strike outs.
His finest outing as an Auburn Tiger came on May 8, 2008 when he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Ole Miss. He finished the complete game allowing just one run and scattering four hits as the Tigers took the 11-1 victory.
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