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Minor League Rankings: No. 6 Jake Thompson

Our daily series continues on the Texas Rangers top 10 prospects with a look at a pair of pitchers today.

Ranking: 6

Player: Jake Thompson

Position: RHP

Draft selection: 2012, second-round pick (Detroit)

Team: Double-A Frisco

2014 season: 3-1, 3.28 ERA, 35.2 IP, 28 H, WHIP 1.29

Positives: Good slider

Negatives: Needs command of fastball

When will he be here?: The Rockwall, Texas, native was acquired in the trade for Joakim Soria in July. He's probably not ready for the big leagues in the early part of 2015 but expect a late-season call-up if he keeps progressing. His bread-and-butter pitch is the slider, but scouts say he needs command of his fastball. Thompson fits in with all the young talent in Double-A Frisco.

What they're saying: "Thompson generally uses both two-seam and four-seam fastballs that sit between 90-93 mph to set up a wicked slider at 84 to 85 mph. The fastballs have excellent late life, but it's the slider that Thompson uses often as his put away 'finishing' pitch. He also throws a curveball and a changeup. But the fastball and slider form the foundation of his repertoire." -- Bernie Pleskoff, MLB

"At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Thompson has the build to be a durable starter, and he also possesses the stuff to pitch near the front of a rotation. His delivery can get out of sync at times, but that's typical for a young pitcher and he should develop reasonable command down the road." -- MLB.com

The series:

No. 7 Nomar Mazara

No. 8 Lewis Brinson

No. 9 Travis Demeritte

No. 10 Corey Knebel