Monday, January 24, 2011

Jose Carlos Thompson to Major League camp

Recent signee Jose Carlos Thompson has been invited to Major League Camp where, according to Zach Levine, he'll be considered for 2B/SS jobs in the minors. Where could the 23-year old play this season?

Oklahoma City:
It's reasonable to assume that whomever doesn't win the 2B1/2B2 or SS1/SS2 jobs (Matt Downs, Tommy Manzella, Oswaldo Navarro, Wladimir Sutil, etc) will be in Triple-A. So it's fairly unlikely that Oklahoma City is his destination.

Corpus:
Thompson would be a little young for Corpus (last year's average age for position players: 24.7), but last year's GP leader at 2B was German Duran. And he was recently released, and the primary starter at 2B for Lancaster in 2010 was Albert Cartwright, who was traded to Philadelphia. Jose Altuve saw some time towards the end of Lancaster's season, but I imagine that the Astros will want to see him in a full season at High-A (with him being 21 this season). Corpus is our pick for Thompson.

Lancaster:
The lowest level I can see Thompson playing at, but Brandon Wikoff will likely get another year at Lancaster at SS, and we've already talked about Altuve in Lancaster.

2 comments:

tpack said...

So what level is he ready for? $250k is a lot of money...why would the organization slot him behind a non-prospect like Sutil, Navarro, Downs, etc., if he's ready for AAA or above?

Astros County said...

That's a decent point, and while the Astros have shown that they're willing to aggressively promote players, they still haven't seen him play in the organization. It's possible that he could make OKC out of Spring Training, but it's our guess that he goes to a level closer to his age group and is given his first crack there.