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Trent Thornton
Trent Thornton #
MLB Pipeline Rank: TOR: No. 22 |

HT
6' 0"
WT
175
AGE
25
POS
P
BAT
R
THROW
R
BORN
Sep 30, 1993 
FROM
Pittsburgh, PA USA 
DEBUT
 
DRAFTED
2015 
ACTIVE
YES

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 9 8 4.42 24 22 0 124.1 122 1.20
Career Minors 32 19 4.23 88 78 0 446.1 395 1.25
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 24 9-8 4.42 124.1 122 1.20
Career Minors 88 32-19 4.23 446.1 395 1.25

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2015 Tri-City ValleyCats NYP A(Short) 4 0 3.27 15 12 0 55.0 62 21 20 2 10 48 1.31
2016 2 Teams Minors 10 5 3.52 24 21 0 135.2 133 58 53 19 21 124 1.14
2016 Lancaster JetHawks CAL A(Adv) 7 4 4.12 17 14 0 89.2 91 46 41 14 16 89 1.19
2016 Corpus Christi Hooks TEX AA 3 1 2.35 7 7 0 46.0 42 12 12 5 5 35 1.02
2017 2 Teams Minors 9 6 5.21 25 23 0 131.1 162 85 76 14 23 101 1.41
2017 Corpus Christi Hooks TEX AA 1 2 6.06 4 3 0 16.1 25 14 11 2 0 13 1.53
2017 Fresno Grizzlies PCL AAA 8 4 5.09 21 20 0 115.0 137 71 65 12 23 88 1.39
2018 Fresno Grizzlies PCL AAA 9 8 4.42 24 22 0 124.1 118 67 61 13 31 122 1.20

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45

Though Thornton's stuff took a downturn during his junior season at North Carolina, the Astros believed in his previous track record enough to take him in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft. He pitched well in his first two years as a pro, then struggled at the upper levels of the system in 2017. He fared better and showed crisper stuff while repeating Triple-A this season and then pitched in the Arizona Fall League before joining the Blue Jays in mid-November in exchange for Aledmys Diaz.

Thornton has added a couple ticks of velocity to his fastball in 2018, working at 93-95 mph and topping out at 97 with riding action. He has an interesting array of secondary pitches, including a curveball with some power and depth and an improved slider that he can turn into a true cutter. He needs to refine and trust his changeup more to find success against left-handers, however.

Thornton has a funky delivery but it gives him deception and doesn't prevent him from filling the strike zone. With solid stuff and strike-throwing ability, he has the ingredients to become at least a No. 4 starter. But he often gets hit harder than he should, so his long-term role may be as a multi-inning reliever.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/20/2018 Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of RHP Trent Thornton from Buffalo Bisons.
11/17/2018 Houston Astros traded RHP Trent Thornton to Toronto Blue Jays for SS Aledmys Diaz.
11/17/2018 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Buffalo Bisons.
07/22/2018 Trent Thornton roster status changed by Fresno Grizzlies.
07/15/2018 Fresno Grizzlies placed RHP Trent Thornton on the temporarily inactive list.
05/27/2018 Fresno Grizzlies activated RHP Trent Thornton from the 7-day disabled list.
05/21/2018 Fresno Grizzlies placed RHP Trent Thornton on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 20, 2018.
01/25/2018 Houston Astros invited non-roster RHP Trent Thornton to spring training.
07/13/2017 Fresno Grizzlies activated RHP Trent Thornton from the temporarily inactive list.
07/06/2017 Fresno Grizzlies placed RHP Trent Thornton on the temporarily inactive list.
05/18/2017 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from Tri-City ValleyCats.
05/15/2017 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Fresno Grizzlies.
04/29/2017 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from Tri-City ValleyCats.
04/26/2017 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Corpus Christi Hooks.
02/26/2017 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Houston Astros.
07/23/2016 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Lancaster JetHawks.
04/05/2016 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Lancaster JetHawks from Tri-City ValleyCats.
06/19/2015 RHP Trent Thornton assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats.
06/16/2015 Houston Astros signed RHP Trent Thornton.