Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson grew up in Beaumont, Texas where he played youth baseball at the YMCA and Amelia Little League. After he made his 12 year old little league all-stars, Aaron was invited to join a travel ball team out of The Woodlands, “The Woodlands Thunder.” His coach was former Major League pitcher, All-Star and NL Cy Young winner, Doug Drabek. One of his most fond memories of his youth baseball days was when one summer his team played 90 games. Thompson played with hometown friend, Jay Bruce. Jay went OFF in the tourney hitting 3 home runs, and throwing a shut out on the mound. Thompson recalls it as a special memory to have shared and witnessed the birth of a star. As they both spent more and more time with their coach and team mates, Aaron realized that he wanted to and could actually be a pro ball player. If his coach Doug, a two-sport kid from Victoria TX could do it, then maybe he could too?

Thompson first attended Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, TX. He was a multi-sport athlete growing up, excelling in soccer, football, and baseball. Early on in high school, as a football standout, he was recruited to play college football. His family moved to Houston just before Aaron’s junior football season where he transferred to Houston Second Baptist on scholarship. He was invited to play for Mike Rutledge and the Houston Kyle Chapman program during high school. He recalls Mike as paramount in teaching him how to navigate the recruiting process while he was making his college decision.

Thompson’s high school pitching coach at Second Baptist was retired Major League left-hander Jeff Calhoun. Calhoun was Aaron’s first and only left-handed pitching coach of his career. “I can’t explain it, but one day in preseason practice, it just clicked.” says Thompson. “You will hear this same story from many successful ball players throughout professional baseball. I went from throwing 82-85 mph to sitting 89-91 and touching mid 90s in my first scrimmage of the season!”

Thompson remembers moving to Houston praying to have an opportunity to get a scholarship, in either football or baseball to help his parents pay for school, but they got much more than that. He was recruited by every major Division I program in the U.S. Thanks to Mike Rutledge’s mentorship, Aaron understood the recruiting process well. Eventually Thompson chose to sign with Texas A&M on a full baseball scholarship as a “2-way player.” Aaron’s grandfather played quarterback at Texas A&M in the late 50s, and all his uncles, cousins, and siblings attended Texas A&M. But Aaron understood the risks of football, so it was easy for him to make the decision to put down football, as well as sign a national letter of intent for Texas A&M.

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After forgoing college to begin a professional career with the Florida Marlins farm system, Thompson participated in the Arizona Fall League (2008) for the Mesa Solar Sox. This is a high privilege in pro baseball as it is a major prospect league for all MLB organizations. Every organization sends their top 5-6 minor league prospects or big leaguers who need work or show promise, and team up with other organizations to form a league of 6 teams.

 

Following the AZ Fall League, Aaron repeated AA with the Marlins when he was traded (2009) to the Washington Nationals. That off season the Nationals placed him on their Major League roster. After that season between AA and AAA, Thompson was removed from the 40-man roster and picked up off of waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. While with the Pirates organization, Aaron pitched from AA to the big leagues, and made his Major League debut at 24 years old with the Pirates (2011) Manager Clint Hurdle. Thereafter, Thompson was placed on waivers and elected to become a free agent and signed with the Twins.

 

Thompson’s career with the Twins took him out of the bullpen on the Active Opening Day roster in 2014 and continued in 2015 under Hall of Fame player, Manager Paul Molitor. Throughout, Aaron’s goal has always remained the same, “to be a contributing player on a winning team.”

After the Twins organization in 2016, he went on to play with the Sugar Land Skeeters and into 2017 he also played in the Mexican Baseball Leagues until he retired in February of that same year.

 

In 2018, he joined The Cage Houston, an indoor youth baseball training facility and home of the Medina Warriors Baseball organization, to impact the lives of children in a positive way while making them better at a game he loves. Thompson joins the as the facility’s full-time pitching and hitting instructor and will be available for individual player and select baseball teams’ private instruction as well.

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AARON IS GREAT! MY SON LEARNED SO MUCH AT CAMP!

Carrie B.

GREAT ONE ON ONE!! MY SON IS 9 AND HE LEARNED SO MUCH IN JUST ONE HOUR!! HE LOVED IT AND CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK! ALSO, THEY HAVE 2 TV'S SO PARENTS CAN WATCH A GAME OR TV WHILE THEIR KIDS PRACTICE!

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AARON IS AMAZINGLY GREAT WITH MY SON LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT BASEBALL AND EVEN GAVE SOME POINTERS TO HELP MY SON WHEN AARON ISN’T THERE TRUE PROFESSIONAL THE FACILITY IS ALSO FIRST CLASS.

Stephen M.

MY SON LOVES GOING TO PRACTICE HE SAYS HE LIKES WORKING WITH AARON BECAUSE HE TEACHES HIM NEW THINGS AND IS SO POSITIVE IT MAKES HIM LOVE THE GAME MORE CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT PRACTICE.

Freddy G.

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MY 9YO SON LOVED BASEBALL CAMP AT THE CAGE! HE COULDN’T WAIT TO GET THERE EVERY DAY THAT WEEK!

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