2013: Selected in 3rd Round (94th overall) of 2013 MLB Draft by Detroit Tigers. Departed UofL ranked third in career wins with 22, fifth in ERA at 2.92, tied for fifth in strikeouts with 229 and seventh in total starts with 37. Earned All-America honors from three different organizations while going 11-2 with a 2.19 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 17 starts and 107.0 innings pitched. Ranked fifth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings pitched with 5.64 and was 14th nationally in strikeouts. The 11 wins in 2013 matched the single season school record while 113 strikeouts rank third all-time in a season at UofL. Named to Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team despite finishing with no-decision in Cardinals' NCAA Regional win over Miami while allowing just one run on only three hits in 6.0+ innings. Earned fourth consecutive win working seven innings allowing three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in May 17 victory over Pittsburgh. Won third straight start and improved to 9-1 on the season after striking out seven in eight shutout innings in victory at UConn on May 11. Matched a career-high with 12 strikeouts working 6.1 innings to earn team-leading eighth win at Villanova on May 4. Improved to 7-1 on the season and earned career win No. 18 on April 27 after striking out eight while allowing two runs on five hits in 7.2 innings against Georgetown. Suffered first loss of the season on April 20 at St. John's allowing four runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Improved to 6-0 on the season posting sixth shutout in eight starts after scattering seven hits with nine strikeouts in seven scoreless innings to defeat Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park in inaugural Reds Collegiate Invitational on April 6. Suffered second straight no-decision and had consecutive shutout streak halted at 28.0 innings after allowing only one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings against No. 15 Notre Dame on March 29. Finished with a no-decision in Cards' March 23 win over Rutgers despite 6.1 innings of shutout work allowing only one hit with six strikeouts. Won fifth straight start earning second straight shutout with a career best eight innings of dominant baseball allowing only five hits with four strikeouts. Was victorious in fourth straight start after allowing just two hits with four strikeouts in seven shutout innings against Alabama on March 9. Earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season for his performance against the Crimson Tide. Won third straight start allowing two earned runs on season-low three hits with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work against Kent State on March 1. Improved to 2-0 on the season with second straight shutout performance allowing only four hits with five strikeouts in six innings for the win against Akron on Feb. 23. Was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 18 after striking out a career best 12 in five shutout innings to earn the win against USF on opening weekend. Also set a BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge record with the 12 strikeouts.
Summer 2012: Had nine strikeouts in a six-inning no-hitter on July 29 to lead the Bourne Braves to a win against Harwich in the Cape Cod League. Finished with a 2-4 record overall to go with a 3.95 ERA and 36 strikeouts in nine starts and 41.0 innings pitched.
2012: Earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors. Was 9-4 with a 4.00 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 78.2 innings and 15 starts. Earned his conference leading ninth win of the season at WVU on May 5. Picked up eighth win of the season after allowing just two hits and only one unearned run with six strikeouts in series-clinching win at USF on April 21. Improved to 7-1 on the season with his second straight win after allowing two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings against Seton Hall on April 14. Had best outing of the season on April 6 at Georgetown with 7.0 innings of shutout work and five strikeouts to earn win and improve to 6-1. Lost his first game of the season on March 31 against Villanova after allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits with two walks in season low 4.2 innings. Struck out a career-high 11 while earning his fifth win of the season during his 6.2 innings of work against Cincinnati on March 24. Improved to 4-0 on the season with the win against Ball State on March 17 after allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Earned a no-decision after allowing five runs on eight hits in season-low 4.0 innings pitched against Alabama on March 10. Earned his team-leading third win of the season after allowing only one run with five strikeouts in a career-best 7.0 innings pitched in Cards' 3-1 victory over Pepperdine on March 3. Improved to 2-0 on the season after allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 solid innings against Oakland on Feb. 25. Had a career-high eight strikeouts in a career-long 6.0 innings pitched while earning the win in the Cards' 4-3 win over Illinois. Allowed three runs on three hits in the victory over the Illini.
Summer 2011: Was selected as the Top Pro Prospect and an All-Star in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Playing for the Keene Swamp Bats, he was 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA and 15 strikeouts in two playoff starts. His best outing came in his final start on Aug. 8 when he had 10 strikeouts with only five hits in 6.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn the win against Holyoke. Thompson finished his summer at 4-2 overall with a 1.60 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 10 starts and 50.2 innings pitched.
2011: Finished 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched. Made 18 appearances on the mound, including five starts. Came out of the bullpen for 4.1 innings of shutout relief allowing only three hits with five strikeouts to earn the win in the Cardinals' victory over St. John's at the BIG EAST Championship. Had a scoreless inning of relief at No. 15 Connecticut on May 14. Pitched 1.0 inning of shutout relief against Vanderbilt on May 10. Suffered first loss of the season after giving up only one unearned run on two hits with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief at Seton Hall on May 5. Allowed four runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work in a starting role against Georgetown on May 1. Made fourth start of the season and pitched 3.0 shutout innings against Indiana on April 19. Allowed only two unearned runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings against Kentucky on April 12. Suffered worst outing of his career allowing six runs on six hits in 1.0 inning of relief at WKU on April 5. Had a career high seven strikeouts in a career-long 5.1 innings of work while allowing one run on one hit against WKU on March 29. Earned first career win in first career start allowing only one unearned run on one hit while matching career best four strikeouts against Kent State on March 22. Extended career-opening scoreless stretch to 9.1 innings with 1.0 inning of shutout relief on March 19 against Xavier. Came out of the bullpen for a career-long 4.0 innings of shutout relief with four strikeouts at USC on March 15. Pitched 1.0 shutout inning of relief on March 12 at Pepperdine allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Gave up just one hit with one strikeout in one inning of shutout relief against Morehead State on March 1. Allowed just one hit with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of shutout relief in collegiate debut in Louisville's win over Minnesota at BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.
High School: Thompson earned All-State Honorable Mention as a senior after finishing with a 9-1 record on the mound with a 1.39 ERA, 104 strikeouts and one save for Floyd Central High School, where he was coached by Casey Laduke. He also earned All-Conference honors as a junior after finishing 5-3 on the mound with a 2.09 ERA and 64 strikeouts, while his sophomore season featured a 6-4 record with a 3.35 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He played summer baseball with the Indiana Bulls. Along with three years of baseball, he also earned three letters in football and basketball at Floyd Central. He was an All-State and All-Conference selection on the gridiron as a tight end and defensive tackle for the Highlanders.
Personal: Born Jeffrey Thompson on Sept. 23, 1991, in Louisville, Ky. Son of Latonia and Jeff Thompson. Has one sibling, Jordan. Majoring in sport administration at the University of Louisville. After college, he plans to play professional baseball. People with the greatest influence on his athletic career are his parents, who always supported him and pushed him to be the best he could be. Favorite movies are Notorious, Friday and Next Friday. Enjoys watching SportsCenter and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. Favorite cereal is Cheerios. Favorite candy bar is Snickers. Enjoys eating at Famous Dave's BBQ. Favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys. Enjoys listening to rap and hip-hop.