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Padres Top 50 Prospects: #40-#36

The Top 50 continues, and with the exception of the numbers before the names there is no pattern to be picked up on. Record breaking power hitters alongside 19 year old pitchers? The rankings are in. <b>40. Mike Thompson </b>suffered through seasons of mediocrity in the Padres' system before finally "getting it" this past season. To hear scouts in the system recant his tale, they say some players, and more precisely pitchers, take longer than others to grasp the game. <br><br>

The right-hander began the year in the bullpen, allowing runs in four of his 17 appearances. He was promoted to the starting rotation and went 9-2, winning his first five decisions. Thompson's game is based on putting the ball in play and trusting his defenders. He does not have overpowering stuff and won't register a ton of strikeouts. What he does well is damage control. He buckles down...

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