Found November 30, 2012 on
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: May 19, 1988
Drafted: 23rd round, 695th overall, 2010 (Athletics)
How Acquired: Trade from Athletics (for Chris Resop)
College: University of Oregon (Eugene)
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Thornton was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the junior college ranks when he was first drafted in 2008, but he didn’t sign. He wasn’t as highly regarded in 2010 when the A’s drafted him. They assigned him immediately to the bullpen and he’s never started a game in the minors, which probably indicates they didn’t consider him a prospect. He throws from a low 3/4 angle, with a fastball that can be in the low 90s or in the upper 80s. At the time the A’s drafted him he had a good change and unimpressive breaking ball. He’s generally had high K rates so far, but in the low minors that can result from an odd delivery that may not work as well at upper levels o
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The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-hander Chris Resop from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league right-hander Zach Thornton.
The A's also announced Friday that they will not offer a contract to outfielder Jermaine Mitchell. A move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Resop will be announced later.
Resop was 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA in 61 relief appearances...
The Pirates acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Zach Thornton from
the Oakland Athletics organization in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chris Resop. They also got minor league right-handed pitcher Jhondaniel Medina
from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder Yamaico Navarro.
In another cost cutting move the Pirates traded reliever Chris Resop to the Oakland Athletics for 24 year old, A-ball reliever Zach Thornton. Thornton was drafted out of college by the A’s and has spent three years in the minors, making it to AA last year for the first time where he pitched 3.0 innings [...]
Chris Resop has been traded to the Athletics.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made two trades, dealing Yamaico Navarro and Chris Resop in separate deals, both announced by a team press release. They dealt Navarro to the Orioles for Jhondaniel Medina, and dealt Resop to the Athletics for Zach Thornton.
Medina has pitched as high as short-season A-ball, although he only had four innings...
The Pirates’ decision to non-tender Jeff Karstens was the big news of the day, but they still had seven other players to deal with in advance of Friday’s midnight deadline.
Chris Resop was traded to Oakland for Zach Stewart, a reliever in high-A ball. Basically, he was non-tendered and the Bucs got a tiny return instead of nothing. I thought there was a chance Resop would be...
The Pirates had a busy day. They traded Chris Resop, who was arbitration eligible for the second time and projected to make $1.3 M. They also dealt Yamaico Navarro (same link), who wasn’t arbitration eligible, but was designated for assignment the other day.
They non-tendered Jeff Karstens, then reached a deal with Charlie Morton for $2 M (I’ll get into this in a bit).
Rob Biertempfel tweeted this afternoon that the Pirates will non-tender Jeff Karstens at tonight's midnight deadline. There's no word yet on any of the Pirates' other arbitration-eligible players, but Karstens was probably the most important player on the brink (Charlie Morton may get non-tendered, but that's probably more health-related than money related and I could...