Daryl Thompson is a 37-year-old pitcher from La Plata, Maryland. Dubbed the nickname “The Prince of La Plata,” the righty was drafted right out of La Plata High School to the Montreal Expos in 2003, making him the last active Expos draft pick since the team became the Washington Nationals in 2005.
Thompson was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 in a trade that involved eight total players; two years later, he was called up and made his MLB debut at Yankee Stadium. The twirler has also been with the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets; his first year with the Blue Crabs was in 2012.
For the past three years, Thompson has put himself in the argument as the greatest pitcher in Atlantic League history. Last season Thompson won his third straight Pitcher of the Year award, becoming the first pitcher to accomplish the feat. In the record books, you can see Thompson’s name next to career marks for wins (91) and strikeouts (968). Going into this season, he could become the first Pitcher to win 100 career games and 1000 career strikeouts.