Rookie of the Year (Pitching) – Ryan Thompson
This award goes to the pitcher who made their Double-A debut this year with the Hooks. The 2016 winner: Ryan Thompson.
Thompson is a native of Turner, Oregon who was drafted by the Astros in the 23rd round of the 2014 draft. The righty made his Double-A debut on June 21st throwing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts against the San Antonio Missions. Thompson continued to mow down Double-A hitting, posting a 1.80 ERA with a .221 batting average against him in 23 appearances with the Hooks.
No Hooks pitcher with at least 40 innings under his belt with Corpus Christi had a lower ERA than Thompson, including David Paulino who made his major league debut in September. Thompson had a solid 1.05 WHIP and did not allow a home run with the Hooks.