Daryl Marcelus Thompson (born November 2, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He also played in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 and 2011.
Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals
Thompson was selected in the 8th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos.
On July 13, 2006, the Reds traded Austin Kearns, Felipe López, and Ryan Wagner to the Washington Nationals for Thompson, Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, and Gary Majewski. Thompson rose quickly through the minor league system of the Reds. While playing for the Triple-A Louisville Bats, where he won three games in four starts.
After compiling a 2.22 ERA in the minors, Thompson was called up by the Reds on June 20, 2008, to replace the 0-3 Homer Bailey. His first start came on June 21, 2008, against another rookie making his first start, Dan Giese of the New York Yankees. He pitched well, allowing no runs while striking out two and stranding eight baserunners (four hits/four walks) over five innings.
After 2009 Spring Training, he was assigned to the Triple A Louisville Bats to gain more experience.
Thompson was outrighted to Louisville from the 40-man roster, and accepted his assignment with an invite to Spring Training. He was re-added to the 40-man roster following the 2010 season.
On May 26, 2011, Thompson was recalled to the majors when Matt Maloney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Thompson signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on November 22, 2011.
New York Mets
He signed a minor league deal with the Mets on August 20, 2013 and was assigned to AAA Las Vegas.
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Thompson signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the 2015 season. He became a free agent after the 2015 season. He resigned on April 5, 2016.