Nationals acquire Mason Thompson and Jordy Barley

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson and infielder Jordy Barley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Thompson, 23, is the No. 9 prospect in San Diego’s Minor League system, according to MLBPipeline.com and No. 15 per Baseball America. He is 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA in 24 games for Triple-A El Paso this season. Thompson has recorded 25 strikeouts and allowed eight walks in 28.2 innings of work.

The 6-foot-7, 223-pound right-hander made his Major League debut on June 22 at Los Angeles (NL). He went on to make four appearances out of San Diego’s bullpen, allowing one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 3.0 innings pitched.

Thompson spent the 2020 season at San Diego’s Alternate Training Site and was added to their 40-man roster following the season.

A native of Round Rock, TX, Thompson was selected in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Round Rock (TX) High School and made his professional debut that season with the AZL Padres posting a 2.25 ERA (3 ER/12.0 IP) across five starts.

Barley, 21, hit .240 with eight doubles, two triples, eight homers, 28 RBI, 31 walks, 33 stolen bases and 43 runs scored in 61 games with Low-A Lake Elsinore this season. His 33 stolen bases led San Diego’s Minor League system and rank tied for eighth in all of Minor League Baseball.

The 6-foot, 175-pound infielder has hit .236 with 39 doubles, 16 triples, 24 home runs, 106 RBI, 79 walks, 66 stolen bases and 152 runs scored in 230 games across four professional seasons (2017-2021). In 2019, he led the Northwest League in triples (6th), ranked tied for second in hits (71), tied for third in runs scored (45), fourth in slugging percentage (.423), tied for fifth in home runs (8) and tied for sixth in OPS (.733).

A native of San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic, Barley was signed by the Padres as an international free agent on July 2, 2016.

Hudson, 34, recorded the final out of the 2019 World Series after being acquired at the trade deadline earlier that season. Hudson went 10-3 with 16 saves and a 2.99 ERA in 76 games out of Washington’s bullpen from 2019 to 2021. He struck out 99 batters against just 22 walks in 78.1 innings pitched.