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Curtis Barnard Thigpen (born April 19, 1983 in Dallas, Texas) is a right-handed Major League Baseball catcher, who currently plays for the Oakland Athletics organization. Thigpen can also play first base, second base, and third base. He spent his college career at the University of Texas and won the College World Series in 2002 during which he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Thigpen was selected by the Blue Jays in the second round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft with the 57th overall pick.

In 2007, he started the season playing for the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

He was called up from the minors on June 5, 2007, and made his major league debut on June 6, 2007, at Rogers Centre in Toronto against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, when he went 1-4 playing playing first base. After the 2007 season, he finished hitting .238 with 0 home runs, 11 RBIs, a .294 on-base percentage and a .287 slugging percentage over 47 games. During the 2008 season, Thigpen saw less playing time with Rod Barajas coming to Toronto. During the 2008 campaign, Thigpen hit his first home run, and finished the season hitting .176 with one home run and one RBI.

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