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School: The Citadel; Class: Junior
Position: 1B; B/T: R/R
Height: 5-10; Weight: 255 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: About as well-built as any prospect in the draft, perhaps even a little Prince Fielder-esque, Thompson, who stands just 5-foot-10 and weighs a solid 255, started out a bit sluggish this season, but has rebounded nicely to push his triple-slash line to an impressive .297/.459/.436 through The Citadel’s first 51 games.
Thompson’s name shot up the draft charts – and quickly became a personal favorite of mine – after finishing the 2013 season with 54 walks, the sixth most in DI baseball, and 14 homeruns.
For his career, at least through nearly 90% of his junior season, Thompson owns a .286/.439/.456 line with 18 doubles, 24 homeruns, and a stunningly high 36 HBPs (including 18 this season).
Projection: Again, he’s an absolute personal favorite of mine – elite plate discipline, solid contact skills and above-average power. Add in the fact that The Citadel’s home field is bordering on an extreme pitcher’s park and the numbers are all the more impressive.
Thompson isn’t likely to hit for much average, but the power/patience combo could push him into the opening rounds of the draft. Personally, I’d take a flier on him at the end of the supplemental first round/second round, but he could go anywhere from the third- to fifth-rounds given his lack of experience against elite competition.
Love, love, love the bat.
Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round
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