School: Miami; Class: Junior
Position: 3B; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 220
Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 38th round, 2012
Background: Thompson set the state record for homeruns in a single season, 19, and a career, 55, during his four-year prep run with Westminster Christian (St. Louis, MO). The 6-foot-2, 220-pound third baseman had to solid, yet uninspiring seasons to begin his career in a Hurricane uniform, hitting .286/.368/.462 with 20 extra-base hits as a true freshman and following that up with a .278/.368/.352 triple-slash line.
Thompson, a late round pick by the Yankees coming out of high school, spent last summer in the Cape, hitting a more than respectable .331/.383/.466 with 10 doubles and four homeruns in 42 games.
This season he had his coming out party – finally.
Through his first 58 games, Thompson is slugging .335/.447/.683 with 16 doubles, a pair of triples, and a NCAA-leading 19 homeruns (as of May 28th, he’s tied with Eastern Kentucky’s Kyle Nowlin).
Projection: The most impressive part of his breakout season: he’s sporting an impeccable 24-to-41 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Thompson’s sporting above-average to plus-power, something in the range of 25-homeruns in a full professional season, with a surprisingly solid hit tool and a decent eye at the plate.
Defensively, he needs work. He’s already committed 12 errors this year.
Overall, though, Thompson best offering – his power potential – comes at a time when it’s in dire need at the professional level. And, quite frankly, it’s a bit surprising he’s not more talked about. He’s one of those guys that could very easily slide out of the first round and become an instant steal.
Ceiling: 2.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: Mid to Late First Round
Photo Courtesy of hurricanesports.com.