Tanous said they believe he can be a middle of the order bat and they said he controls the strike zone well. He played quarterback in high school. Paul DePodesta added Thompson may be able to move through the system quickly -
BA - #103 - - Thompson attended Westminster Christian in Miami, where he broke the state's single-season (19) and career (55) home runs records, eclipsing the totals of Westminster alumnus Alex Rodriguez along the way. Thompson was drafted by the Yankees in the 38th round in 2012, but went to Miami to play both football and baseball. His career as the Hurricanes quarterback never got off the ground, however, due to two surgeries to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He then missed much of his sophomore baseball season due to thoracic outlet syndrome, which required surgery to remove a rib. Finally fully healthy this spring, Thompson has excelled at the plate and is again producing the kinds of prodigious power numbers he did in high school. He led the country with 19 home runs in the regular season and slugged .683. He's a disciplined hitter and has walked more than he’s struck out during his Miami career. Thompson's shoulder surgeries have left him with below-average arm strength and he will likely be limited to first base as a professional, with an outside chance to play left field. Right-right first basemen face a tough profile, but his track record for hitting for power will likely push him into the top five rounds.
Finding college bats with power seems tough to do these days, so when a hitter at a good college program not only has it, but shows he can use it in games, teams will take notice. Thompson was among the nation's leaders in home runs in 2015, a breakout season at just the right time. Thompson's power from the right side of the plate is not in question, with home run pop to all fields, and not just in batting practice displays. He has a solid approach at the plate, though some evaluators have concern about his ability to hit better pitching. The biggest worry, though, is about Thompson's throwing arm, which is well below-average. He's played third and the outfield in the past, but it seems like first base, where he's played this spring, is his only future position. Regardless of defensive inadequacies, Thompson has hit in the Cape and then carried it over to his junior season. Someone is bound to buy the bat in the top four rounds.