Drafted fourth in 2015 from Miami, he received a $425,000 bonus. Thompson played his first season for the Brooklyn Cyclones, hitting only .218.
Here’s what he said about his performance in his first season of pro ball:
I was tired, but I just had a bad year swinging at some bad pitches . . . I didn’t play too well.This season he’s playing for the Columbia Fireflies in the South Atlantic League, a Class A league.
Here is what he said about his current play:
Just trying to buy into the Mets’ approach, which I’ve still got a lot to work on . . . I’m still getting myself out too much by swinging at bad pitches. But I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better at swinging at my pitch instead of a pitcher’s pitch. I’m still working on that. I’m still chasing too many balls. But that’s where I’m working the most.Currently, he’s hitting .294 with four homers. He’s leading the league in RBIs (48) — the third highest among all Mets minor leaguers — but has a high strikeout to walk ratio (42:13).
He was the only third baseman drafted in 2015 that the team signed. In 2014 the team drafted and signed only one third baseman, Eudor Garcia, who’s currently serving an 80-game suspension for PED use, and in 2013 did not draft any. In 2016, the Mets drafted three third basemen: Blake Tiberi, Jay Jabs, and Rylan Thomas.