Nine hundred names were on the list of last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, a three-day conference call of sorts that scramble for the hottest young prospects in the country. Among those getting attention was Siuslaw graduate Jacob Thompson, an all-league, all-state talent already throwing consistently near the 90-mph mark.
On Friday, Chicago Cubs recruiter Al Geddes called to say the MLB club was interested in having Thompson in a Cubs uniform.
“We saw Jake early on in the season against North Marion,” Geddes said in a phone interview yesterday. “He’s got good movement on the ball, good location in the strike zone, and is competitive.”
This past winter, however, Thompson signed his intentions to play for the national championship Beavers at Oregon State, where he was offered a scholarship, something Thompson described as a “dream come true.”
As a precautionary measure, the Cubs held off on drafting Thompson until the 34th round during the final day of the 40-round draft on Saturday.
The Cubs’ decision to hold off was due mainly to Thompson’s lack of straight-up signability, given his commitment to play for the Beavers. It’s a move many MLB clubs are making due to new drafting rules, which limit spending after the 10th round and flexibility in the first 10 rounds.
Prospects like Thompson who have make it clear prior to the draft that they are heading to school are drafted later to allow more time and, simultaneously, keep from making a costly bid that doesn’t pan out.For the complete article see the 06-12-2013 issue.
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