Former Kentucky baseball star Zack Thompson just made a significant jump in the ranks
After allowing just two hits, one unearned run, and managing two strikeouts in his professional debut on June 29, the first-round draft pick has been promoted three levels in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system.
Starting out with the GCL Cardinals in the Rookie League, Thompson jumped all the way up to Class A-Advanced with Palm Beach, skipping over Class A Short Season (State College Spikes) and Class A (Peoria Chiefs) in the process.
The #STLCards have promoted their first round draft pick, LHP Zack Thompson, from GCL Cardinals to Palm Beach.
— Rob Rains (@RobRains) July 4, 2019
Now, the former Wildcat is already just two stops away from the majors, with those jumps being with the Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) and Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A).
In 14 starts at Kentucky last season, Thompson posted a 6-1 record and 2.40 earned run average overall. In 90.0 total innings, the newest St. Louis Cardinal allowed just 59 hits and 34 walks while striking out 130 batters. He also held opposing hitters to just a .184 batting average and ranked 11th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings with 13.00.
Thompson ranks third on UK’s career strikeouts list with 268 and second on the single-season list with 130, which is a record for a left-handed pitcher.
The Cardinals selected Thompson with the No. 19 overall pick back on June 3.