It did not take long for Tristan Pompey to come off the board on day two of the MLB draft. The Kentucky outfielder was taken by the Miami Marlins in the third round with the 89th overall pick on Tuesday. Pompey was the second player selected from UK in the draft after Sean Hjelle went off the board at #45 to the Giants in the second round.
Pompey came to Lexington via Toronto in 2016. The athletic outfielder was drafted out of high school but chose to attend UK for three seasons. Pompey hit .321 with 24 home runs and 113 RBIs in 165 games at UK. In 2018, Pompey saw his draft stock drop because of injuries throughout the year. Despite being banged up throughout 2018, Pompey still hit .335 and drove in 39 runs as a junior.
The Marlins must see all the good parts of Pompey’s game. He has the potential to be a high-average hitter with good power who can play one of the corner outfield spots. There have been questions about his defense and makeup, but the Marlins decided to take a chance on him in the third round.
Miami has a track record of taking former UK players in the draft. The Marlins have picked former Cats J.T Riddle, Cam Flynn, Kyle Barrett, Dustin Beggs, and Riley Mahan in the last six years. It is expected that Pompey will sign with the Marlins with the 89th pick having a slot value of $642,600.
Best of luck. Tristan!