Kentucky’s Zack Thompson had an outstanding freshman season on the mound for the Wildcats in 2017 and followed it up with another good year in 2018, despite being injured through much of the conference slate. In his two seasons in Lexington, the lefty has a 10-4 record with a 3.88 earned run average and 138 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. His opponents are hitting just .195 against him and he ranks second on the program’s career hits allowed per nine innings with just 6.24.
Looking ahead to his third season, Thompson is garnering some national attention and is projected to be a serious MLB prospect. In fact, MLB.com lists him as one of the 10 best college players in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Here’s what the website had to say:
7. Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky: Thompson may have at least partially answered some questions about his elbow, which forced him out of action for a chunk of his sophomore season, while pitching for Team USA this summer. He tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings over three appearances and while he did walk five, he only allowed three hits and struck out seven. Yes, he’ll have to show he’s durable for a full season in the spring, but this was a nice finish to a disappointing season. [MLB.com]
Thompson was the only SEC player on the list, surprisingly.