Zack Thompson announced his presence with authority against Chinese Taipei on Saturday. The lefty struck out four and did not allow a hit in his first appearance for the USA Collegiate National Team. Chinese Taipei’s offense was silent when Thompson was on the mound. Thompson walked two but did not allow a runner to reach scoring position in his three innings of work.
.@UKBaseball LHP Zack Thompson has shredded this Taiwanese lineup through three. He’s got four strikeouts and scattered two walks. No hits. Sitting 90-91 mph, t94
— Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill) June 30, 2018
Playing for Team USA is one of the highest honors a collegiate player can receive. The 2018 team includes Golden Spikes winner Andrew Vaughn (Cal) and College World Series MVP Adley Rutschman (Oregon State). Thompson proved he deserved to represent his country when he tied team highs in strikeouts and innings pitched in his summer debut.
It is good to see Thompson returning to his true form. The Indiana native missed a large part of his sophomore season thanks to a nagging flexor injury. In 31 innings in 2018, Thompson struck out 42 and allowed 17 runs. The junior lefty is expected to be the top arm for the Cats in 2019.
Thompson will most likely start for Team USA next week against Japan and against Cuba the following week.