Bubba Thompson is one of four players who will attend the MLB First-Year Player Draft event at the MLB Network headquarters in Secaucus, N.J. on June 12. A two-sport star at McGill-Toolen Cathlic High School in Mobile, Ala., Thompson is an intriguing and athletic prep outfielder with first-round potential.
“About a year ago, I never thought I’d be in this spot,” said Thompson about potentially going in the first-round. “But, I worked my butt off and long days in the cage and in the outfield taking fly balls is starting to pay off for me. To hear my name (called) will be a blessing and a lot of stress off my shoulders.”
Since Thompson’s high school season ended this spring, he’s been busy participating in pre-draft workouts. Thompson has worked out for the Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers.
“It’s been wonderful to get on the major league field and to be able to get out there and show my skill set,” said Thompson about the pre-draft workouts.
Thompson is athletic and known for his speed on both sides of the ball. He’s also solid defensively, possessing a strong and accurate arm.
Prior to his senior season this spring, Thompson prioritized getting stronger in the weight room in hopes of displaying more power from the right side of the plate.
This spring, the speedy outfielder hit .429 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs as senior, while stealing 19 bases in 19 attempts.
“My power is the thing that most improved in my game and showing scouts that I do have power,” Thompson said.
Following the draft, Thompson will have to make a difficult decision, deciding between turning pro and attending the University of Alabama as a student-athlete in the fall.
“If God gives me the opportunity and the financial side of it (works out), then I’ll probably have a good idea of what I want to do,” said Thompson about deciding between pro ball and the draft.
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