Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yankees Draft: 36th Round - Ryan Thompson RHP


Thompson is out of Franklin Pierce University.  He transfered from the University of Connecticut after his redshirt freshman year.

In high school at Souhagan High School in New Hampshire, Thompson was an All-State selection his sophomore and junior year.  He was also All-State Honorable Mention his freshman year.  He did not play his senior season because his dad moved the family back to Calgary.

He redshirted his first year at UConn.  Then as a redshirt freshman in 2010, he made 5 relief appearances going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA.  He struck out 5 in 5.2 innings.

In 2011, at Franklin Pierce, he went 11-1 in 13 starts with a very impressive 1.23 ERA.  He also had 114 strikeouts in 95 innings. He threw 4 complete games.  He was named the Daktronics, American Baseball Coaches Association, and the National College Baseball Writers Association East Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was also awarded the Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year Award and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Division II player of the year award.

A scouting report from the scout said his fastball — which sits consistently at 88 to 92 miles per hour — and slider are already both major league average pitches. He was impressed with Thompson's control and ability to throw strikes.

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