Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Shaq Thompson has opted to call it quits on his baseball career and focus on football full-time.
Thompson was picked in the 18th round in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft. He was incredibly raw, having not played baseball for a few years prior to high school, but earned himself a starting spot in center field with the short-season GCL Red Sox. He did not play any regular season games in the Red Sox organization this season, but did spend Spring Training in Fort Myers in minor league camp.
Thompson is thought to be a big NFL prospect playing linebacker at the University of Washington, so here is to hoping he has a more successful pro football career than pro baseball career. Why is that you ask? Thompson has a very unenviable stat of going 0-for-39 with 37 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
While one baseball career comes to an end, several more are just getting started. Short season ball has begun again, and while Trey Ball and Jon Denney have yet to make their pro debut, some later picks have.
My favorite name from the draft, college outfielder out of Central Arkansas, Forrest Allday, has already proven his scouting report correct in just two games. He is known to have a great approach and eye at the plate, and has proven it with a couple walks in his first two pro games. He doesn’t have much power, but could develop into an on-base machine who could be a fourth or fifth outfielder.
Potential future regulars in the Boston bullpen Kyle Martin and Taylor Grover both made scoreless debuts, with Grover earning himself a save.
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