The Washington Huskies achieved a great recruiting feat when they secured a commitment from the number one safety recruit in the 2012 class, Shaq Thompson. The commitment was a huge get for the Huskies as Thompson was originally committed to California before changing his mind and switching allegiances to UW. The 5-star recruit will be an immediate impact player for a defense that struggled last season, but Thompson is taking some time to explore other opportunities before reporting for classes.
Thompson, who played one year of varsity baseball in high school, was selected in the 18th round of the MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox and has been playing for Boston’s Gulf Coast League affiliate as an outfielder. Huskies fans don’t need to worry about Thompson skipping school for a shot at the big leagues, though, cause it turns out he’s pretty terrible.
Since being drafted, Thompson has failed to get a hit. In fact, through Friday, Thompson is 0-for-39 with an impressively woeful 37 strikeouts. To his credit, he has drawn eight walks, but it seems that keeping the bat on the shoulder is the best offense Thompson can muster. In nearly 40 outs, the star safety has been able to put the ball in play just twice. Holding the bat out in front of you would likely yield more contact than Thompson has been able to muster.
The bar of expectations have been lowered by Thompson’s career-opening slump that when he lined out to right field to continue his hitless streak, his teammates celebrated with him when he got back to the dugout with high fives all around. When you’ve only put one other ball into play in your entire career, an easy fly-out is progress worth celebrating.
Shaq Thompson is an incredibly gifted football player and the prize of the Huskies’ 2012 recruiting class. And it’s a good thing he’s so good at football, because he certainly doesn’t have a future in baseball.
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