College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 87 with Louisville sophomore RHP Jeff Thompson. The 6’6 265 pound right-handed pitcher out of Greenville, Indiana attended Floyd Central High School. He won three letters in baseball while accumulating a 9-1 record on the mound with a 1.39 ERA, 104 strikeouts and one save as a senior.
He decided to continue his baseball career at the University of Louisville to play under Dan McDonnell. His freshman season in 2011 saw him make 18 appearances (five starts) going 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched. He ended up walking 18 batters but was able to strike out 43 while holding opponents to a .258 batting average against.
Thompson spent the summer of 2011 in the NECBL with the Keene Swamp Bats. He started ten games totalling 50.2 innings over the summer in the regular season and playoffs combined. He went a respectable 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA while striking out 68 batters and walking 19. Baseball America named him the fourth best prospect in the league in their 2011 Summer League Rankings.
A full interview from Louisville Media Relations with Jeff is available by clicking here.
You can check out the rest of our Top 100 countdown by clicking here.