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Bubba Thompson

#8 | LF/CF/RF
Texas Rangers Texas Rangers
Bubba Thompson
Name: Leslie A. Thompson
Born: Jun 9, 1998 in Theodore, AL
High School: McGill-Toolen Catholic HS, Mobile, Ala.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (26th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2017 (signed for $2,100,000)
On the high school showcase circuit, Thompson fit more into the "projectable athlete" category; he was an accomplished quarterback.Thompson has made progress this spring in terms of translating his elite athleticism into baseball skills. He's a righthanded hitter with a projectable, broad-shouldered frame and a high-waist. Thompson flashes plus bat speed and has shown plus raw power this spring. His 70-grade speed gives him a chance to develop into a base-stealing threat and stay in center field; his reads and reactions in the outfield are raw, but he has the speed necessary to make up for his mistakes and he made some highlight-reel caliber plays this spring. Thompson will turn 19 a few days prior to the draft, making him old for the high school class. While he showed flashes of hitting in games on the showcase circuit, he was not seen as a premium hitter for average. He's hit well against inferior competition this spring. Thompson has drawn interest from teams in the first round, with the Dodgers and Yankees being two of the teams that have shown some of the most interest. He is committed to Alabama but is expected to sign.
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