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UW Husky signee goes hitless — for his entire baseball season

Shaq Thompson AP

And somewhere, Mario Mendoza is rolling on the floor in laughter.

Last month we noted that Shaq Thompson, the five-star defensive back jewel of Washington’s 2012 recruiting class, had signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Boston Red Sox.  The plan was for Thompson to play through a portion of the summer and then join the Huskies for summer camp in the beginning of August.

According to the Seattle Times, Thompson’s baseball season has indeed come to an end, although it didn’t exactly go as planned.  For the limited season, Thompson played a total of 12 games in the outfield for the minor league affiliate Gulf Coast Red Sox, and went hitless in 39 at-bats.

Not only that, but he struck out a whopping 37 times.  In other words, not only is Mendoza on the floor LOLing, but so is Rob Deer.

Thompson received a $45,000 signing bonus from the Sox organization, incidentally.

The Times reports that Thompson, who was rated as the No. 7 recruit at any position by Rivals.com, will be on UW’s campus a week from yesterday, provided he doesn’t swing and miss the exit ramp, of course.

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11 Responses to “UW Husky signee goes hitless — for his entire baseball season”
  1. handsofsweed says: Jul 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Mickey Tettleton, Steve Balboni, Ron Kittle, Rob Deer and Pete Incaviglia.

    Good old .230 hitters. Like a hell of a beer league softball lineup.

  2. imforbigblue says: Jul 21, 2012 5:42 PM

    Wow that’s so bad it’s funny and what a waste of $45,000. I’d bet you another $45,000 if you gave me 37 try’s at bat I’d at least hit it once

  3. steeler1nation says: Jul 21, 2012 7:46 PM

    hey…at least he gave it a shot.
    I’m sure a lot of people on here will rip this kid, and say: “I could’ve done better”…but, you know what, at least he won’t be living with regret and saying to himself one day: “I wish I would’ve tried the baseball thing when I was younger.”
    Kudos to the young man for having the rocks to actually give it a shot, instead of talking about it – like most do.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Jul 22, 2012 12:16 AM

    I think that’s the correct way to look at it as well. He didn’t miss out on anything and got a quick dose of reality with baseball. Better he did it now then look back later and maybe cause doubts on where he really belongs.

    Kudos for the effort, now go strap it on cuz you got LSU coming up in just a handful of weeks and I’m sure you will be playing a major role for your defense.

  5. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jul 22, 2012 7:19 AM

    Sark got himself a hell of a football player here. I would have loved to see this kid at USC.

  6. pdcooper08 says: Jul 22, 2012 7:25 AM

    I agree with the last post. It looked like he was headed to SC for some time, and something went wrong. I’m not sure what happened. He first switch to Cal then to UW.

    Regardless, he is in a good place and will have a great shot at excelling. Good luck to him.

  7. kdbroom says: Jul 22, 2012 7:46 AM

    Wow. They would have had just as much luck if they wouldn’t have sent ANYONE to the plate in his spot. 37 strikeouts in 39 at-bats?

  8. wretchu says: Jul 22, 2012 8:58 AM

    @kdbroom
    Not quite true. He did manage to draw 8 walks so it’s not like he was never on base at all.

  9. kdbroom says: Jul 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    @wretchu,

    Wooooo….eight walks…..impressive. You must not recognize sarcasm easily.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Jul 22, 2012 10:51 AM

    8 walks, 3 runs scored, 1 SB, and an RBI…to go with .000 BA, .170 OBP, .170 OPS, and 1 CS. 39 at-bats. That’s obviously a bad stat line, but keep in mind that the guy had played exactly one season of baseball since finishing elementary school. That was his senior year of high school:

    “In 66 senior plate appearances, he hit .305/.379/.644. He struck out 18 times in 59 at-bats. After he signed with the Sox, Green-Thompson said that he needed to work on his hitting—hold that thought—but that he was confident in his defensive skills. So were scouts. The Bee reported that his “remarkable speed allowed him to cover a lot of ground, and his cannon arm had one scout at a game earlier this season saying, ‘He’s draftable for his defense and speed alone.’ Rumor had it Toronto had the most interest, but the Sox snapped him up first.”

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17599

    That same article says that he’s just behind the speed of the game, which should be almost obvious. Offensive failures like this were probably not far below expectations, since the guy’s so incredibly raw at seeing the pitcher’s release and timing the pitch. Obviously the top safety prospect in the nation could end up with a better future in football, but considering the shorter, more debilitating career football represents, I would be shocked if he were to hang up his baseball cleats entirely. I’d also be very surprised if the Red Sox organization weren’t heavily in favor of continued work. The problem is he’s not going to get a whole lot of polish on that batting issue while playing football at UW, unless he gets a coach up there to help him.

  11. lilrock9 says: Jul 22, 2012 10:14 PM

    As a USC fan , I thought he was the best player in the country coming out of high school. No worries , he will be a top 10 pic in the NFL in 3 years. Great young FS

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