Cardinals sign 1st-round pick Former Cat Zack Thompson

Former Bat Cat inks deal with St. Louis Cardinals

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals signed former Bat Cat Zack Thompson.

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The Cardinals selected Thompson 19th overall in the first round of the MLB Draft, third highest overall.
Thompson is the highest Kentucky baseball pitcher ever drafted.
Thompson was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, each of which is given to the nation’s top player after a dominant season on the mound where he posted a 6-1 record and 2.40 earned run average in 14 starts. In 90.0 innings he allowed just 59 hits and 34 walks while striking out 130 batters. He held opposing hitters to just a .184 batting average and ranked 11th nationally in strikeouts per nine inning with 13.00.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com