LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals signed former Bat Cat Zack Thompson.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 11, 2019
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.