The Boston Red Sox have selected Oregon State right-handed pitcher, Jake Thompson, with the 131st overall in the 4th of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Jake Thompson has been unbelievable this year for the 54-4, Omaha bound Beavers. After an up-and-down Oregon State career the redshirt junior engineered one of the best pitching seasons in recent memory. His 14-0 record places him first in the nation for wins and holds an insane 1.52 ERA. He’s pitched 118.1 innings and struck out 113 batters; all while allowing opponents to hit a paltry .184 from the plate.
Not enough can be said about the improvements Jake Thompson has shown. He’s developed into one of the premier “aces” in the nation when few expected him to do so.
Just look at his improvements year-to-year at Oregon State:
Jake Thompson, was drafted by the Cubs (34th round) out of high school, but did not hear his name called last year despite being eligible. Scouts have changed their tune though and view Thompson as a potential starter at the next level. He’s shown a consistent fastball in the 93-95 MPH range; that can creep into the high 90’s at times. He also throws his slider incredibly well to keep batters off-balanced. Scouts would like him to improve his change-up and command of the strike zone, but Boston is getting a very polished pitcher who could contribute sooner rather than later.