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Rockwall-Heath's Jake Thompson agrees to terms with Detroit, says he looks forward to facing Josh Hamilton
Rockwall-Heath pitcher Jake Thompson was drafted in the second round with the 91st overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in last week’s MLB Draft and signed with the team on Tuesday.
“I feel great. It was an exciting week. Drafted, graduated, and won a state championship,” Thompson told the Detroit Free Press in a live chat. “I took a comebacker to the leg during the semi final. It didn't bother me too much until the last two innings and I just gutted it out. Winning the state championship was what we had worked for since I was a freshman. Felt great to win.”
Thompson, who says he most looks forward to facing Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, added that ‘it is an honor to be a Tiger’ and a ‘dream come true.’ The rookie pitcher is already looking forward to learning from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
“You can't go wrong by watching the best in the game,” Thompson said. “I hope that I have a chance to meet him and get a few words of advice.”
Thompson had committed to play for TCU but chose to pursue his professional career instead. He hopes to be in the Tigers' starting rotation in a few years.
"I hope that by the time I am 23, I have a starting spot in a rotation," he said.