Scottsdale, Arizona —— After reaching Double-A for the first time in 2017, and hitting .263/.325/.429/.754 at Binghamton as the primary third baseman appearing in 133 games, New York Mets prospect David Thompson is now wrapping up a fall schedule out at the Arizona Fall League playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. In 14 games out in Scottsdale as the AFL season wraps up this week, Thompson has found his stroke a bit, slashing .327/.373/.564/.937 with six doubles, two triples, and a home run in 55 at-bats.
Late last week, the University of Miami product took some time out before a Scottsdale game on the road at Salt River to talk to Baseball Census on-air host Sande Charles about his experiences out here at the AFL this month. He also shared a bit about what it was like to go to the same high school as Alex Rodriguez — and how that turned into a memorable lunch with A-Rod and Cameron Diaz back when those two were dating, and David Thompson was still a college star for the Hurricanes.
You can watch that full—and fun—pre-game interview with the New York Mets prospect right here:
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As for David Thompson, it’s likely the 24-year-old finds himself playing at Triple-A Las Vegas to begin 2018. This will mark just his fourth professional year, so he’s got some time to develop yet before Rule 5 and some other major minor league markers hit; to that end, then, the New York Mets have the luxury of not needing to rush or protect him while allowing their third base prospect to develop and grow into some of the over-the-fence power they are no doubt hoping for at a corner infield slot. Assuming David Thompson is in Las Vegas next year, we should have a considerable amount of video and coverage of him along with the rest of the 51s, just as we did with that club and its prospects this year.
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