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Vols’ Thompson Signs with Rangers

JALC sophomore lefthander Derek Thompson recently signed a professional contract with the Texas Rangers and has been assigned to an instructional league camp for first-year pros. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

JALC sophomore lefthander Derek Thompson recently signed a professional contract with the Texas Rangers and has been assigned to an instructional league camp for first-year pros. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – One of the better pitchers to ever take the hill at John A. Logan College recently signed his first professional contract.

Sophomore lefthander Derek Thompson of Teutopolis was drafted in the 12th round by the Texas Rangers earlier this month and accepted a $100,000 contract offer to forego his last two years of college eligibility.

Thompson’s 8-3 record was tops for the Vols, who finished 32-25 overall. He struck out 118 batters to lead the nation with only 30 walks and turned in a solid 2.37 earned-run-average with a team-best 87 innings pitched. He also had three shutouts to his credit this spring.

Thompson was sensational his freshman year, as well, putting together an 8-1 record with 98 strikeouts in 78 innings and sporting a microscopic 1.50 ERA.

Logan head coach Jerry Halstead, who knows a thing or two about pitching, having pitched for Itchy Jones at SIUC 30 years ago, said Thompson was every bit as good as advertised after enrolling at Logan in the fall of 2011.

“Derek came here after being drafted in the 29th round out of high school and improved his standing each year with us,” Halstead said. “He was selected in the 13th round a year ago and now the 12th round with Texas. We are extremely happy to see his hard work pay off for him, resulting in a six-figure contract that is rewarding for him and his family. We wish him continued success.”