RISD’s five Major League Baseball draftees from last week’s First Year Player Draft all came to the same decision - play professional baseball.
Heath’s Jake Thompson, the first pick of the Detroit Tigers and the 91st overall selection, made the decision to go straight into pro baseball instead of playing collegiate ball at TCU after he led the Hawks to the Class 4A state championship last Friday. He agreed to contract terms over the weekend.
Rockwall catcher Steve Bean, the 59th overall pick and the St. Louis Cardinals fifth selection in the first day’s Compensation A round, agreed to terms following his high draft. He had previously decided that if he was chosen before a certain undisclosed round he would turn pro.
It was still uncertain at press time if RHS’s Spencer Edwards has technically inked his contract, but his intention was clear.
“I’m ready to play professional baseball and I’m going to sign with the Rays,” said Edwards. “It’s been my dream to play professional ball since I was in the first grade.” The speedy shortstop was Tampa Bay’s second selection and the 88th overall pick.
Travis Ballew, a Rockwall-ex and Texas State junior pitcher, decided to sign with the Houston Astros and forego his senior season at Texas State.
Former Heath player Drew VerHagen, who was a junior pitcher at Vanderbilt, settled on terms with Detroit, where he will join Thompson at the Tigers rookie camp.
All of the RISD draftees were scheduled to report to their assigned rookie camps this week.