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Socastee’s Thompson not stressing as name likely to be called in MLB draft

Socastee’s Dylan Thompson compiled a 16-4 record (6-2 as a sophomore and 5-1 as a junior and senior), never had an ERA above 1.99 and struck out 173 batters in that time frame.
Socastee’s Dylan Thompson compiled a 16-4 record (6-2 as a sophomore and 5-1 as a junior and senior), never had an ERA above 1.99 and struck out 173 batters in that time frame. For The Sun News

Dylan Thompson isn’t stressing out too much about the next two days.

The Socastee baseball standout, Coastal Carolina signee and likely Major League Baseball Amateur Draft selection spent part of Monday on a golf course in Pawleys Island and has no watch party planned for the draft. But if various projections hold true, Thompson could be selected as early as Tuesday, when rounds three through 10 take place.

If not then, the final 30 rounds are Wednesday.

“I have no expectations right now,” Thompson said. “Anything that happens right now would be a blessing. I have no clue what will happen.”

Thompson said he and his family have spoken to various scouts, but that there has been no indication when or where he will go. That’s fairly routine, especially considering that the high-profile selections in the first two rounds tend to shake up the subsequent ones.

Part of Thompson’s mental approach to the draft is tied to what he has already locked down. He verbally committed to Coastal Carolina two years ago and signed with the Chanticleers in November.

All the chatter in recent months as his draft status has seemingly improved, then, is background noise to him.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he said. “It would be awesome [to be drafted]. I would love to play at Coastal. And it’s every kid’s dream to play in the big leagues.

“That’s the good thing. No matter what happens, I still get another shot at it if I stay healthy.”

Thompson has remained among the most consistently reliable players on the Grand Strand over the course of the last three years. He compiled a 16-4 record (6-2 as a sophomore and 5-1 as a junior and senior), never had an ERA above 1.99 and struck out 173 batters in that time frame.

He was named to the South Carolina Select team. Those games are played Thursday and Friday, coincidentally at Coastal Carolina’s Springs Brooks Stadium.

Thompson said he will decide if he’s playing in those games after the draft. If he is selected, he’ll join a list of local players picked out of high school that is led by Grant Holmes. The former Conway pitcher was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round last year.

He was the only area player to ever go that high, although the last six years a number of locals were drafted.

Former St. James outfielder Tanner English was selected in the 13th round in 2011, although he enrolled at South Carolina and was eventually picked two rounds higher last June. His high school teammate, Gunnar Heidt, was picked up in the 13th round after a successful career at College of Charleston.

Carolina Forest pitcher Erich Knab was picked in the 13th round in 2012, North Myrtle Beach outfielder Paul Faulk was selected in the 38th round in 2009 and Conway’s Colby Holmes was picked in 2009, although he also enrolled at South Carolina.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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