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Socastee’s Thompson to sign with Mariners, forgo Coastal Carolina commitment

Dylan Thompson pitches in 2014. He confirmed Monday that he will sign with the Seattle Mariners as a fourth-round selection.
Dylan Thompson pitches in 2014. He confirmed Monday that he will sign with the Seattle Mariners as a fourth-round selection. The Sun News file photo

Back in November, Dylan Thompson had a signing ceremony at Socastee recognizing his commitment to the Coastal Carolina baseball program.

Tuesday, he’ll have a different kind of signing ceremony.

The Braves pitcher and his family needed less than a week to decide pro baseball should happen sooner rather than later. He will ink with the Seattle Mariners organization, a move that overrides his previous one to the Chanticleers.

The news was first reported by WBTW, and Thompson – who was in Seattle Monday night – confirmed it via text message.

It was a move both draft experts and CCU coach Gary Gilmore expected. They recognized his position in the draft and the slot money (approximately $448,000) garnered because of it.

Thompson was selected in the fourth round of last week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft. He was the 125th overall player picked.

After being drafted last week, Thompson told The Sun News the experience was “breathtaking.”

Thompson was just the 16th high school player drafted out of high school in The Sun News current coverage area. He holds the distinction of taking the second-highest draft position of any local player straight out of high school.

Last year, Conway pitch Grant Holmes became the area’s first-ever first-round draft pick.

Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound right hander, shot up the various projections and scouts’ pecking orders during his spectacular final season with the Braves. As a senior, he was 5-1 with a 1.28 ERA while striking out 58 batters in 43.2 innings. He gave up just eight earned runs and was named to the Class AAAA All-State team and this week’s N.C.-S.C. Select series.

He was also 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA as a junior and 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA during his sophomore season. Between the three years, he struck out 173 opposing hitters.

Thompson’s ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Socastee. He is expected to be placed in one of the Mariners’ lower-level teams as soon as this weekend.

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