TigsTown: What was your reaction to being drafted?
Jake Thompson: I was a little bit surprised. In the mock drafts, I wasn't predicted to go that high. It caught me off-guard. The Tigers, they didn't call me before they drafted me. (Third-round pick) Austin Schotts was the first one to tell me I was drafted by the Tigers.
TigsTown: Have you made a decision whether or not to sign? Where is that process at?
Thompson: I am going to sign. Meeting today (Sunday).
TigsTown: You mentioned being surprised how early you were drafted. I imagine that was a bit of a shock to you?
Thompson: I wasn't really shocked, but I was happy. It was a dream come true.
TigsTown: Your high school team won the Texas state championship recently. How was that experience?
Thompson: It was awesome. Our team had fallen a round short for the past two years, and my freshman year, we lost to the state champions. It was fun to finally get there and to win it.
TigsTown: What do you know about the Tigers? Being from Texas, do you know much about their history or anything?
Thompson: Not a whole lot. I know the team of late, and the organization, has been really good with young players. They have the best pitcher in the game right now in Verlander. They have a great manager. I just know it's a winning organization.
TigsTown: How would you describe yourself as a pitcher? What do you think are your best attributes and some things you need to work on?
Thompson: My best attribute is that I compete really hard. I don't just get up there and throw. I throw with a purpose. My swagger helps me a lot, and I have a really good, hard slider. Something I need to work on, I'd probably say a little bit better command with a lot of guys, commanding my changeup a bit better.
TigsTown: You were committed to TCU. What made you pick them?
Thompson: Their pitching coach. They've produced four or five big-time pitching prospects in the past few years and I really liked them and I had a connection.
TigsTown Growing up, who has helped you the most in getting you to where you are?
Thompson: Obviously my parents have done a lot for me. My high school coach has been really good with making sure I stay level-headed and keep working. I had another coach who was really helpful. He was an ex-minor league pitcher and taught me about the mentality you should have on the mound and not being afraid to throw wherever you want on the plate.
TigsTown: You mentioned you haven't signed yet, but do you have an idea when you're going to get started playing?
Thompson: I'm flying out of Austin on Tuesday. I think we're going to Lakeland.
Thank you to Jake Thompson for taking the time to answer our questions. Be sure to follow Thompson on Twitter at @jthomp15!