Name: Andrew Thompson
Position: Middle Infielder
DOB: November 11, 1986
The Twins selected Drew Thompson in the second round of the 2005 June Draft, and he quickly signed for 475,000 dollars. A slick-fielding middle infielder, who can play both shortstop and second base, Thompson is the son of former Major Leaguer Robby Thompson. He was the first of three sons of former Major Leaguers to be selected by the Twins in 2005, as he was followed by Steven Tolleson, and Toby Gardenhire in the draft.
After playing his high school baseball at Tequesta High School in Florida, Thompson figured he was ready to make the jump to the professional ranks. He was a highly recruited middle infielder, but the Twins saw enough in him to make him a high draft choice. Ready to make the giant leap and forgo collegiate baseball, Thompson was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Twins.
He appeared in 35 games for the Gulf Coast League Twins during the 2005 season, and was seen as more of a table setter for the team. His 22 runs were good enough for second on the team, and he he posted a .385 on base percentage, despite batting only .258. Still, he provided some pop in the lineup as well, finishing second on the team with two home runs, and also finishing second on the team with 20 runs batted.
He also proved to be a valuable commodity in the field, as he played both middle infield positions. While he did make eight errors, he showed enough flash in the field to get the Twins excited about what he brings to both middle infield positions. He formed a nice double play combination with fellow second rounder Paul Kelly, and was given a promotion to High-A Fort Myers.
For the Miracle, Thompson put up some nice numbers at the plate. He batted .308 in four games, although those within the organization felt he was wearing down towards the end of the season. Still, he put together a nice season, and was exactly what the Twins were hoping he would be when they drafted him.
Batting and Power: Thompson figures to be a pretty decent offensive second baseman as he continues to progress as a professional, and showed some good signs of that in 2005. He has a pretty good batting eye for someone his age, and proved to be a very picky hitter. If he puts on some weight, he could proved to have tremendous gap power, although he will never put up staggering home run numbers. He figures to project as a top of the order hitter, due to his ability to get on base, and score some runs. He is also very disciplined at the plate, and figures to have good strikeout to walk ratios throughout his career..
Baserunning and Speed:Thompson has good speed, and like at the plate, is very disciplined on the base paths. He stole six bases during his 35 game span with the Gulf Coast League Twins, a number that figures to be around 25 if he plays in a full season in 2006. He knows when to take the next base, and it is clear that he has grown up around baseball, being that he is rarely seen making a bad base running mistake..
Defense: While he played both middle infield positions during the 2005 season, the Twins still believe that the young infielder can still project as a shortstop. While he has a so-so arm, he does have soft hands, and can make all the plays at the shortstop position. He is a classic middle infielder, and sometimes seems like he is making plays without even trying. He should still continue to progress in both middle infield position, and is slated to start the season as the starting shortstop for Elizabethton in 2006, after a stint in extended spring training.
ETA. 2009. Thompson is a long ways away from appearing in Minnesota, but has the pedigree to make one believe it is only a matter of time before he gets there. The middle infield positions in the Twins organization are not as strong as some of the other positions, with only a handful of real prospects within the bunch. Still, Thompson has many steps to take before he can be looked at as "ready", and if he puts together a good season, could see himself in Beloit by the end of the season, With Trevor Plouffe currently the stud shortstop in the organization, it will be interesting to see where Thompson ends up fitting in the grand scheme of things.