Another South Carolina Gamecocks baseball player has come off the board. Junior outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams was selected in the 5th round, and with the 158th overall pick, of the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.
Thompson-Williams’ style of play in the outfield has garnered him comparisons to Jackie Bradley Jr., who ironically plays for the Red Sox, the Yankees’ rival. This season, Thompson-Williams - a junior college transfer that was named an NJCAA All-America honorable mention after the 2015 season - hit .323 with seven home runs and 40 RBI. He also showcased his speed on the base paths, registering three triples and stealing eighteen bases on twenty-three attempts.
If Thompson-Williams ends up turning pro, he may eventually find himself just down the road. The Charleston Riverdogs, a Single-A minor league club, are an affiliate of the Yankees. No doubt many Gamecocks fans will be making the trip over to see him if and when he makes his way to the club.
Thompson-Williams joins Braden Webb as Gamecocks who have been drafted today. Earlier, Webb was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round. Both figure to be a big part of any success the team has this weekend in Super Regionals against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.