With the 338th pick in the eleventh round of the 2018 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs have selected University of Louisville right-handed pitcher Riley Thompson.
Playing in just his second full season after redshirting his freshman year, he didn’t see quite the level of success he saw in his sophomore campaign. The junior from the Ville registered an ERA of 6.82 over 33.0 innings pitched, with an opponent’s batting average of .256. However, the junior increased his pitching repertoire by making a transition from exclusive bullpen pitcher to making 7 starts in 2018 in 11 appearances, and was one of 3 Louisville pitchers this season with a 10 strikeout game (10 vs. UNC on 3/11).
This is not Thompson’s first rodeo as it pertains to the MLB Draft. A draft eligible sophomore last year, he was selected by the New York Yankees in the 25th round (752nd overall), but opted to return to Louisville.