In last year's Major League Baseball draft, the Red Sox took a late round flier on a player most FOOTBALL fans were familiar with, Shaq Thompson.â†µ
Thompson, who is one of the best safety prospects in the nation, is headed to the University of Washington on a football scholarship this fall, but decided to give baseball a shot this summer after the Sox took him mostly due to his raw athleticism. Thompson played for the Sox minor league outfit in the Gulf Coast League.â†µ
To say it didn't go well would be an understatement,â†µ
Via Deadspin (who's been covering the story)â†µ
He leaves behind a mind-boggling stat line: In 13 games, Thompson went 0-for-39, with 37 strikeouts. He got the ball out of the infield just once, in his final at-bat on Friday, a liner directly to the right fielder. For that solid contact, his teammates greeted him in the dugout with back slaps and high fives.â†µ
Ultimately you have to give the kid credit for trying, as he'd only played one year of competitive baseball since the sixth grade (his senior of high school), but the stat line is truly something to behold. He's all yours U-dub.