(By Aaron Williams) All-American pitcher Jake Thompson missed out on the variety of celebrations that the majority of his teammates enjoyed in the weeks following Rockwall-Heath’s first baseball state championship.
There were no July 4 parade rides or recognition nights at the RISD school board and the Heath City Council. The night at the Ballpark in Arlington was missed, as was the meeting with Congressman Ralph Hall at the Hawk’s Nest.
That’s because Thompson was already diligently at work for his new employer, the Detroit Tigers. He left for Lakeland, Florida on June 11 after Heath secured a state title June 7 in Round Rock. The pursuit of his lifelong dream had begun in earnest.
After the Tigers selected him with their first selection in the 2012 draft, Thompson was anxious to embark on a journey that he hopes will one day lead to being a major league baseball player. He is making the adjustment to being a full-time pitcher and the early returns are quite promising.
Thompson is working under a limited pitch count so he has not been involved in a W/L decision in the majority of his starts. He has currently made six starts and has a 1-1 record. He has thrown 25.2 innings and has an ERA of 1.75 with 29 strikeouts and 10 bases on balls.
His rookie season is slated to end August 25, followed by a very limited number of playoff games. Thompson will be back in Texas for the majority of September before returning to Lakeland in October for the Fall Instructional League. Thompson is continuing to represent the community well, as he has taken some big strides in his quest to make it to “The Show.”