The Texas Rangers selected McGill-Toolen's Bubba Thompson in the First Round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.
The 19-year-old outfielder was drafted 26th overall and will sign a deal with the Rangers worth more than two million dollars, making him the only player from Mobile or Baldwin County to ever be drafted in the first round straight out of high school. Upon signing, Thompson will forego his commitment to play baseball at the University of Alabama.
Entering his final season at McGill, Thompson was a consensus top-100 prospect. And during his senior year, the 6'2" Yellow Jacket went long with 11 home runs, a .429 batting average and .857 slugging percentage, 35 RBIs, 52 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases, leading his team to the No. 1 ranking in Class 7A which further solidified his first-round contention.
The Coastal Alabama Player of the Year and Class 7A Player of the Year has been no stranger to the spotlight. Thompson attended a number of showcase circuits over the years including the Area Code Games and Perfect Game showcases.
So, it's no surprise that Big League scouts frequented his baseball games and invited him to participate in their team's workouts. Thompson stayed busy making visits to the Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox all before the MLB draft.
Perhaps what many don't know about Bubba Thompson is that he was also a stellar high school football player.
The three-star, pro-style quarterback led the Yellow Jackets to the Class 7A state championship in 2016 and threw for 3,200 yards with 38 touchdowns his senior season. As a result, Thompson received multiple SEC college football offers with a number of schools inquiring about him playing both sports at the NCAA level.
Of course, Thompson will be putting the pads up for good now that he's with the Rangers.
Another interesting fact about Bubba Thompson, his name is actually Leslie. He was named after his father, Leslie, who also goes by the nickname "Bubba", and says he loves being called Bubba and that everyone calls him that.
Both Bubba's were in attendance of the Major League Baseball Draft at the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey on June 12th along with Thompson's mother and two sisters. The right-hander received an official invitation to attend the Draft and was flown to New York in order to be present for the entire experience.
The Rangers got a steal of a deal with Bubba Thompson, and we will definitely hear his name for years to come. Go Bubba!