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MLB Draft 2022: Rockies select OF Sterlin Thompson with the 31st overall pick

Thompson is the highest drafted outfielder in Florida Gators history, but is more versatile than you would think.

With the 31st overall pick in the 2022 MLB Amateur Draft, the Colorado Rockies have selected OF Sterlin Thompson from the University of Florida.

Sterlin Thompson hails from Ocala, Florida as a 6’4’’ outfielder that bats lefty and throws right-handed. Thompson just completed his sophomore season with the Gators, where he slashed an excellent .354/.443/.563 in 66 games. He has a plus hit tool—rated by MLB Pipeline at 55—with the ability to spread the ball around well and has a solid approach at the plate. He can hit fastballs well but needs some work on breaking pitches. When he makes contact, Thompson has some raw power potential in his frame despite a 45-rated power tool. In 2022 he hit 11 home runs. Thompson also has solid plate discipline, drawing 37 walks to his 47 strikeouts this season with Florida. He also hit 16 doubles and two triples.

Drafted as an outfielder, Thompson was a shortstop in high school and also has the ability to play second and third base. He has adequate speed but his strong arm is best suited to right field if kept in the outfield. His ability to play multiple infield positions also makes for an interesting tool to develop moving forward.

Thompson becomes the highest drafted outfielder in Florida Gators program history.