Julian Thompson
Julian Thompson
Julian Thompson
Julian Thompson

CLASS OF 2019

SS
2B

Julian
Thompson

Iona
Shaker (HS) • NY
5-10 • 160LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Upstate O's

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April 2018
Showed the ability to really pick it, athletic actions, lateral movement with active lower half.
 
East-West Battle (July 2017)
Shorter build, lean. Defensively very active lower half with slick actions with glove. Loose whippy arm from several angles. Contact hitter from the right-side. Best defender in tourney.
November 6, 2016

Thompson, a 2019 right-handed hitting middle infielder currently ranked as the 7th best prospect for 2019,  stands at  5-foot-8 and weighs 147 pounds. Offensively- Starts with a slightly open lower half with the evenly distributed while the hands are held in front of the back shoulder with the barrel of the bat slightly more than 45-degrees from the ground. Gets to the launch position utilizing a pre-pitch bat wiggle, then lifts the lead leg with an inward rotation of the front knee and foot while the hands are loaded straight back off the shoulder. Showed a compact quick bet during batting practice, driving the ball extremely well between the pull side and opposite field gap. Recorded an exit velocity of 85 MPH on the day which matches a personal best and has shown an increase in strength over the past year. Exciting players that continues to move up the charts and is a high follow over the next few years. Defensively-  Fluid, athletic movements before the ball is put in play using a prep step of a step hop technique. Approaches the ball aggressively showing quality body control, fielding the ball out from the center to left of the body. Transfer is quick allowing the footwork to stay in a good sequence, with the throws showing good carry an accuracy. Registered an arm velocity of 81 MPH which was a 5 MPH increase from September.

NY All-Star Games (September 17, 2016)
Thompson stands in at 5-foot-8, 145-pounds with a lean athletic frame. Ran a 7.19 – 60, an improvement from his previous best of 7.57 at the Preseason All-State Showcase in February 2016. Offensively- Sets up slightly open with feet outside his shoulders. Back leg is bent with an upright body. Hands held above back shoulder with pre-pitch bat movement. On pitch his trigger is a stride forward with his hands moving back into a good hitting position. Quick hands into the hitting zone with good barrel action throughout to a high two handed finish. Good rotation on the lower half getting whole body into the swing. Fluid swing and will project well with offensive numbers. Contact at times out in front, showed some pop to the left-center gap.  Recorded an exit velocity of 85 mph, a 2 MPH improvement from February 2016. Defensively- Good footwork and approach to get in front of baseball. Funnel to throwing hand is clean and efficient with good movement towards target. Somewhat flat footed on forehands but moves well laterally and can make the play on the run. Displayed a position velocity of 76 mph, with a recorded best of 77 mph in February 2016.
Preseason All-State (February 28, 2016)
Thompson stands 5-foot-7, 138-pounds. The 2019 middle guy shows polished actions across the board and lots of upside. Offensively- Sets uses a back to front leg kick and a some movement early on with the bat during load. Has slight incline and a 2 hand high finish. Exit velocity was 82-mph. Defensively- Stood out with one of the smoothest gloves we've seen in a 2019. With great footwork and a clean, quick transfer, Thompson shows above average actions as a middle guy. Arm strength was 77-mph across the diamond from a loose multi-slot arm, arm velocity likely to increase with added size and strength. Ran a 7.57 60-yard dash, and a 4.4 down the line, still needing improvements in his foot-speed. Overall Thompson has a chance to be a special player in the 2019 class.
Last Chance Preview (November 29, 2015)
Julian has a slight yet athletic build at 5-foot-9, 120 pounds. Smooth yet aggressive actions on both side of the ball. He ran a 4.79 home to 1B and had a 78 MPH exit velocity. Offensively- Julian starts in a spread stance with his weight pre-loaded towards back leg. Bat angle works up from a flat position. Uses a short load for timing with a leg kick that actually narrows his base. Aggressive back foot/hip rotation, staying behind the ball. Bat levels early and works up through the zone. Line drive/flyball results. Defensively- Active footwork with his prep steps into the ball, creates angles so he can field the ball through his glove side, working towards 1B. Occasionally takes an extra shuffle, delaying his release.  Would like to see his shuffle, along with his transfer, all occur in one condensed motion that leads into his throw. Has that prototypical middle infielder bounce in his step. Being a 2019, he already has the feel as someone who can handle the middle of the diamond at the next level.
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