Former Kentucky Wildcats baseball player Tristan Pompey is skyrocketing through the minor leagues. After having success in the Marlins’ rookie league and dominating competition at Class-A Greensboro, it won’t be long before Pompey makes the jump to the Major Leagues.
The Marlins selected Pompey with their third-round pick and the 89th pick in 2018 MLB Draft. The former Wildcat starred in the outfield for the University Kentucky. During his three-year career, Pompey hit .321 with 21 homers and 113 RBIs. He totaled 71 extra-base hits and his on-base percentage was an impressive .426. With those kind of numbers, it was no surprise that Pompey was drafted as early as he was.
What may be surprising, however, is how quickly the young slugger has moved up through the Marlins’ minor league system. After 4 games in the GCL Rookie League, the Marlins decided to move Pompey up to Single-A Greensboro in the South Atlantic League.
Pompey ripped through the opposing pitchers while playing at Greensboro. In 24 games with the Grasshoppers, Pompey hit .314 with a .422 OBP. Pompey’s early outburst rocketed him to fourth on the team in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage, and eighth in slugging percentage. The Marlins organization had obviously seen enough and promoted Pompey to Advanced Class-A just earlier this month.
Now in the outfield for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League, Pompey has yet to slow down. His latest stats show that he’s hitting .440 with a 1.108 OPS. This guy can flat out rake. In just 8 games with the Hammerheads, Pompey has 11 hits including 3 doubles.
Pompey is currently the No. 16 ranked prospect in the Marlins’ minor league system. Pompey has the speed, power, and plate discipline to make it at the big-league level. His rise through the Marlins’ farm system shows that they think very highly of the young man from UK.
While he may yet be a few years away from the Majors, his quick ascension is quite impressive.