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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Zach Thompson Edition

Kentucky pitcher Zach Thompson became the highest-drafted pitcher ever at Kentucky, going #19 overall to St. Louis.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

It was a big night last night for UK baseball, despite the disappointing 2019 season. Kentucky hurler Zach Thompson was picked #19 in the MLB draft last night. He is now off to the St. Louis Cardinals organization. I am very happy for this young man, who could’ve gone pro earlier but came to UK and raised his draft stock from the eleventh round to the first. He is the highest-picked pitcher in history for UK in the MLB Draft.

Thompson was 16-5 in 34 starts at Kentucky, had 268 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.2. He was named Second-Team All SEC, which just goes to show you how tough baseball is in this league.

The Courier-Journal has more on Zach Thompson here.

Also, this bit of trivia: The 2017 UK Wildcats had two first-rounders among them:

More from the coach:

Tweet of the Morning

Congrats, Zach Thompson!

Okay, this isn’t Kentucky related, but for those of you who watch Jeopardy, the second-winningest player of all time lost last night, and it looked to me like he did so on purpose. This tweet adds some fuel to the debate, and in a good way, I think.

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  • Kentucky’s next class of high school stars took on Indiana on Sunday, and were down by 19 early in the first half. They wound up winning 115-104.
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