Westminster Slugger Waiting To Hear If He's A Pro Draft Pick

No Wordas Of Friday, But Thomson Family Hasn't Given Up

June 09, 1991|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — Scott Thomson, hoping to be selected in last week's major-league baseball draft, still had not heard from any teams as of Friday afternoon.

But his mother said it still isn't clear whether her son has been selected.

Because teams have several days to contact draft choices, Janice Thomson said a call could come as late as this weekend.

"We're really disappointed," she said Friday. "But Scott has handled it very well."

In fact, Thomson is playing for the Taneytown Cardinals of the South Penn League while waiting for the pro teams to call, and his mother said the 22-year-old was in Taneytown taking batting practice Friday afternoon. Given that he belted a home run and drove in two runs in a game Thursday night, opposing pitchers may wish he'd forget about practicing.

Thomson had been drafted by the Boston Red Sox and offered a package of about $40,000 in bonus and scholarship money after graduating from Westminster High in 1987, But he elected insteadto attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., to play baseball on a full scholarship.

The physical education major had strong freshman, junior and senior seasons, sandwiched around a disappointing sophomore year. This year he earned his second straight All-Sun Belt team pick, hitting .385 with 10 homers and 55 RBI.

He was not drafted after his junior year -- the first time four-year college athletesare eligible after high school -- but expected to be drafted after his senior season.

If no teams draft Thomson now, he'll try to signa free-agent contract -- likely for much less money than drafted players earn.

His mother said a Red Sox scout who followed Scott's career told the family that the team did not draft him this time and that the club did not draft many outfielders at all. She added that hiscollege coaches are helping to find a team which might be interestedin signing Scott as a free agent.

Baseball teams do not publicizepicks in any round except for the first because they fear college coaches will use their scouting information to try to lure athletes to attend their schools.

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