Shaq Thompson

Grant football star struggles on diamond

Published: Sunday, Jul. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 15, 2012 - 10:52 am

The start of Shaq Thompson's minor league career may be the roughest ever in professional baseball. In 26 official at-bats through Friday for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Boston's 18th-round draft pick has no hits and has struck out 25 times. He's played in nine games and struck out three times or more in seven of them. The only ball he has put in play was a groundout to first base. The former Grant football star is proving he may be better suited for hitting running backs for the University of Washington than baseballs in Florida.

– Mark McDermott

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