Cards nab right fielder Thompson in eighth round

After spending two seasons at East Carolina, Nick Thompson transferred to William & Mary for his junior season, where he finally blossomed with playing time.

Thompson's success helped turn him into an eighth-round selection by the Cardinals in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 12 p.m. CT.

Thompson, a 6-foot-1 right fielder, hit .368 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs last season in 56 games for William & Mary. He had hit .303 as a sophomore at East Carolina in only 28 games after appearing in only 18 games there as a freshman.

Following both his freshman and sophomore seasons at East Carolina, Thompson played in the Coastal Plains League, where he was named an All-Star in both 2012 and '13. He was named a Top 10 prospect in the league last year.

Thompson is a former Gatorade Baseball Virginia Player of the Year.

Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.