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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.