JD Thompson - Baseball - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#22 JD Thompson Season 2023-24


Class Sophomore
Height 6'0"
Weight 203
Hometown Rusk, Texas
High School Rusk

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Head coach Tim Corbin on Thompson: “JD is a very refreshing young man to coach. His background and his tenacity to overcome life’s challenges are very visible on the field and in the classroom. He keeps it simple…he just competes. What you see from him, is what you get. Throwback personality and approach. He took the ball in some very challenging situations as a freshman and always responded. JD has winning fibers and intangibles because of his all-sports background. He is very enjoyable to coach…zero maintenance, self-directed and accountable.”

As a Sophomore (2024)
• ABCA/Rawlings Southeast All-Region Second Team
• SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week (May 13)
• Held #2 Kentucky (May 18) to two runs on five hits and totaled seven strikeouts over 4.2 innings
• Earned win vs. #1 Tennessee (May 12) with 6.0 shutout innings, holding the Vols to two hits with nine strikeouts
• Totaled five strikeouts over two innings vs. Tennessee Tech (April 30)
• Nine strikeouts over six scoreless innings with no walks vs. Eastern Michigan (March 5)
• Tossed 4.2 innings in start vs. Dayton (Feb. 20) with six strikeouts and one earned run allowed on three hits

As a Freshman (2023)
• Made first career start against Florida (May 27) at SEC Tournament
• Tossed three perfect innings with five strikeouts to earn first win in 17-inning game vs. Evansville (March 8)
• Made collegiate debut March 8 vs. Evansville

The Thompson File
• Attended Rusk (Rusk, Texas)
• Rated No. 15 overall prospect and No. 2 left-handed pitcher from Texas by Perfect Game
• No. 27 left-handed pitcher nationally and No. 186 overall prospect by Perfect Game
• 2022 Perfect Game Preseason All-Texas first team
• Compiled a 6-0 record with an 0.27 ERA and 93 strikeouts over 50.1 innings as a senior
• Went 13-1 with a 0.35 ERA and 194 strikeouts over 99.2 innings as a junior
• 2021-22 team captain
• 2022 Small Town All-America team
• 2021-22 District 17 AAAA MVP
• 2021 AAAA All-State first team, UIL State All-Tournament Team, East Texas Pitcher of the Year, National Strikeout Leader and MaxPreps Underclass All-America
• 2019-21 Texas Rangers Area Code team
• 2019 Newcomer of the Year and District 16 AAAA Pitcher of the Year
• Helped lead team to first state championship appearance in school history in 2021
• Also played two years of football and basketball, one year of track & field, tennis and powerlifting
• 2022 District 17 All-Academic team
• Has two brothers, Jack Thompson and Brandon Jones
• Cousin, Tatum Goff, played softball at Kansas (2019-21) and UT Tyler (2022)
• Full name is James Douglas Thompson
• Hobbies include fishing, working out, cooking, playing video games and fantasy football