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Reds Tag 2-Way Threat in 5th Round

Thompson Will Choose Between Reds and So Car

Cincinnati went back into the high school pool in the fifth round in an attempt to put another shortstop in the pipeline with Cory Thompson. He's an intriguing prospect that was also a successful pitcher with the athleticism and arm for a good projection. Now the Reds must convince him to forego an opportunity at the University of South Carolina in favor of starting his professional career.

In the fifth round of this year's draft Cincinnati gave attention to their middle infield pipeline and went back to the high school ranks to select Cory Thompson with the 165th overall pick. It was a bit of a surprise to see the Mauldin (SC) High School still waiting because some analysts felt he might go around one round earlier. The Reds drafted him as a shortstop, but like their competitive...

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