BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Thompson has been selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the 23rd round in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Houston made Thompson the 676th pick on day three of the MLB Draft after a very decorated two-year career with the Camels.
Last week, Thompson was named Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American, becoming the first Camel to earn All-America honors in multiple seasons, also picking up honors last season from Louisville Slugger (Second Team) and the ABCA (Third Team) while leading the nation in ERA with a 0.88.
In 2014, Thompson fashioned a 1.33 ERA and a 7-2 record with 17 saves. He added 87 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched across 39 appearances.
He was named the Big South Conference Tournament's MVP, pitching in all five of Campbell's tournament wins with a 1-0 mark and three saves in nine scoreless innings.
Thompson was also a First Team All-Big South performer in 2014 after earning Big South Pitcher of the Year honors in 2013.
Thompson is one of four Campbell All-Americans in the last three seasons, along with Michael Felton (2012), Ben McQuown (2013) and Brent Graham (2013).
Thompson is the fifth Camel to be taken in the MLB Draft since 2009, joining Ryan Hamme (31st round, Chicago White Sox, 2009), Jake Smith (48th round, San Francisco Giants, 2011), Matt Marksberry (15th round, Atlanta Braves, 2013) and Ben McQuown (30th round, Oakland Athletics), and the 48th overall in program history.
Thompson will become the seventh Camel over the last four years to join the professional baseball ranks, along with Ryan Mattes, Matt Sergey and Erick Gaylord. Mattes signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals last season, while Sergey and Gaylord have played for various independent league organizations.
Campbell finished the 2014 season with a 41-21 overall record, tying for the second-most wins in school history. The Camels claimed the Big South Tournament Championship in Rock Hill, S.C., earning the school's second NCAA Regional berth.
In the Columbia Regional, No. 4 seed CU picked up its first-ever NCAA Regional win, knocking off third-seeded Old Dominion 4-1 in 12 innings.
Campbell has won 131 games over the last three years, posting three consecutive 40-plus win seasons.