A pair of Citadel juniors – first baseman/designated hitter Bo Thompson and second baseman Mason Davis – have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Thompson was taken by the New York Yankees in the 13th round while Davis went to the Miami Marlins in the 19th round. They are the 30th and 31st Bulldogs who played for Fred Jordan to be drafted over the past 23 years.
Thompson is the second Citadel player chosen by the 27-time World Champions, joining Brian Rogers who went to the Yankees in the 1998. Davis is the third Bulldog drafted by the Marlins, who also picked Terrence Smalls in 1998 and Philip Hartig in 2000.
This is the second straight year that two Citadel players were drafted. Catcher Joe Jackson went to the Texas Rangers in the fifth round last year while pitcher Austin Pritcher went in the 19th round to the Detroit Tigers.
Thompson started all 58 games during his junior season and led The Citadel with nine home runs while batting .315 with 42 RBI and 39 runs scored. He was second in the Southern Conference in on-base percentage at .468 on the strength of 41 walks and a school single season record 22 hit by pitches.
He was named second team all-conference as the designated hitter by both the coaches and media for the second straight season.
The Mauldin, S.C., native played in 171 games with 163 starts the past three seasons and belted 26 home runs, the ninth-highest total in school history. As a sophomore in 2013, Thompson ranked 20th in the nation with 14 home runs including three in one game against Samford, and was selected to compete in the TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb.
In addition to his home run total, Thompson drove in 122 runs, scored 99 times and boasted a slugging percentage of .465.
Davis has been entrenched at second base over the past three years, starting all but one of The Citadel's 176 games during that span. In 57 games during the 2014 campaign, he batted .310 with 13 doubles, 45 runs scored and 25 RBI. His 27 stolen bases ranked second in the SoCon and were the most by a Bulldog since Chris Ard had 29 in 2005.
Davis has a career batting average of .294 with 222 hits, 138 runs scored and 33 doubles, and his 63 stolen bases are good for 14th in school history. The Conyers, Ga., product ranked in the top 10 in the SoCon in seven categories in 2013 and was 23rd nationally with 62 runs scored en route to being named second team all-conference by the league's coaches.