Tompkins thriving as the closer

“When I came out of the pen I felt a lot more confident. I didn’t have as much time to think.” |

The Courier-Journal caught up with Former Tiger Ian Tompkins recently and discussed with him his recent success on the mound as a Hilltopper.  He began as a starter, but is now thriving as the best closer in Western Kentucky University history.

“It’s a huge surprise,” Tompkins (0-1, 1.73 ERA) said. “If you would have told me that I’d be closing, I would have laughed.”

“He threw a lot pitches (as a freshman),” his manager Matt Myers said. “He’d get into the fifth inning and he’d already be at 100. The bullpen was an easier mindset for him. He didn’t have to worry about pacing himself.”

Tompkins is likely the top MLB draft prospect for WKU (29-26). He declined to name the teams that have shown the most interest but said he expects to be selected between the 7th and the 16th round. He throws a fastball in the 90s with a slider in the 80s.

Tompkins and the No. 5 Hilltoppers face No. 4 Texas State tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

[St. Xavier grad Ian Tompkins a consistent closer for WKU]

About Jacob Hayslip

Senior at Saint Xavier High School. Editor-In-Chief of WSTX Sports.

Posted on May 20, 2014, in Former Tigers and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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