University of Kentucky outfielder Tristan Pompey has had quite the summer playing for the Wareham Gatemen in the prestigious Cape League and will now participate in his second HR Derby this summer.
Pompey had an outstanding sophomore season for the Wildcats, which resulted in him being named a third-team All-American by Baseball America. The switch hitting outfielder slashed .368/.471/.554, led the team in hits (95), walks (45), and was second in home runs with 10.
Pompey’s strong performance led to him receiving an invite to participate in the eighth annual College HR Derby in Omaha, Neb., where he launched 27 Big Blue Bombs in two rounds. Now, Pompey will get another shot at a Home Run Derby crown, as he was announced as a participant for the CCBL All-Star HR Derby.
With the departures of Evan White, Riley Mahan, Zach Reks, and so many other big bats in the Wildcat lineup, Pompey will be looked to for leadership in a lineup full of new faces.
Pompey will lead a group of Wildcats looking to build on the most successful season in program history. With a strong showing, Pompey will hear his name called in the first round of next summers MLB Draft, just like former teammate Evan White did this summer. Baseball America ranks Pompey the number six draft eligible college prospect heading into next season. No doubt that Pompey will put on a show for the fans at The Cliff.
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