All-American third baseman leads country in home runs & RBI
DALLAS – Junior All-American third baseman David Thompson from Miami was among the five players named as finalists for the 2015 Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations.
Balloting was conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, in conjunction with the Dick Howser Trophy committee and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Thompson is joined by Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi, UCLA relief ace David Berg, Vanderbilt starting pitcher Carson Fulmer and Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson to make up the elite final five finalists for the 29th annual Howser Trophy ceremonies.
Thompson, a junior from Miami, Fla., has earned All-America first-team honors from Collegiate Baseball and first-team All-ACC accolades by the league’s coaches. Thompson, the nation’s leader in home runs (19) and RBIs (85), was a critical member of a Miami offense that finished the regular season ranked first in runs scored and runs per game. He led Miami in nearly every offensive category, including home runs, RBIs, doubles (18), total bases (159) and slugging percentage (.677). Thompson was one of just three players to start all 62 games in 2015, helping power the Hurricanes to a 47-15 overall record, their second straight ACC Coastal Division crown, the NCAA Coral Gables Regional title and a berth in the NCAA Coral Gables Super Regional against VCU this weekend.