Thompson signs with Talladega College
by LaVonte Young
TALLADEGA — The Talladega College Tornadoes welcomed Josh Thompson to their baseball program Friday afternoon.

TC head coach Will Ramos said he believes Thompson can be the power hitter they were missing last season.

“This is a good addition to our baseball team,” Ramos said. “He will help our team out tremendously. He is a guy that has experience already; he played in junior college for a year. He is the hitter that we are looking for. Last year, we had a good hitting team. We hit .327 as a team, we scored a lot of runs and we had a lot of speed. We had to put ourselves in situations to come out with the run. As soon as the season was over, me and Coach (Jesse) Sharbutt were looking for a power hitter from the right side and a power hitter from the left side. He is a guy that is going to play right away because he is a power hitter from the right side. We are very happy that we have him. He is a local kid, his family grew up in Talladega and he went somewhere to play baseball. We are glad to have him and he is going to be a tremendous help to the team.”

After being away from the game, Thompson said he is elated about having the opportunity to play baseball again.

“I am pretty excited,” he said. “I have been out of baseball for a year, so any opportunity is a good one. Coach really seems like he can make something out of me, so that is why I wanted to come here.”

Going to Talladega College is sort of a homecoming for Thompson as both of his parents grew up in this area before moving to Trussville.

“It was the coach and the campus is beautiful,” Thompson said of his reasons of choosing TC. “My dad grew up in Talladega and my mom grew up in Munford, so Talladega has been in my family for a while.”

In 2010, Thompson played 26 games for Jefferson State Community College. He had a batting average of .340. He went 16 for 47 at the plate. Six of his 16 hits were doubles. He also drove in nine RBI’s.

Ramos has already figured out where Thompson is going to bat in their lineup in 2013.

“He is going to be in the spot where we put some people in front of him that can run and get on base, like Chase Benefield, George Santiago that get on base a lot,” Ramos said. “He will hit in the three or four or five hole for us. He has pop with his bat, but he also can move. Sometimes you get a power hitter that cannot move very well but he can move very well. We have a lot of options, he played outfield in high school and junior college. Now we are moving him to third or first base.”

Thompson said he is going to give it his all every time he steps in the classroom and on the baseball diamond.

“They can expect a future Hall of Fame player,” he said jokingly. “They can expect a hard worker, and I am good in the classroom. The police won’t have to worry. I am a good kid.”
© 2012