BSB: Zach Thompson named seventh best prospect by PerfectGame.org
Aug. 31, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington sophomore pitchers Zach Thompson and Chad Nack added to the Mavericks accolades over the summer league season in being named in the top-20 prospect list for the Jayhawk League.
Thompson was named the seventh best prospect in the Jayhawk League by Perfectgame.org. Nack, his teammate on the Liberal Beejays was ranked 11th in the same list.
“It gives us confidence and the ability to know that even though we lost so many guys were major contributors last year,” Thompsan said of what the summer league means for UTA. “Look at who we still have. We have guys who are so far, from what I’ve seen, are good and know how to pitch and handle themselves.”
Thompson said that it was nice having Nack alongside him with the Beejays even though it was a more professional and individual atmosphere. He said that the competition of the summer league was constantly making the team work harder and work for starting spots on the team next season.
“You don’t ever go into a season expeting to do something, you have to earn it,” Thompson said. “Just because you went out one year and had a good ERA doesn’t mean you are still going to have the spot you had the year before. You are going to have to come in and earn it.”
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Nack finished with a 5-2 record for his Liberal Bee Jays, including an eight inning performance in which he allowed just two runs and struck out nine in the National Baseball Congress World Series.
"Overall it was great," Nack said. "Going into the WAC it will do a great job in showing where you are at pitching during the summer. "It let me evaluate myself and see where I am at."
He said that he learned that his work ethic would need to continue at the pace that it was during the summer league but that he learned what it took to compete at a higher level.
The Bee Jays were eliminated from the NBC World Series, a 32-team tournament, in the loser's bracket quarterfinals.
He made 22 appearances for UTA in its Southland Conference championship run last season. He was 2-3 with four saves and had a 4.10 ERA as a relief pitcher.
"He did a great job out of the bullpen for us last season," Mavericks coach Darin Thomas said. "I thought he had a very good summer. I thought he made good strides as far as being a starting pitcher. He seemed like he always got into the seventh or eighth inning with the Bee Jays. He made the most of his summer."
Nack was one of two starting pitchers making a run in the NBC World Series. John Beck pitched 6 1/3 innings in the championship game to earn the win for the Santa Barbara Foresters.
"The team set the bar at the regional last year," Nack said. "Everyone doubted us. We put UTA on the map and were here to make the big time. We want to do one better than we did last year."