Thompson suffered a fractured left hamate bone and will miss approximately four weeks, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Thompson was off to a slow start with High-A Down East before suffering the injury, which will require surgery to repair, hitting just .150/.209/.200 with a pair of doubles and a pair of stolen bases through 12 games. The 20-year-old prospect is still a couple of years away from the majors, so the rebuilding Rangers figure to handle him with care during his recovery.
Thompson went 4-for-6 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored for Low-A Hickory on Wednesday.
Thompson is surging for the Crawdads, batting .471 (16-for-34) with three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored over the last eight games. The 20-year-old center fielder is known more for his speed (28 steals), but has cleared the fence eight times in 2018, adding a bit of power projection to his scouting report. The 2017 first-round pick has exceeded expectations with a .295 batting average, but warning signs abound. Thompson has a 26.6 K% with an unsustainable BABIP of .389.
Thompson went 8-for-26 (.308) with two RBI and three steals for Low-A Hickory over six games this past week.
Thompson had gone 27 at-bats without a hit before a three-hit game to start his six-game run. The Rangers' first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2017 draft is slashing .252/.311/.397 in 38 games for the Crawdads.
Thompson went 2-for-5 with two RBI in his first game for Low-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League.
The Rangers' first-round pick in 2017, Thompson spent the first five weeks of the season in extended spring training recovering from a minor knee injury, per Mark Parker of the Hickory Record. The soon-to-be 20-year-old's hit tool is the biggest question mark, but the Rangers were confident enough to place Thompson in the Sally League instead of holding him back for short-season Spokane in the Northwest League later this summer.
Thompson was assigned to Low-A Hickory on Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The Rangers selected the toolsy prep outfielder with the 26th overall pick in last year's draft, and he proceeded to hit .257/.317/.434 with three home runs and five steals in 30 games in the AZL. He had been working out at the Rangers' complex in Arizona, and the big club apparently thinks he is ready for his first taste of full-season pitching. Thompson's power and speed potential make him a high-upside prospect to roster in deeper dynasty leagues, but there may be some struggles at the plate as he advances through the system.
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