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Thompson developing mentally

After finishing the 2008 regular season with the AZL Rangers, right-hander Matt Thompson entered Fall Instructional League looking to improve in the game's mental aspect. Lone Star Dugout features the 18-year-old hurler, who was the Rangers' seventh round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.

"It was all a new experience," said right-hander Matt Thompson of his first summer in professional baseball. "I had to adjust for awhile and the more I was in it, the more I loved it." The Rangers drafted the Burleson native in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB Draft. They were able to pry him away from a commitment to TCU for a well-above-slot signing bonus of $600,000. Though Thompson wouldn't...

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