I have seen Tony Thompson play multiple times... While the popular question is "Can Thompson stick at 3rd?"IMO the real question is if he "Can hit at a major league level?" Minor league production ultimately means nothing ex. Graham Koonce, Jason Grabowski, and Matt Watson. Tony Thompson is athletic enough and light on his feet. Questions arise about his injury and rightfully so. However, when I saw him this year I noticed very little hindrance in his lateral movement. When I have watched Tony play his 3B has been above average, but all the mistakes he has are fixable (recognizing when to charge.) Tony obviously hit for the triple crown in 2009 and was the first to do so in the Big XII. However it is tough to judge the impact that BESR creates. Is that really enough to make an average hitter a good one? I personally think so. Tony has a line drive mentality to the game, and while line drives are great, they usually do not end up over the fence. Not to mention that Tony has an "attack mode" where he does not like to watch pitches and choose his pitches wisely (this may remind some of us fans of Crosby's father hahaha.) While I understand the escence of "offense" I saw Tony's balance waver on off speed pitches and use the metal bat to slap and lunge bad pitches into base hits. The homeruns I have seen him hit are line drives, extremely hard hit, but still line drives. I think that with a wooden bat some of those line drives will turn into doubles or outs instead of bombs. While I do hope that Tony hits, and hits very well... I see many problems with Thompson's hitting ability, and do not see as many issues with his fielding abilities.
Not that I am a pro scout, but I thought that I would offer my opinion to the reades of AN. I hope to be proven wrong and Tony turns into the long term solution @ 3rd that we need.