Coaches watching NCAA baseball closely

Coaches watching NCAA baseball closely

Coaches watching NCAA baseball closely
DETROIT -- Mariners bench coach Robby Thompson and first base coach Mike Brumley will have an extra rooting interest this weekend, as both have sons competing in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Thompson's son, Tyler, is a junior outfielder at Florida who was drafted in the 46th round this week by the Washington Nationals. Thompson, 21, has had an injury-plagued season, but rebounded strongly in the postseason and went 7-for-13 with four runs and four RBIs in three Regionals games.

"He's getting healthy at the right time," said Robby Thompson, a two-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants himself.

The Mariners coach said his son tore a hamstring just before the season started, then got a nasty infection under a fingernail that cost him time. Just as he was getting on track, a back injury slowed him again.

But the younger Thompson is still filling a key role for a Florida squad that will host Mississippi State on Friday in the first game of the best-of-three format.

Robby Thompson said he thinks his son's draft status was hampered by his lack of playing time this year, but that he'll now have the choice of returning to Florida for his senior year or opting for a shot with the Nationals.

Meanwhile, Mike Brumley's son, Logan, is a sophomore reserve infielder for a Dallas Baptist squad that upset Oklahoma earlier in the tournament and now faces Cal in the Super Regionals beginning Saturday at Santa Clara.

Brumley said his son will play for the Everett Merchants semi-pro team this summer.