Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Outfielder Tristan Pompey "Pumped" to Join Marlins Organization

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Outfielder Tristan Pompey "Pumped" to Join Marlins Organization

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Canadian Pompey "pumped" to join Marlins

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Six years ago, Tristan Pompey tweeted that Marlins Park was a stadium on his must-see list.

He might be able to check that one off soon enough.

The 21-year-old outfielder from Mississauga, Ont., was drafted by the Marlins on Tuesday in the third round of the MLB draft. And while Pompey doesn't remember what prompted that tweet from his 15-year-old self in the first place, it made him chuckle as he retweeted it hours after he was drafted.

"That was six years ago, I honestly have no clue why I wrote it," Pompey said with a laugh in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. "Someone had brought it up from my archives and I thought, 'that's funny.' It's funny to think about that now."

Pompey was the second Canadian chosen in this year's draft after 18-year-old catcher Noah Naylor, also from Mississauga, went in the first round (29th overall) to the Cleveland Indians Monday night.

Nineteen Canadians were chosen over the three-day draft period, including two Wednesday to the Toronto Blue Jays -- right-handed pitcher Will McAffer of North Vancouver, B.C., in the 25th round and third baseman Damiano Palmegiani of Surrey, B.C., in the 35th round.

Ranked 51st on MLB Pipeline's Top 200 list heading into the draft, Pompey had expected to hear his name on Day 1, which unveils the first and second rounds of the 40-round selection process. He was picked 89th overall.

"That was the original plan, to go (Monday), that's what I had heard from teams about where I was supposed to go," Pompey said. "But at the end of the day it's the draft and stuff happens and I'm just happy someone gave me the opportunity. It doesn't matter if it was Round 1 or Round whatever.

"I'm so excited about the opportunity and it's what you do after the draft that really matters."

This was Pompey's second time going through the MLB draft. He was also chosen in the 31st round by the Minnesota Twins out of high school in 2015 but elected to play college ball at the University of Kentucky instead of signing a pro contract.

The six-foot-four switch hitter batted .361 as a sophomore in 2017, leading the Wildcats in on-base percentage (. …

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