|Born: June 9, 1998|
Leslie A. "Bubba" Thompson (born June 9, 1998) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Texas Rangers organization.
Thompson attended McGill–Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Alabama. He played baseball and American football in high school. As a junior in baseball, he hit .469 with 19 stolen bases. During his senior year in football, he led his team to the Class 7A state title game, and passed for 3,173 yards and 38 touchdowns.
He originally committed to Auburn University to play college baseball, but changed his commitment to the University of Alabama in February 2017. A three-star football recruit, he also received offers to play college football from the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi.
Thompson was considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. Thompson was drafted by the Texas Rangers with the 26th overall pick in the first round of the draft.
Thompson officially signed with the Rangers a few days after the draft and was assigned to the AZL Rangers, where he spent the whole season, posting a .257 batting average with three home runs and 12 RBIs in thirty games. He spent 2018 with the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League, where he slashed .289/.344/.446 with eight home runs, 42 RBIs, and 32 stolen bases.
Thompson was ranked as the #48 overall prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus in their preseason 2019 Top 101 list. Thompson was ranked as the #108 overall prospect in baseball by Fangraphs in their preseason 2019 Top 130 list.
Thompson was assigned to the Down East Wood Ducks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League for the 2019 season. He was placed on the injured list on April 17, after suffering a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. He finished an injury marred season hitting .178/.261/.312/.573 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 57 games. Thompson played in the Arizona Fall League for the Surprise Saguaros following the 2019 season, and was named a Fall League All-Star. Thompson did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thompson spent the 2021 season with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Central, hitting .275/.325/.483/.808 with 16 home runs, 52 RBI, and 25 stolen bases. He was named the co-winner of the Rangers' 2021 True Ranger Award, along with Keyber Rodriguez. Thompson opened the 2022 season with the Round Rock Express of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.