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Moving On: Thompson signs with Mariners

SOCASTEE, S.C. (WMBF) - There won't be any college baseball for Socastee pitching great Dylan Thompson, after he made things official on Tuesday night, signing with the Seattle Mariners organization to go play rookie ball professionally in Arizona.

For Thompson, the last few days have been a bit hectic. He flew into Seattle on Sunday night, and after meeting with the Mariners staff and fellow draft picks, he passed his physical and was offered a contract by the organization. After returning Tuesday afternoon, he wanted his family and friends nearby to join him in a signing ceremony at Socastee High School.

He originally committed to pitch at Coastal Carolina, and while it was a difficult decision of figuring out where to go, he opted for the Mariners, because as he put it, nothing has compared to the actual feeling of knowing he can play baseball professionally.

"It was tough because Coastal, because they're great people over there, coach (Gary) Gilmore, coach (Drew) Thomas, they're great guys over there," said Thompson. "And they understand their job is to get everyone ready for the College World Series and to be a professional ballplayer, and they support me in whatever I do."

"It's a dream come true. It's every little kid's dream and goal to get to the big leagues, or get a shot at it at least, and I can't be happier where I am."

Thompson leaves Myrtle Beach on Thursday of this week and then flies to Peoria, Arizona for rookie ball with a quick turnaround - games begin play on Saturday afternoon.

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