TD's Top Prospects-#20 Batter

Posted by Lionel on April 19, 2009.

Tony Thomas

Rank: #20 Batter (TD), #23 prospect (BA)

Age: 22

Position(s): 2B

Team(s): Daytona

Acquired: Drafted-3rd Round (2007)

'08 Key Composite Stats: .266 BA, 22 of 32 SB's, 30 doubles, 113 K's, 6 errors

Breakdown: When he was drafted in the 3rd round of 2007, the knock on Thomas was that he was an all-stick, no glove guy. In an effort to prove them wrong, he focused on his defense a little too much in 2008. 6 errors in 113 games lead to a .989 fielding percentage (leading the league among 2-sacks), but his BA dropped 40 points from '07 and he K'd in over 25% of his AB's. But you still have to like his 30 doubles and 22 stolen bases, showing that when he did get on, he usually got himself into socring position. In fact, using a stat that I just made up and assuming he only stole second base the 22 times, he would've put himself in scoring position (or scored himself on an HR) over 41% of the time he got on base. He excelled in Daytona's postseason, earning postseason MVP honors. If Thomas can cut down on the K's and improve the BA this season, while continuing the glovework from last year, he could be back among the best prospects the Cubs have.

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