Chicago Cubs Prospect Profile: Tony Thomas

The Cubs selected Tony Thomas in the third round of the 2007 draft. Thomas opened a lot of eyes while at Florida State. Thomas hit for a .430 average with a .948 OPS and 31 stolen bases all while leading the NCAA in runs, doubles, and total bases. Thomas fell to the third round in the draft because many scouts felt he was a finished product offensively. Scouts doubted his range at second base and his overall defensive abilities, but he has shown improvement defensively.

Thomas quickly put up very solid numbers at Boise (short season A-) in 2007 to the tune of .308/.404/.544/.948 with 12 doubles, eight triples, five home runs, 28 stolen bases (30 attempts) and 25 walks in on only 46 games.

Tony Thomas has the ability to spray the ball to all fields with solid gap power … and he will hit the occasional home run as well. He has good contact skills with a nice level swing; plus he has a patient approach at the plate. Thomas has also shown the ability to hit the ball where it’s pitched instead of trying to pull everything. He can shoot the ball back up the middle quickly with his fast wrists, pull the ball, or spray it around the field.

Thomas isn’t going to be a big home run hitter maybe 10 to 15 a year, but will have a good amount of doubles and some triples. He isn’t a burner on the base paths, but has solid speed with good instincts. Granted Thomas will steal some bases due to his quick first step. Thomas has proved he is smart on the bases as well and knows how to use his speed, which has been graded between 60-65 on the 20 to 80 scale.

Thomas is currently having a good season at Tennessee (AA) hitting .277/.376/.452/.828 with 14 doubles, two triples, five home runs and six stolen bases in seven attempts.

The Cubs need a second baseman with some pop in his bat. Ryan Theriot’s offense was adequate for shortstop but for second base it is sub-par. Could Thomas, Ryan Flaherty or D.J. LeMahieu be that guy?

The Cubs have had an offensive hole at second base since Mark DeRosa was traded to the Indians.

Full Name: Anthony Thomas Jr.
Age: 23 (July 10, 1986)
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 180
Position: Second Base
Bats/Throws: R/R

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