Tony Thomas played for the Harrisonburg Turks ten full years ago, but he’s still hanging in there in the minor leagues with the Minnesota Twins.
In fact, he played so well at second base in 2014 that he was named the Twins’ organization second baseman of the year by milb.com.
Thomas, a Florida State product, was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft by the Chicago Cubs, but spent 2011-2013 in the Boston Red Sox system.
Ashley Marshall had the following to say about Tony:
Thomas offered the Double-A Rock Cats flexibility in 2014, playing the outfield corners and shortstop in addition to second base, where he spent the most time. His career-best 12 homers were the most of any Twins second baseman in the Minors, and he complemented his power stroke with 29 doubles, six triples and 14 stolen bases.
The former third-round Draft pick scored 71 runs, also a personal best, in his first season with the Twins after coming over from the Red Sox before the season. Age (28) and strikeouts (141 in 453 at-bats) aren’t on his side, but few middle infielders offered the pop and versatility that Thomas did this season.
“Having a middle infielder that can provide double-digit home runs and steals is beneficial for any lineup,” said [Twins director of player development Brad] Steil. “Tony has the versatility to play around the field and can contribute in multiple ways offensively, so he can fit on a team in a number of different roles. I think he’s probably most comfortable at second base, but he really did a nice job filling in wherever we needed him this year.”
Congratulations, Tony! Keep up the good work!