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|Detroit Tigers — No. --|
|Born: October 12, 1977 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|May 26, 2001 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2009 season)
|Earned run average||9.89|
Thomas signed as an undrafted free agent in 1995 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers released him on May 9, 1997, due to visa issues with the government, and three days later, he signed with the Minnesota Twins. Thomas became the #1 pitching prospect with the Twins from 1998-2004. Thomas was a 4-time All-Star in the minor leagues and a World All-Star (2001 Futures Game). Thomas played in the majors with the Twins between 2001 and 2004 appearing in 101 games. Thomas was traded to the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2004. In 2005, Thomas signed with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan. Thomas played for them from 2005-2006, appearing in 99 games as a relief pitcher. Compiling a 2.9 ERA over 2 seasons. Thomas was a member of the 2006 Japan Series and Asian Series Champions, Nippon Ham Fighters. Thomas holds the record for a 157 km/h (98 mph) fastball from a left-hander in Japan.
Thomas signed with the Seattle Mariners for the 2007 season. In 2008, Thomas signed with the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon, South Korea where he was the league leader in most pitching categories, including 31 saves (126 game season). Thomas was the closer for the KBO All-Star team. Thomas broke the long standing KBO Saves record in 2008.
Thomas was a member of the Australian National Team, having competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also World Cups. 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Closing Pitcher with 1 inning and 2 Strikeouts vs Cuba 3-10-2009.
- ^ Jason Beck (2009-12-07). "Tigers sign Thomas, deal Rapada". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091207&content_id=7767556&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube