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Colby Thomas

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Colby Thomas
Name: Colby Grant Thomas
Born: Jan 26, 2001 in Gainesville, GA United States
High School: Valdosta
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (95th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2022 (signed for $750,000)
Thomas has long intrigued scouts in Georgia thanks to his plus running ability, raw power and above-average defensive potential in the outfield. There were plenty of questions about his pure hitting ability, though, after his 2020 season was cut short due to Covid and he hit .247 in 2021 with a 23.9% strikeout rate. He hit .228/.301/.457 with 18 strikeouts and six walks in a 29-game Cape Cod League stint in 2021 but took a huge leap forward during the 2022 season with Mercer. He was one of the most productive hitters in college baseball, hitting .325/.451/.734 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles, 11 stolen bases and more walks (34) than strikeouts (32) in 42 games. His season was cut short in May with a right shoulder injury that required labrum surgery. Thomas has a lean, 6-foot, 190-pound frame and works with an upright and open batting stance, with a sizable leg kick and uphill bat path geared for launching balls into the air. He does a nice job when he can get his hands extended and out over the plate but struggles on the inner half. Thomas will swing and miss against secondary offerings but has made plenty of contact against fastballs, though he admittedly didn’t face a large sample of 93-plus mph velocity in 2022. Thomas played right field for Mercer this spring but has the tools for center and the power and speed upside to excite teams, regardless of his health.
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