Alek Thomas
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It seemed valid to be concerned about Thomas' lack of physicality during the pre-draft process -- his listed measurements of 5-foot-11, 175 pounds appear pretty generous. The No. 63 overall pick put those concerns to rest by showing above-average potential on both sides of the ball. He stays within himself, lacing the ball to all fields while taking his fair share of walks (8.9 BB%) and rarely striking out (13.6 K%). In addition to showing the potential to develop into a .300 hitter in the big leagues, Thomas puts his plus speed to good use on the bases (12-for-17 on SB attempts in 272 PA). It is possible that he could develop enough power to hit 10-to-15 home runs in a good year, but it will be his batting average, steals and runs that drive his fantasy value. The Diamondbacks will send him to the Midwest League for his first full season. He was one of the younger high schoolers in his class, and won't turn 19 until April 28. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2018.
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OFArizona Diamondbacks  A
August 13, 2018
Thomas went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks for rookie-level Missoula in its 9-6 win over Orem on Sunday.
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The 18-year-old, a second-round selection in the 2018 first-year player draft, has been unchallenged through his first nine games in the Pioneer League. He's turned in multi-hit performances in six of those contests while posting a stellar 5:6 BB:K. Thomas is already making a case for an assignment to a full-season affiliate, but the Diamondbacks may prefer to wait until 2019 before sending him to the Midwest League.
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Falls to Diamondbacks with 63rd pick
OFArizona Diamondbacks  A
June 4, 2018
The Diamondbacks have selected Thomas with the 63rd overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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