Clete Thomas
Clete Thomas
35-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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Free Agent
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$Agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies in November of 2013.
OFFree Agent  
August 12, 2014
The Phillies released Thomas on Tuesday, the Easton Express-Times reports.
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Thomas was receiving inconsistent playing time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley since returning from broken ribs last month. He will look for a minor league deal with another club.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Clete Thomas
2014 Phillies Team Preview: An Aging Bunch
February 9, 2014
After a letdown season in 2013 marred by injuries, the Phillies return this season and the team did not become any younger on the roster.
In Some Depth: Weeks Out For Months
August 13, 2013
Rickie Weeks is out for the season. Ryan Eisner discusses who will step into the playing time void for the Brewers.
In Some Depth: The Green Key
July 8, 2013
Second base has been a revolving door in Oakland this season, but the A's hope that converted shortstop Grant Green is the answer. Ryan Eisner takes a look at the league in the latest edition of In Some Depth.
Monday Lineup Card: Rajai Runs Wild
July 7, 2013
FAAB Factor - AL: Second Chances
June 30, 2013
Kevin Gausman is up for his second taste of major league experience and might go back into the rotation this week. Andrew Martinez discusses Gausman and a host of players getting second chances this week.
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Thomas’ status as a prospect to watch in the Tigers’ system hit rock bottom during an injury-plagued campaign in 2010, but the 28-year-old outfielder was able to bounce back last year. He hit 12 home runs and swiped 20 bases in 112 games for Triple-A Toledo while providing his typical strong defensive play. The Tigers don’t have any openings in the outfield this season, but Thomas could be an option if the team needs extra depth during the year.
After seeing time with the Tigers in 2008 and 2009, Thomas was forced to spend most of his 2010 campaign on the sidelines with numerous injuries. The 27-year-old outfielder managed just 21 appearances with Triple-A Toledo, hitting .183 with four homers and 13 RBI in 71 at-bats. Despite the injury-plagued season, Thomas is still considered a reserve outfield option for the Tigers in 2011. While Thomas might be able to give the Tigers a decent fourth outfielder/defensive replacement, it's unlikely his role would be large enough to factor into fantasy value.
Thomas was a bench player for the Tigers in 2009, but he saw extended playing time due to injuries and his standing as one of the better defensive outfielders on the roster. He finished the season with a .240 batting average, seven home runs and three steals in 275 at-bats. While he offers a little bit of potential with his power and speed combination, Thomas will once again be fifth in line for playing time in the outfield, limiting his fantasy value.
Thomas earned a bench spot with the Tigers to open last season after a solid spring. He doesn't offer much for power but he does have a little speed which makes him intriguing to fantasy owners. Unfortunately, Thomas underwent Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow late last season and will open the year on the disabled list.
Thomas has the potential to be a major league leadoff hitter if he continues to develop. He made a quick transition from college to pro ball after being selected in the sixth round of the draft last season. He displayed good speed and a good eye at the plate over two levels of Single-A ball. He'll return to Single-A to start the season but a promotion to Double-A won't be far off with a quick start.
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OFPhiladelphia Phillies  
July 19, 2014
Thomas (ribs) was activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Greg Joyce of the Easton Express-Times reports.
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Ribs
May 14, 2014
Thomas was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with fractured ribs, Matt Provence, the team's Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting reports.
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OFPhiladelphia Phillies  
March 22, 2014
The Phillies assigned Thomas to minor league camp Saturday, the team's official site reports.
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OFPhiladelphia Phillies  
November 15, 2013
Thomas agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies on Friday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
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OFMinnesota Twins  
October 2, 2013
Thomas was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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