Yankees 2013 30th round draft pick: Cody Thomas


30th Round, 914th Overall: Cody Thomas, CF, Heritage HS (TX), Bats: Left, Throws: Right, 6-foot-5, 215-pounds

Baseball America’s report: Thomas has the classic right-field tools to go in the first five rounds, but his football commitment to Oklahoma makes him all but unsignable. A four-star quarterback recruit, he passed for 4,154 yards and 51 touchdowns last fall. Sooners coach Bob Stoops has compared him to Sam Bradford, who won a Heisman Trophy at the school in 2008 and went No. 1 overall in the 2010 NFL draft. Thomas is still raw on the diamond, but it’s easy to dream on his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, above-average lefthanded power potential and strong right arm. He offers average speed as well. Thomas has holes in his swing and in his approach that he could close if he devoted himself to baseball. That’s unlikely to happen until at least 2016, though he plans to play both sports for the Sooners.

MLB.com’s report: Thomas profiles well as a physical outfielder with potential to become a solid baseball player. But he also is an excellent quarterback. Thomas is committed to Oklahoma, where he will play both football and baseball. On signing day, coach Bob Stoops compared Thomas, out of Colleyville Heritage H.S. (Texas), to Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and told reporters the Sooners wouldn’t have recruited Thomas if they “didn’t feel there was a great chance” he would play football. Should Thomas surprise and chose baseball, he offers big power potential. His swing is long and needs some work, but he has the athleticism to make the necessary adjustments.

MY TAKE: It’s on players like this where the latest CBA, which instituted a cap on how much teams can spend on the draft, really hurts the Yankees. In the past they might have been able to throw money at this kid to keep him from playing football. Unfortunately the Yankees are limited in what they can offer this kid these days. Still, he’s an amazing talent. Hopefully we get a nice surprise, but it doesn’t sound like it’s coming.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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