MLB.com report: Despite being drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round last year, Thomas, an outfielder, elected to return to Georgia Tech for his senior year. He led the Yellow Jackets in batting average and on-base percentage as a junior and is performing well again this year. A bout of mononucleosis kept him out of action for two weeks, but Thomas has bounced back. His strength gives him power potential, but he emphasizes making contact with a line-drive stroke. Thomas is a plus runner and plays center field for the Yellow Jackets, but will need to improve his routes to stay there as a professional.
MY TAKE: Back to taking seniors with the eighth round pick. I really like this pick though since he’s a potential five-tool center fielder that can also switch hit and, as a senior, has no leverage. So they get a good pick and can still save money for other slots. If mono really caused him to go from a fourth rounder last year to a eighth round low-leverage type than the Yankees might have really gotten a steal here.
He hit .339/.425/.471 with nine stolen bases this year. He was previously drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round last year and by the Rockies in the 37th round in 2009.