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Who is Eric Thames?

Postby yaboygino » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:20 am

and why is he so good? If he continues to bat 2nd, behind bautista, he could do some great thingss
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Re: Who is Eric Thames?

Postby mt99808 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:34 am

From what I understand Thames was a big time prospect at one point as a high schooler but ran into recurring injury problems leading into his draft years which caused him to drop significantly. He has since incorporated yoga into his daily routine which he claims helps him stay healthy. Thames finished second in MVP voting in the Eastern League (AA) last year and was having a solid year in the PCL with a line of .352/.423/.610 in hitter friendly Vegas.

While he has enjoyed some early success, this should be tempered by his .426 BABIP and he fact he is swinging at 38.6% of pitches outside of the strike zone.
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Re: Who is Eric Thames?

Postby Skin Blues » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:50 am

Chases a lot of pitches, but has tons of power. Defense looks shoddy, but it could just be nerves. Also, great facial hair. The jays have a weak outfield and I can't see Patterson or Rajai taking his playing time or lineup spot any time soon. Rivera is already outta here. Might as well rolllll the dice.
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Re: Who is Eric Thames?

Postby jsphlly » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:11 am

Watched him during the Phils-Jays series, was impressed.

One note regarding his BABIP and swinging at pitches outside the zone: With a runner on second he fell behind Halladay, fought back to 2-2 or 3-2, and slapped at a ball that might have been outside the zone (which dropped in center for a bloop RBI). Lucky? Yeah, probably, but he looks like a scrappy hitter with good power and maybe some speed.
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Re: Who is Eric Thames?

Postby pmstick » Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:35 pm

Thanks, guys for some good analysis and percentages. I just picked him up...hopefully it'll continue.
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Re: Who is Eric Thames?

Postby Bwanna » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:27 pm

Skin Blues wrote:Chases a lot of pitches, but has tons of power. Defense looks shoddy, but it could just be nerves. Also, great facial hair. The jays have a weak outfield and I can't see Patterson or Rajai taking his playing time or lineup spot any time soon. Rivera is already outta here. Might as well rolllll the dice.


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