One name that stuck out for me in yesterday’s Vuch Report was Kevin Thomas with 3 strikeouts in 2 innings. The scrimmages during Spring Training are not gospel, but if something does not match what a player has done in the past, I take a look back at the stats. Thomas has been in the system for 3 years and his last year at the pitcher friendly Palm Beach was his best.
In Palm Beach he was able to strike out 7.9 batters per 9 innings, which is not a stellar rate, but it is solid. However, the fact that he has averaged only 3 walks per 9 innings in his career helps his strikeout rate stand up. But, Thomas’s strength does not appear to be with the strikeout, instead forcing ground balls. Thomas averaged around 60% ground balls last year in Palm Beach and regardless of the park, that will get outs.
I’ll be curious to see what Thomas does in Springfield against better competition in a park more suited to the hitters than the pitchers.