Ian Thomas shoves in first playoff start for Double-A Braves
At long last, I’ve found a way to work “shoves” into a headline here. But it’s never been more appropriate.
Former Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12), had been excelling as a long man out of the Mississippi Braves bullpen this season. The powers that be with Atlanta saw something in him, and decided to convert him to a starter, a decision which has proven to be fruitful not only for their Double-A club but for Thomas’ prospects of reaching the big leagues as well.
Last night Thomas got the ball with his club trailing the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks) 1-0 in their best of five opening round Southern League playoff series. On the road in Mobile, Thomas fired 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four. Thomas earned the win to even the series, as the M-Braves prevailed 4-3.
This is Thomas’ second season with the Braves organization after being plucked off the York roster by Atlanta in May of last year after just seven appearances.