Ian Thomas still battling for MLB roster spot in Braves camp
Back in January when we learned former Revolution (’12) left-hander Ian Thomas was ticketed for Major League Spring Training by the Atlanta Braves despite having no experience above Double-A, we figured by late March he’d be re-assigned to minor league camp, and would spend the season slinging for Triple-A Gwinnett with a late-season call-up possible. After excelling at Double-A as both a starter and reliever, a return to Mississippi seemed unlikely.
As it turns out, we may have undersold Thomas, and well a Triple-A roster spot is still likely, he is still in Major League camp with the Braves and is one of three lefties vying for the final southpaw spot in the Atlanta bullpen. Regardless of where he begins the year, it’s clear Thomas is knocking on the big league door, and is now the front-runner to be the fifth player in Revolution history to reach the Majors after playing with York.
Thomas, who spent three stellar seasons with the Winnipeg Goldeyes before starting the 2012 season in York before the Braves signed him that May, spoke to Scott Taylor of the Winnipeg front office for this piece about his time in Braves spring training. As of this posting, Thomas has pitched in six big league exhibition games for the Braves, striking out 11 in 6.1 innings, holding opponents to a .217 average against. Read the Winnipeg column, it’s good.