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Ian Thomas recalled by Braves

Ian Thomas in Philly

Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas pitching at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia on April 14, 2014.

Former York Revolution reliever Ian Thomas (’12) is headed back to the big leagues.  He was recalled by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett on April 21 to begin his third separate stint in the Majors with Atlanta since the beginning of last season.  In four minor league appearances so far this season, Thomas struck out seven without allowing a run or a walk, and allowed just one hit in 6.1 innings of work.

A season ago, Thomas made Atlanta’s opening day roster after spending all of the 2013 season at Double-A Mississippi, with no Triple-A experience.  He debuted on opening day in Milwaukee, then collected his first Major League strikeout against Bryce Harper in his second appearance in Washington.  Thomas spent the rest of 2014 back and forth between Atlanta and Gwinnett, gaining 16 MLB appearances out of the Braves bullpen, striking out 13 in 10.2 innings.

Thomas’s first Major League win came in Atlanta on April 27 of last year against the Reds, making him the third former Rev to earn a MLB win, joining Shawn Hill (2012) of the Blue Jays and Scott Rice (2013) of the Mets.  He and Rice also made Revolution history on April 20 a season ago, when they became the first former Revs to be on opposing MLB rosters, and then became the first former Revs to play against one another in a Major League game, when each pitched in the seventh inning in New York.

Here’s a video Darrell Henry and I taped with Thomas in Philadelphia last April, during his first stint in the Majors.  It’s a fun interview, and here’s the piece on him that ran in an edition of the York Revolutionary Times last year.

-Paul Braverman

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