College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
Number 92 on our Top 100 Countdown is Georgia Tech’s Brandon Thomas. The 6’3 Atlanta native was drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round of the 2012 first year player draft, making him one of the highest signed college juniors electing to return for their senior season.
During the 2012 season, Thomas had excellent numbers across the board. Highlights of his 2012 statistics include a batting average of .360, an on-base percentage of .481, 44 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 15 doubles; many of which were team highs. Another highlight to his season included a 48-game reached-base streak, as Thomas reached base in every single game except for one in the entire 2012 season.
Thomas’s evident success earned him a variety of awards in 2012 including First Team All-ACC, Gainesville Region All-Tournament Team and ACC All-Tournament Team
From more of a scouting perspective; Thomas is one of the most true 5-tool players in college baseball right now. A switch-hitter who is extremely effective from both sides of the plate, Thomas is a huge offensive threat for the Yellow Jackets. His speed allows him extra bases on the regular, as well as allowing him to excel defensively in combination with the strength of his arm. With even further potential to increase his power and arm strength along with excellent intangibles, Thomas posses a special combination of skills with a high ceiling that make him a player on nearly every scout’s radar.
His decision to return for his senior season gives Georgia Tech fans and college baseball fans alike the treat of watching him play for another highly anticipated season, making him one of the Top 100 players to watch for in 2013.
Correction: Due to an error in sentence restructuring during editing, originally it had been listed that Thomas led the Yellow Jackets in all of the statistical categories mentioned above, however he did not lead in doubles, RBI or stolen bases. We apologize for the error!