BRIDGEWATER, NJ- With just 19 games left in the regular season, the Somerset Patriots have acquired infielder Tony Thomas from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association for future considerations.
Thomas enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. He has spent the last two seasons with the Saints, playing in 98 games in the 2016 season and 86 games earlier in 2017. This year, Thomas ranked seventh in the American Association with a career-high 17 home runs along with a .287 batting average and 54 RBI.
He hit .297 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI with St. Paul in 2016. Thomas has also stolen seven bases in each of the past two seasons.
Thomas was originally a third-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2007. The New Orleans, Louisiana native spent the first three seasons in the Cubs organization before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. There, Thomas worked his way up to Triple-A Pautucket in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Florida State alumnus split the next two seasons in Double-A between with the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers organizations. He owns a .257 average with 123 home runs, 577 RBI and 163 stolen bases over his 11-year professional career.
Thomas is active for Thursday night’s game against the Lancaster Barnstormers.