Ben Thomas Selected By San Francisco In The 2011 MLB Draft
June 9, 2011
CINCINNATI -- Xavier senior first baseman Ben Thomas was selected in the 34th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. The Columbus, Ohio native was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year this season and set a new career-high in home runs during his senior campaign.
Thomas was the 1,047th overall selection in the draft by the Giants after a strong senior season. Thomas led the Musketeers in home runs with 15 and posted an impressive .350 average, which was a second-best among the Musketeers. The big left hander's offensive numbers included 42 runs scored, 16 doubles, and 58 RBI. Thomas led the A-10 in RBI (31), home runs (10) and total bases (74) during the conference season, and was tops in the league in total home runs and RBI.
Thomas helped lead Xavier to its fifth-straight 20-win season and its second 30-win season in three years with a 30-27 record in 2011. The Musketeers also made their sixth-straight appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The XU first baseman's selection in the MLB Draft marked the fifth consecutive season that a Musketeer has been selected.
The highest draft pick in school history was Richard Donnelly, who was taken in the 1967 draft with the 158th pick in the ninth round. Last season the Houston Astros selected Xavier junior pitcher, Tommy Shirley With the 273rd pick in the ninth round.