Ben Thomas Finds His Stride In Arizona
July 1, 2011
CINCINNATI -- Former Xavier slugger Ben Thomas' dream was to play professional baseball and this summer his dream came true as he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in th3 34th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. The Westerville, Ohio native was assigned to the Arizona League (AZL) Giants and in his first two weeks as a pro, the big left hander is showing the fans in Arizona just what he can do.
"I was just excited to get a chance to play," said Thomas. "I was sitting in the living room with my grandparents when I got the call. The whole family was going crazy. My dad was at work but I'm sure he went crazy too after I told him."
Thomas has been on a tear since joining the AZL Giants two weeks ago. The former Musketeer currently leads the league in batting average (.429), on base percentage (.484), and slugging percentage (.714). He has also chipped in two home runs this season with his first professional homer coming on June 24th against the AZL Angels.
"The transition has been pretty good," said Thomas. "It's been pretty fun so far. We were talking about how for the first time in years we don't have to worry about school and classes and just concentrate on baseball. It's a pretty cool feeling."
So far, Thomas has been happy with his performance in Arizona.
"I've been swinging it pretty well and I'm pretty happy with the way things are going," said Thomas. "I would say the college game is more polished but there's a ton of talent and potential down here. It's really fun."
This past 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. He also became the top home run hitter in XU history this season with 44.