|Evaluator:||Nick J. Faleris|
|Report Date:||April 3rd, 2018|
Thomas didn’t show particularly well on the production side of things during this year’s National High School Invitational, finishing the event with a slash line of .231/.312/.385 for Mount Carmel (Chicago, Ill.), though he did demonstrate a solid approach in the box and consistent plus times up the line. His swing was a little tighter than usual, as the TCU rolled over a couple of balls he more typically drives back up the middle or to the left-center gap. By the end of the event Thomas found a little more looseness and fluidity in his cuts, squaring-up a couple in his third game (despite an 0-for-4 line) and driving a triple off the wall in his final contest.
Thomas moves well in center field, getting good reads off the bat and maintaining efficient lines to the ball, though some evaluators believe his arm may be stretched there at the next level. On the bases he’s a solid runner with above-average to plus effective speed and solid reads and lines.
When Thomas is on he looks the part of a future lead-off or number two hitter capable of 35-plus doubles a year to go with top-of-the-order on-base production and high contact rates. When he’s pressing, his barrel path can get inconsistent, resulting in soft contact and some imbalance in the box. Thomas could come off the board as early as the first round to a team that sees him as a future lead-off producer in the mold of Brian Roberts (Orioles, 2001-2014), and in any event seems like a safe bet to be selected somewhere in the top 60 picks.