In one of the most out-of-the-box signings in recent baseball history, the Brewers on Tuesday have finalized a three-year contract with Eric Thames, a 30-year-old going on five years since his last at-bat in the big leagues and who spent the past three seasons putting up monster numbers in Korea.
Eric Allyn Thames (thaymz)...resides in San Jose, CA...2004 graduate of
Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, CA...two-time West Catholic Athletic League
selection...played junior college baseball at Cabrillo College and West Valley College...
played junior and senior seasons (2007-08) at Pepperdine University...2008 West Coast
Conference Player of the Year and second-team Baseball America All-American.2012Appeared in 86 games, making
70 starts (LF-39, RF-31) between
Seattle and Toronto ... 6 of 9 homers tied the game or
gave team the lead (4 of 6 w/SEA) ... Hit .310 (18x58) with 3 doubles, 2
triples, 5 home runs, 12 RBI and a
1.044 OPS in 21 games at Safeco
Field (with Seattle) ... Hit solo home run in the 8th inning
Aug. 27 at Minnesota to provide
only run in 1-0 victory ... Hit walk-off two-run single Aug. 14 vs. Tampa Bay to give Seattle 3-2 win ... Hit game-tying two-run home run in Mariners debut Aug. 1 vs. Toronto ... With AAA Las Vegas hit .330 (65x197) with 31 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 32
RBI, .407 OBP, .528 SLG in 54 games.2011Appeared in 95 games in his rookie season... Appeared in left field in 52 games and in right field in 27 contests... ROOKIE RANK: Posted a .769 OPS which ranked 2nd in the AL among rookies (min 350 AB)... His 24 doubles, 12 home runs ranked 4th... Was T-2nd with five triples... Did so ranking only 7th in games played... Is the first Toronto rookie to record at least five triples and 10 home runs and first AL player since Tadahito Iguchi in 2005 with CWS... DEBUT: Had his contract purchased on May 17 from Las Vegas (AAA) and made his Blue Jays debut vs. TB on the 18th, starting at designated hitter... Went 1-3, collecting his first Major League hit in the 6th inning off Jeremy Hellickson... FIRST GO AROUND: Appeared in 13 games in his first stint with the Blue Jays, batting .286 with two doubles and a triple and a .743 OPS... BACK IN THE NEST: Was recalled for the balance of the season on June 24... In his second stint with the club, appeared in 82 games, batting .259 with 22 doubles, four triples and 12 home runs... June 29 vs. PIT, hit his first home run, a solo shot off Pat Maholm... Had a 10 game hit streak from June 1-July 4, marking the longest streak by a Blue Jays rookie since Adam Lind in 2007... YOUR UP AGAIN: July 14 vs. NYY, recorded two doubles in the first inning becoming the 1st Blue Jays player to record to two hits in an inning for Toronto since Travis Snider in 2010... Also is the 1st player to have two hits in the 1st inning of a game, since Matt Kemp in 2008... BOOM BOOM: Homered in back-to-back games for the first time on Aug. 14-15... Did it again on Sept. 21-22... Posted 30 multi-hit games, including a career high four-hit contest Aug. 31 at BAL... Recorded two doubles in a game on five occasions... VEGAS: Appeared in 53 games at the AAA level, posting a .352 average with 25 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 45 RBI... Batted .389 vs. right-handed pitching and .483 in day games.2010Spent all of 2010 with New Hampshire of the Eastern League (AA)... WEBSTER WINNER: Earned the prestigious R. Howard Webster award as the Fisher Cats MVP, leading the club with 27 home runs and 104 RBI... The RBI also led all Blue Jays minor leaguers... ALL-STAR: was named to both the Eastern League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star squads... Led the Eastern League RBI, 2nd in total bases (261), home runs, 3rd in OPS (.896), 5th in SLG (.526),7th in triples (6), 9th in hits (143) and 10th in OBP (.370)... WHAT A MONTH:
Finished the month of July, batting .327, while slamming 19 extra base hits (8-2B, 23B, 9HR) in only 28 games... Overall batted .303 vs. right-handed pitching and .252vs. left-handed pitching... Defensively appeared only in left field.2009Made his professional debut with Dunedin of the Florida State League (A), appearing in 52 games... Was batting .340 through May, earning him a selection to the Florida State Mid-Season All-Star Game... Started his career with a 10-game hitting streak, batting .385 over the stretch... Was disabled in July, returning to Gulf Coast (R) for a seven game rehab assignment... Was back in Dunedin on Aug. 27 for the balance of the season.