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Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Receives Sunday off
Thomas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
Thomas started the past 16 games and will head to the bench Sunday after posting a .317/.388/.400 slash line during that stretch. Daulton Varsho will man center field while Pavin Smith starts in right.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Bats second against righty
Thomas went 0-for-4 as the second batter in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo recently moved Thomas up in the order while Ketel Marte dealt with a hamstring injury, but it was unclear if the move would be a permanent one. In the two games Marte has played since the injury, Thomas was moved back down the order against a lefty and batted second against a righty.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Pops sixth homer
Thomas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 10-4 loss to the Padres.
One day after seeing his 12-game hitting streak end, the rookie snapped a 16-game homer drought by taking Mike Clevinger deep in the third inning to get Arizona on the board. Thomas is having a productive June overall, slashing .290/.359/.449 with three of his six home runs and all four of his stolen bases on the season.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Hitting streak at 12 games
Thomas went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Padres.
The Diamondbacks mustered only five hits in the contest, and Thomas' was the only one to go for extra bases. He also recorded his fourth steal of the season, all of which have come during his current 12-game hitting streak. In that span, the rookie outfielder is 16-for-44 (.364) with two doubles, five RBI, nine runs scored and a 6:9 BB:K. Overall, he's up to a .276/.338/.440 slash line with five home runs, 14 RBI, 22 runs scored and seven doubles through 148 plate appearances. His strong hitting has solidified his spot in the lineup as Arizona's primary center fielder. Thomas, who has hit predominantly from the lower third of the batting order, has moved up the batting order temporarily since Ketel Marte (hamstring) is unavailable. Thomas has batted second in the last three games while Josh Rojas dropped from the second to third, Marte's normal spot.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Extends hit streak
Thomas went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Reds.
Thomas went the other way with a second-inning double that produced Arizona's first run. That's something the rookie's worked on, as opposing teams often deploy a shift against the lefty hitter. The extra-base knock extended his hit streak to eight games and was his first extra-base hit in his last 11 contests. Thomas is 11-for-29 with five RBI, five walks, three stolen bases and seven runs scored during the hit streak.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Adds steal Tuesday
Thomas went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 5-3 extra-innings loss to the Reds.
Thomas extended his hitting streak to seven games with an infield single in the 11th inning. He then stole second and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game once again. During the streak, the rookie outfielder is 10-for-25 (.400) with three steals, four RBI and six runs. He's logged a .270/.336/.443 slash line with five home runs, three steals, 13 RBI and 19 runs in 128 plate appearances overall. Thomas has taken command of a starting role in center field, pushing the versatile Daulton Varsho to right field with the return of catcher Carson Kelly from the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Notches two hits, steals base
Thomas went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base Monday in a loss to Cincinnati.
Thomas was one of only two Arizona players with multiple hits in the contest, and he scored the team's final run in the fourth inning. The rookie made another start in center field with Daulton Varsho -- who has played the position for much of the season -- moving over to right. That arrangement suggests that Arizona will be able to have both players in the lineup on a near-everyday basis despite the recent return of Carson Kelly, whose work behind the plate will cut into Varsho's playing time there.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Solid night in return to lineup
Thomas went 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run scored and one steal in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.
Thomas was benched Tuesday after going 0-for-9 across Arizona's previous three games, but he returned to the starting lineup Wednesday and bounced back with a solid performance. The rookie walked in the fourth and proceeded to steal second -- his first of the season. He also singled in the sixth and eventually came around to score on an RBI double from Jose Herrera. Thomas finished the night with an RBI walk in the ninth to extend the Diamondbacks lead to 7-0, and he also made a major impact defensively by robbing Joey Votto of a home run. Across 28 games this season, Thomas is slashing .237/.301/.452 with five homers and 10 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Takes seat Tuesday
Thomas isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Reds.
Thomas went 0-for-9 with a walk and a strikeout over the last three matchups and will get a breather during Tuesday's game. David Peralta, Jake McCarthy and Jordan Luplow will start in the outfield from left to right.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Beats shift twice
Thomas went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 8-6 win over the Pirates.
The lefty-batting Thomas found a way to beat the shift. He pulled both homers over the right-center field fence, including the longest of five blasts hit by the Diamondbacks, a 432-footer that tied the game in the third inning. The rookie entered the contest on a 4-for-31 (.129) run, as opponents found success when deploying shifts against him, after Thomas opened his MLB career with a .963 OPS over 14 games.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Fighting shifts
Thomas has been working on his swing to achieve better results against defensive shifts, Theo Mackie of the Arizona Republic reports.
The lefty-swinging Thomas made a bang early after getting his first taste of the majors three-and-a-half weeks ago. He had a .326 average and .992 OPS over his first 13 games. In the nine contests since, as he's faced an increasing number of shifts, Thomas is batting .129 with a .390 OPS. The solution of hitting to the opposite field -- pushing the hands out over the plate and forcing the ball in that direction -- sounds simple, but it can lead to dropping the barrel, swings-and-misses or lazy pop-ups, per Diamondbacks hitting coach Joe Mather. He preaches backing the ball up in the swing. "That allows you to have a flatter path," Mather said. "If we can catch it deep in our swing, we're gonna be able to drive it." Training to back up the swing requires a transitional period, which Thomas is undergoing now.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Takes seat Monday
Thomas isn't starting Monday against Kansas City.
Thomas snapped a six-game hit streak Sunday when he went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cubs, and he'll get a breather in Monday's series opener against the Royals. Jake McCarthy will draw the start in center field and bat sixth.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Runs hit streak to five
Thomas went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Friday's 10-6 win over the Cubs.
Thomas got in on the home run parade -- Arizona belted seven of them at Wrigley Field -- and has three in his first 42 at-bats in the majors. The rookie extended a hitting streak to five games, during which he's 7-for-19 (.368) with three extra-base hits.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Homers in opener
Thomas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers. He later went 2-for-4 in the nightcap.
Thomas looks like he's here to stay in the majors with 10 hits, including two home runs, over his first 31 major-league at-bats. He's doing it with a style most hitting coaches don't teach -- a pronounced leg kick and a lot of hand movement before unleashing his swing. "It feels like there's a lot going on," Arizona hitting coach Joe Mather told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "But when it's always been followed by production, you have to let him play it out. There is a lot going on, but basically all that is for him is just setting him up to be in position to hit the ball." With the Diamondbacks batting .205 (29th in MLB), the rookie's .323 average stands out.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Reaches base three times
Thomas went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Cubs.
Thomas was back in the lineup following a day off Friday, and the prospect was moved to seventh in the order, his highest position since being added to the team a week ago. His 17 plate appearances are a small sample, but Thomas is showing signs he's MLB-ready. The outfielder is 7-for-16 with four extra-base hits, three RBI and five runs scored through five games. Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo may eventually move him higher in the order since Thomas spent most of his time in the minors as a leadoff batter.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Day off Friday
Thomas isn't starting Friday against the Cubs.
Thomas started in the last four games and went 5-for-13 with a homer, two doubles, four runs, three RBI and three strikeouts. He'll get a breather in Friday's series opener while Jordan Luplow starts in center field and bats second.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Launches first career homer
Thomas went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in the loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.
Thomas took Sandy Alcantara deep in the bottom of the third inning, accounting for the only run against the starter in the contest. He later singled and scored in the eighth frame. The homer was the 22-year-old's first career round tripper. Since getting called up to the big leagues May 8, Thomas has compiled five hits -- three for extra bases -- four runs and three RBI in 13 at-bats.... See More ... See Less
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