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35 Lane Thomas CF

St. Louis Cardinals

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July 22, 2020 05:12 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Projected to start on bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas will seemingly begin the regular season as the fourth outfielder according to comments from manager Mike Shildt following Sunday's intrasquad game, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Shildt appeared to confirm his starting outfield to begin the season will consist of Tyler O'Neill, Harrison Bader and Dexter Fowler (back) left to right, which naturally leaves Thomas out of the equation for the time being. Thomas did not force Shildt's hand sufficiently in Grapefruit League play or summer camp. The 24-year-old is just 3-for-11 with five strikeouts in summer camp game action overall, although Frederickson makes a case for Thomas potentially muscling his way into at least a timeshare with O'Neill in left field if the former can put together a surge over the last few days before the regular season. Meanwhile, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests Shildt could get creative with Thomas' opportunities by utilizing the speedy 24-year-old in pinch-running situations and subsequently keeping him in the game as a defensive replacement. The Cardinals' skipper recently noted what he sees as Thomas' ability to churn out productive at-bats off the bench and even potentially serve as the designated hitter on occasion.

July 1, 2020 01:44 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Still in thick of job battle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas is expected to start the team's upcoming summer camp as a primary contender for the starting left field job, Anne Rogers of reports.

Thomas was considered to be in a tight battle with Tyler O'Neill for the top spot in left when spring training was suspended, as he'd closed the gap with a pair of home runs and five RBI in the four games prior to play being paused. Rogers notes the team "affirmed its intent" to give Thomas and O'Neill the first chance to make their case for the spot once summer camp begins, although elite prospect Dylan Carlson does loom large behind the duo and could certainly be a factor at some point this coming regular season.

May 4, 2020 05:56 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Well regarded by organization
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas, who was making significant strides when spring training was suspended, is highly regarded by organizational instructor Bernard Gilkey and assistant coach Willie McGee, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "He's sneaky good. He's one of those guys that when the game's over, they're saying, 'Who was that guy?'," McGee said. "We haven't seen enough of him. But (instructor) Bernard Gilkey has seen a lot of him and 'Gilk' loves him."

Those are a pair of hefty endorsements for a young outfielder, but they're well-earned by Thomas. Anne Rogers of previously reported the 21-year-old was gaining on Tyler O'Neill for the left field job before spring training was paused, leaving open the possibility Thomas could have stuck on the Opening Day roster. With the strong chance the 2020 minor-league season is cancelled altogether and big-league rosters expected to be expanded significantly, Thomas seems like a good bet to spend the bulk of the season on the active roster.

March 22, 2020 10:44 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Trending up prior to pause
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas, who had two home runs and five walks across his last four exhibitions before spring training was suspended, is pushing Tyler O'Neill for the starting left field job, Anne Rogers of reports.

Meanwhile, O'Neil struck out 14 times in 32 Grapefruit League at-bats, an extension of the contact issues he's frequently battled in the early stages of his major-league career. Thomas impressed last season during his initial big-league cup of coffee, slashing .316/.409/.684 across 44 plate appearances over 34 games. Meanwhile, he put together a solid spring as well, slugging four extra-base hits (one double and three homers) and tallying six RBI, eight walks, one stolen base and four runs over 14 exhibition contests. O'Neill has the edge on Thomas in terms of major-league experience, but that certainly doesn't preclude the latter from winning the job battle if he's able to continue impressing once play resumes. Rogers also notes the promising Dylan Carlson appears to retain an outside chance of leapfrogging both O'Neill and Thomas, but it's worth noting the 21-year-old has logged only 18 games at the Triple-A level.

November 20, 2019 02:36 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Should be healthy for spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas has recovered from his broken right wrist and is expected to resume swinging a bat in the near future, Rob Rains of reports.

Thomas expects to enter spring training with no restrictions and could be a candidate to claim a starting role in the St. Louis outfield, which is rather unsettled after Marcell Ozuna hit the free-agent market. St. Louis could still add another veteran option or two this winter through trade or free agency or even re-sign Ozuna if the price is right, but as the roster currently stands, Thomas looks set to compete with Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Dylan Carlson, Tyler O'Neill and Randy Arozarena for one of three spots in the everyday outfield. Thomas spent the majority of his injury shortened 2019 campaign at Triple-A Memphis, slashing .268/.352/.460 with 10 home runs and 11 steals across 304 plate appearances.

September 2, 2019 12:00 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Moves to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas (wrist) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday.

Thomas was already likely to be sidelined for the near future after being hit by a pitch that fractured his right wrist earlier in the week, but the move to the 60-day IL essentially ends his season. He received his first taste of the majors this year and looked good in limited chances with a .316/.409/.684 slash line and four homers in 44 plate appearances.

August 30, 2019 03:00 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Out with fractured wrist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a fractured right wrist.

Thomas was hit by a pitch during both of his appearances off the bench against the Brewers, though he stayed in to run the bases on both occasions. The severity of the fracture remains unclear, but the 24-year-old seems likely to be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

August 26, 2019 11:20 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Drills pinch-hit homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas hit a solo home run in a pinch-hit at-bat during a win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Thomas capped off the Cardinals' scoring barrage of the afternoon by lacing a 368-foot shot to left when called on to pinch hit for reliever Ryan Helsley in the seventh inning. The rookie hasn't drawn a start since Aug. 18 with Harrison Bader recently having returned from Triple-A Memphis, but Thomas figures to remain at the big-league level for the balance of the season with rosters on the verge of expanding Sept. 1.

August 19, 2019 10:44 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Timely hit in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Reds on Sunday. He was also caught stealing on his only attempt.

The rookie extended the Cardinals' lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning with a timely single that plated Yadier Molina. Thomas has now hit safely in three straight starts and is 7-for-17 with a triple, two home runs, seven RBI, two walks and four runs during his current major-league stint.

August 12, 2019 11:48 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Hits grand slam, posts five RBI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and RBI triple in an 11-9 victory against the Pirates on Sunday.

In just his second big-league start, Thomas drove in a run with a triple and erased a three-run deficit with a grand slam during the seventh. It's a very small sample, but Thomas is batting 8-for-22 (.364) with three home runs, 10 RBI, four runs and a steal in 24 plate appearances this season.

August 4, 2019 01:24 AM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Swats solo shot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas hit a solo home run in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Athletics.

Thomas' second long ball of the year came in the ninth inning, but with the Cardinals down by six runs at the start of the frame, a comeback never fully materialized. Thomas has recorded a hit in both of his at-bats since his promotion from Triple-A Memphis, both coming from off the bench. He has five RBI and three runs scored in 15 at-bats this season.

July 30, 2019 03:32 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Officially promoted
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

As expected, Thomas will join the big-league club after Harrison Bader was demoted to Triple-A. Thomas figures to serve as outfield depth during his time in the majors.

July 29, 2019 07:32 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Promotion forthcoming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

Thomas went 4-for-13 with a homer and four RBI over 11 games earlier this season in the big leagues. With Harrison Bader continuing to struggle at the dish, Thomas will get another shot to prove he belongs in the majors.

July 5, 2019 07:12 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Sent back to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

Thomas got into just two games in his latest stint with the Cardinals, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. Rangel Ravelo will replace him on the bench.

June 29, 2019 08:48 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Returns to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

Thomas will join the Cardinals in San Diego for his third big-league stint of the season. The 23-year-old is 4-for-10 in the majors and provides some outfield depth with Marcell Ozuna (fingers) moving to the injured list.

May 29, 2019 07:16 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.

Thomas' latest stint on the big-league roster lasted a full week. He only got into two games, both off the bench, and did not receive a single plate appearance. Genesis Cabrera was called up ahead of his scheduled start against the Phillies in a corresponding move.

May 22, 2019 06:56 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Moves up to big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals recalled Thomas from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

He'll serve as the 26th man for the Cardinals in their doubleheader Wednesday against the Royals. Unless the team loses an outfielder to an injury at some point during the twinbill, it's likely that Thomas will be headed back to the minors immediately after the doubleheader.

April 26, 2019 05:32 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

Thomas got into seven games in his time in the big leagues, going 4-for-10 at the plate. He could be back up for his second crack at the majors when the Cardinals next need an outfielder. Tyler O'Neill (elbow) was activated off the injured list in a corresponding move.

April 26, 2019 10:12 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Productive day at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas went 2-for-3 with a stolen base in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

Thomas recorded both his first multi-hit game and stolen base in the win. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to his major-league career, going 4-for-10 with a home run, four RBI and a walk during the six games in which he's logged at least one at-bat.

April 20, 2019 07:28 PM
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Homers in first big-league at-bat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas entered Friday's loss to the Mets on Friday as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and hit a two-run homer in his one at-bat.

Manager Mike Shildt called on Thomas to hit for pitcher Ryan Helsley in the sixth inning with two out and Dexter Fowler aboard, and the rookie gave the Cardinals some life by connecting on a 371-foot shot to right in what was his first big-league at-bat. In doing so, Thomas became the first player to do that since current teammate Paul DeJong accomplished the feat in 2017. The rookie is expected to remain with the Cardinals while Tyler O'Neill (elbow) and Harrison Bader (hamstring) are on the injured list.

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