The St. Paul Saints have signed the Tommies’ two-time All-America pitcher Dylan Thomas to a contract.
Thomas joined the Northern League team in time for this week’s homestand. The second-place Saints (16-15), one game behind leader Winnipeg, face the Goldeyes in a three-game home series starting Monday night.
Thomas was a consensus Division III All-America honoree in 2012 and 2013 as a utility player (RHP, designated hitter).
In his two UST seasons, Thomas finished 15-4 with four saves and a 2.19 ERA, with 134 strikeouts and just 31 walks in 131 innings (29 appearances). That included a 4-0 record in postseason play. At the plate, he hit .357 (.630 slugging percentage) with 77 hits in 66 games, with 61 RBI, 50 runs, 30 walks 11 HRs, 16 doubles and five triples. He was named Midwest Region Player of the Year in 2012 and Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year in 2013, and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
The Lakeville North High graduate played two seasons at Des Moines Area Community College before transferring to St. Thomas in fall 2011. Thomas had 16 home runs in his prep career for North, and was a 2009 all-stater.
At Des Moines in the 2011 season, he pitched in the NJCAA College World Series, and struck out 51 in 51 innings for the Bears.
Thomas also pitched with the Duluth Huskies in the Northwoods League in parts of the 2011 and 2012 summer seasons.
In 2012, he led St. Thomas to a third-place NCAA finish and 41-10 overall mark. At the plate, Thomas batted .361 over his last 29 games in the lineup with 39 hits, 13 walks, 33 RBI, six HRs and 23 runs. On the mound he went 8-0 with an 0.98 ERA in his last 11 appearances, including a complete-game win over eventual NCAA champion Marietta (Ohio) at the College World Series, his third postseason victory.
This spring, in helping the Tommies to a conference championship and 34-7 final record, Thomas finished 7-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 13 appearances with 60 strikeouts and just nine walks in 55.1 innings. He allowed only three earned runs in his last 34 innings. At the plate, he batted .355 with 38 hits, 28 RBI and 27 runs in 34 games. He had three triples and five home runs and also walked 17 times. He reached base in 26 consecutive games late in the season.
Thomas becomes the sixth former St. Thomas pitcher to play for the St. Paul Saints. He follows Chris Olean (2001), Brian Whinnery (2006, 2007, 2008), Lonnie Robinson (2008, 2009), Brandon Stone (2010) and Kris Edwards (2011).
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