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Ian Drew Thomas (born April 20, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas (baseball) May 22 2014.jpg
Thomas with the Atlanta Braves
Free agent
Born: (1987-04-20) April 20, 1987 (age 32)
Norfolk, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
March 31, 2014, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2015, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2–3
Earned run average3.97



Amateur and independent leaguesEdit

Thomas is a graduate of Kellam High School.[1] He played college baseball at Louisburg College and Virginia Commonwealth University. After going undrafted in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, he signed with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League.[2] In 2010, he was the Northern League Rookie Pitcher of the Year, after going 5–1 with a 1.64 earned run average (ERA).[3] After three years with Winnipeg, he signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 2012.[4][5]

Atlanta BravesEdit

In May 2012, he signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.[6] He appeared in 26 games, going 5–0 with a 3.15 ERA and 58 strikeouts over 45 innings. In 2013, he pitched for the Mississippi Braves. He started 13 of 39 total games, finishing with a 2.76 ERA and 123 strikeouts over ​104 13 innings. Thomas was a nonroster invitee to 2014 Spring training with the Braves where he pitched 10.1 innings in 11 Spring training games for a 1-0 record, 2.61 ERA, 13 strikeouts, and a 1.16 WHIP. He was not expected to make the parent club, anticipating AAA Gwinnett as his 2014 team. However, due to a rash of injuries to Braves' pitchers and an impressive Spring training run, Thomas was one of the final two players (along with fellow left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter) named to the Atlanta Braves' Opening Day roster.[7] He was filling a relief role with the club.

On May 4, 2014, Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Gavin Floyd, who was activated off the disabled list.[8] He was moved to the starting rotation in Gwinnett where he made one start, not allowing any runs in three innings and striking out five.[9] The Braves tasked the lefty with developing a slider to add to his arsenal, strengthening his value to the Braves when they need him again. On May 10, 2014, he was recalled to Atlanta to replace Jordan Walden, who was placed on the 15-day DL for a pulled hamstring. He was expected to remain with Atlanta until May 20.[9] He was optioned back to Gwinnett on May 31.[10] Thomas was invited to spring training in 2015, and reassigned to Gwinnett on March 9.[11] Thomas was recalled on April 21, a day after Andrew McKirahan was suspended for eighty games.[12]

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On May 27, 2015, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (with Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults and Juan Jaime) in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow. The Dodgers assigned him to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.[13] He was recalled by the Dodgers on June 2 to serve as the designated "26th man" for a doubleheader that day.[14] He allowed four runs on five hits in three innings of work and was credited with the loss.[15] He returned to the team in September and appeared in nine total games for the Dodgers, with a 4.00 ERA.[16] In 14 games, with six starts, for Oklahoma City, he was 4–1 with a 5.74 ERA.[17] Thomas appeared in eight games for Oklahoma City in 2016, with two starts. He was 2–0 with a 1.42 ERA[17] However, he was shut down with a shoulder injury and spent much of the season on the disabled list. He was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on June 30, 2016, to make room for newly acquired pitcher, Bud Norris[18] and released a few days later, on July 3.[19]

Later careerEdit

On April 25, 2019, after several years out of professional baseball due to injuries, Thomas signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[20] He was released on July 28.


  1. ^ "Kellam grad Ian Thomas makes Atlanta Braves' roster". The Virginian-Pilot. March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Miller, Ed (May 11, 2013). "Kellam grad rides a rocky road to minor league stardom". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Frankel, Robby (June 14, 2011). "Goldeyes' big 'rookie' has all the right stuff". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  4. ^ "Revolution sign left-handed pitchers for 2012 season". The Evening Sun. February 13, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  5. ^ Seip, Jim (April 20, 2012). "Revs' Thomas brings the heat, tweaking his mechanics". York Daily Record. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Thomas, Miranda sign minor league deals with the Braves". Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics. May 21, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  7. ^ Morgan, Joe (March 29, 2014). "Thomas thrilled to make Opening Day roster". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Lezotte, Dave (May 4, 2014). "Ian Thomas Optioned to Gwinnett". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Rogers, Carroll (May 10, 2014). "Thomas ready to test slider in return to majors". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark; Cahill, Teddy (May 31, 2014). "Simmons earns callup to beleaguered Braves 'pen". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  11. ^ Collier, Jamal (March 9, 2015). "Braves make first round of spring cuts". Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  12. ^ "Left-hander Ian Thomas recalled by Braves from Triple-A". Associated Press. April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  13. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (May 27, 2015). "The six-player Juan Uribe trade is official". LA Daily News. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  14. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 2, 2015). "Austin Barnes, Kiké Hernandez, Chris Heisey start first game of doubleheader for Dodgers". SB Nation. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  15. ^ Krest, Shawn (June 2, 2015). "26th man Ian Thomas takes loss in relief for Dodgers". Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "2015 Los Angeles Dodgers Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistic". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Ian Thomas minor league statistics & history". Baseball Reference.
  18. ^ Gurnick, Ken (June 30, 2016). "Dodgers acquire righty Norris from Braves". Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  19. ^ "Ian Thomas: Released by the Dodgers". July 3, 2016.
  20. ^ "Thomas, Morey Join Revs". York Revolution. Retrieved April 25, 2019.

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