THAMES, ERIC

Position: First Base

DOB: November 10, 1986

Height: 6’0″ / Weight: 210

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (November 29, 2016)

Profile: Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2008 draft out of Pepperdine, Thames signed late and began his pro career in 2009 with the Blue Jays High-A affiliate in Dunedin, Florida. He advanced to Double-A New Hampshire in 2010, then opened 2011 at Triple-A Las Vegas before receiving the call to join the Blue Jays in May. He opened 2012 with Toronto before being traded to Seattle at the trade deadline. He finished out 2012 with the Mariners and began the 2013 season with their Triple-A squad in Tacoma before being traded to Baltimore in late June. He was designated for assignment by the Orioles in September and claimed by the Astros but was released just months later to pursue an opportunity overseas. Thames spent the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization, then was signed as a free agent by Milwaukee in November of 2016. A first baseman with massive power potential, Thames clubbed 124 home runs over his three seasons in Korea and though strikeouts were a concern for him early in his career, he’s shown a much better approach in recent years, cutting down on the K’s while drawing a large amount of walks.

2009: After tearing a quad during his junior year at Pepperdine, Thames didn’t play at all following the draft in 2008 and saw action in just 59 games in 2009. He spent most of the year with the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s High-A affiliate and wound up hitting .313 with three home runs over 52 games there.

2010: The Blue Jays kept Thames on the fast track in 2010, bumping him up to Double-A New Hampshire and he responded with a big offensive season. In 130 games he hit .288 with 25 doubles, six triples and 27 home runs, earning a spot on the Eastern League All-Star Team.

2011: Thames moved up to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the 2011 season and continued to mash at the plate. In 53 Pacific Coast League contests, he hit .352 with seven home runs, earning a call to join the Blue Jays in May. He made his big league debut with Toronto on May 18th and went on to play in 95 games, hitting .262 with 12 home runs.

2012: The 2012 season for Thames looked very similar to his 2011 campaign as he split time between Toronto and Las Vegas. He killed Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .330 average in 54 games but didn’t have quite the same success in 46 MLB games, hitting just .243 with three homers before being traded to Seattle at the deadline. He finished out the year with the Mariners, batting .220 over his final 40 games.

2013: After struggling with the Mariners the year before, Seattle sent Thames to Triple-A Tacoma to begin 2013, then traded him to Baltimore on June 30th in exchange for third baseman Ty Kelly. He saw the majority of his action in the Orioles system come at Triple-A Norfolk before being designated for assignment in May. The Houston Astros claimed him on waivers but released him in December before he played a game for them, giving him the opportunity to head overseas.

2014: Thames joined the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2014 and appeared in 125 games for them. He hit .343 with 37 home runs and drove in 121 runs while posting an OPS of 1.111

2015: In his second season in Korea, Thames put together a phenomenal year, putting up video game numbers in 142 games. He wound up hitting .381/.497/.790, racking up 42 doubles and five triples to go along with 47 home runs. He also stole 40 bases and drew 103 walks while striking out just 91 times, posting an OPS of 1.288.

2016: Returning for his third season with the NC Dinos, Thames again put up big offensive numbers in the KBO. He appeared in 121 games, hitting .317/.425/.676 with 40 home runs, driving in 118 runs and putting up an OPS of 1.101 before inking a free agent contract with Milwaukee in November.