THOMAS, FRANCISCO

Position: Shortstop / Second Base

DOB: August 27, 1998

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 195

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (8th round, 2016)

Profile:  Chosen by Milwaukee in the eighth round out of Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Florida, Thomas signed for a bonus of $200,000, passing up an offer to San Diego State, and was sent to Maryvale to begin his professional career in the Arizona League.  He played exclusively at shortstop for the AZL Brewers in his first season, then returned to Maryvale for a second go-round in 2017.  He played in just 17 games with most of his time coming at second base, showing slight improvements at the plate.  A raw but talented athlete with a long way to go, Thomas is a switch-hitter with the versatility to play anywhere on the infield, though his greatest value is up the middle.  A skilled defender with a better than average throwing arm, Thomas’ defense is ahead of his offense at this point, as he has struggled to get much going at the plate.  He collected just 19 total hits through his first two pro seasons with just two of them going for extra bases, but he has room to add some muscle to his frame and as he fills out, should generate at least some power.

2016:  After passing up a chance to become an Aztec in order to sign with the Brewers, Thomas was assigned to the Arizona League, where he played in 23 games for the AZL Brewers.  He wound up hitting just .110, collecting eight hits in 73 at-bats, but did draw 13 walks and scored 12 runs.

2017:  Thomas returned to the Arizona League for a second season in 2017, but appeared in just 17 games.  He made the move to second base and showed mild improvements at the plate, hitting .200/.333/.218 with eight runs batted in .