Tahnaj Thomas

TAHNAJ THOMAS, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 16, 1999
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2016, Cleveland Indians
How Acquired: Trade (with Indians for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff)
Country: Bahamas
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Thomas is a very projectable pitcher with good stuff.  He’s exceptionally athletic and has only limited experience on the mound.  At the time the Pirates acquired him, when he was still 19, he threw a 92-95 mph fastball, an above-average slider and a change.  By 2019, though, he was sitting in the upper-90s and reaching triple digits.  Several prospect evaluators rated him, at the time of the trade, as one of the top 30 prospects in a deep Indians’ system.

2017
DSL: 0-2-0, 3.38 ERA, 2.06 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 13.5 BB/9, 8.4 K/9
R:  0-3-0, 6.00 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 33.0 IP, 6.8 BB/9, 7.9 K/9

Thomas appeared in three games in the DSL, then moved up to rookie ball.  He mostly started, but only pitched three or fewer innings at a time.  He obviously struggled, mainly due to control problems.

2018
R:  0-0-0, 4.58 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 19.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 12.4 K/9

The Indians sent Thomas back to rookie ball.  He didn’t see a lot of action, but he made considerable progress, pitching better than the ERA indicates.

2019
R+:  2-3-0, 3.17 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 48.1 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 11.0 K/9

Pitching as a starter for Bristol, Thomas got off to a rocky start.  He recorded only five outs in his first two starts, mainly due to poor control.  From that point on, he dominated, including surprisingly good control.  Oddly, he had a reverse platoon split, with a .746 opponents’ OPS against right-handed hitters and just .500 against left-handed hitters.  That may say something about his progress with the change.

Thomas’ stuff and command both took big steps forward in 2019.  Even though he’s reaching triple digits, he probably still has some projection left.  He’s established himself as one of the Pirates’ top prospects.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
December 5, 2016: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an international free agent.
November 14, 2018: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Erik Gonzalez and Dante Mendoza for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.