Georgia Tech baseball ace lefty Connor Thomas will officially move onto professional baseball after signing with the St.Louis Cardinals.
Connor Thomas is officially off to the professional ranks after the left handed starter signed with the St.Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, a week after being drafted by the organization in the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Thomas will leave Georgia Tech after three seasons including two superb seasons in his sophomore and junior years. As a sophomore, Thomas put up a 7-4 record with a 3.34 ERA over 16 appearances and 15 starts. He kept opponents to a batting average of .256 with 106 strikeouts and just 10 walks in just 97.0 innings pitched.
This past season, Thomas had a better season, posting a 9-2 record and a 3.11 ERA over 16 appearances all of them being starts. He pitched in 113 innings over the course of the season and while he did allow more hits than innings he pitched, he posted another strong K:BB ratio with 103 strikeouts and just 19 walks. More notably, Thomas showed the ability to go the distance in 2019 as well, posting three complete games including two complete game shutouts.
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Last week, Thomas was drafted in the fifth round and 155th overall by the Cardinals. He was one of seven Yellow Jackets to be drafted and the third highest. which is tied for the most in a single draft by the Jackets this decade. He is also one of five Yellow Jackets that was expected to sign with their respective organizations. Most likely joining Thomas in the professional ranks is 1B Tristin English (Arizona Diamondbacks), Kyle McCann (Oakland Athletics), Xzavion Curry (Cleveland Indians) and Chase Murray (Pittsburgh Pirates).