Nateshon Thomas

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Nateshon Thomas (Shadow)

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 183 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Nateshon Thomas has played for the British national team.

Thomas went to the US for college. In 2015, he came to Germany to play for the Bad Homburg Hornets. He hit .319/.417/.417 with 17 runs in 20 games, stealing 14 bases in 19 tries. He fielded .956 at shortstop and pitched as well (0-2, Sv, 7.03). He was 4th in the southern Bundesliga-1 in steals and second in fielding percentage at SS.

In 2016, he hit .304/.467/.435 for the Hornets with 23 runs and 28 walks in 28 games, stealing 21 bases while only being nabbed three times. His fielding percentage fell to .859. As a pitcher, he was 1-4 with a 9.74 ERA and 33 walks in 32 1/3 IP. He led the league in walks (4 ahead of Thomas De Wolf and Kevin Kotowski), steals (five ahead of Gavin Ng) and steal percentage, tied for second in triples (2, one behind Christoph Ziegler), was second in errors (18), was 7th in assists (63) and 8th in walks issued.

He became the first player from the British Virgin Islands to appear for the British national team when he played for them in the 2016 European Championship. He was 0 for 2 as their shortstop in their opening loss to the host Netherlands but wound up as one of the team's top performers for the event. He hit .348/.400/.696 with 5 runs and 7 RBI in six games, going 2 for 2 in steals and fielding .970. He tied Brett Rosen for second on the team in average, led in slugging (.096 ahead of AAA player Chris Berset), tied Richard Klijn for second in OBP, led in RBI (by 3) and was second in runs (2 behind Zach Wiley). He also turned in a fine effort in his lone game on the mound, shutting out Russia for five innings (4 H, 4 BB, 5 K) to outduel Petr Balan. Matt Maitland relieved him with a 4-0 lead but Britain lost, 11-5, as the bullpen could not hold on. For the Euros, he was 8th in slugging, between Philip Smith and Steven De Lannoy.

Thomas remained with Great Britain for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He got into one game, pinch-hitting for Kyle Simmons in the 6th inning of a mercy rule win over Pakistan. He doubled off Muhammad Asif to score Mitch Evans and came in on a hit by Champ Stuart. He stayed in at third base, replacing Simmons there, and had one assist, on a grounder by Faqir Hussain.