Note: This page discusses minor league infielder Tony Thomas. For the college coach of the same name, click here.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 180 lb.
- School Florida State University
- High School Bloomingdale High School
Second baseman Tony Thomas was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft, one pick after Danny Duffy. He was signed by scout Keith Stohr for $360,000 and made his pro debut that summer.
His first year at Florida State was 2005. He batted .240 in 72 games. In 2006, he hit .289 with 19 stolen bases in 65 games and played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League during the summer. In 2007, he slashed .430/.522/.733 with 33 doubles, 11 home runs, 31 RBI and 91 runs scored in 62 games to co-earn the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year honor. He earned numerous other honors that year, as well: Rivals.com also named him the college player of the year and - along with Collegiate Baseball Newspaper - named him a first-team All-American. He was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy and was a semi-finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and an All-ACC first team member.
He was named a Baseball America Short Season All-Star his first campaign, batting .308/.404/.544 with 28 stolen bases in 46 games for the Boise Hawks and .296/.393/.533 on the year overall. He was a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star in 2008, hitting .266 with 22 stolen bases in 113 games for the Daytona Cubs. Going in 2008, he was named the ninth-best prospect in the Cubs system by Baseball America. He was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009, hitting .251 with 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases for the Tennessee Smokies; the next year, he was a MiLB.com Organization All-Star after hitting .276 with 11 home runs, 11 triples and 15 stolen bases for Tennessee.
On February 15, 2011 Thomas was traded to the Boston Red Sox for P Robert Coello. He played in Triple-A for the first time that season, hitting .212 with 11 stolen bases in 80 games for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He returned to Pawtucket for 2012 and hit .242 with 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 68 games. Between the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and Pawtucket in 2013, Thomas hit .228 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 123 games.
For 2014, he was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins. He played for their Double-A club, the New Britain Rock Cats, and hit .241 with 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 129 games to earn MiLB.com Organization All-Star honors. He joined the Philadelphia Phillies system to begin 2015 and played for the Reading Fightin Phils. On May 30, he was released and on June 2, the Detroit Tigers signed him. He played for the Erie SeaWolves in their system before being released again on July 31. The Chicago White Sox signed him on August 5 and he joined the Birmingham Barons. All told, he played 94 games that year and hit .249. He became a free agent following the season.
Through 2015, he had made six minor league All-Star teams.