Thames with the Seattle Mariners
|NC Dinos – No. 14|
November 10, 1986 |
Santa Clara, California
|MLB: May 18, 2011, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|KBO: April 1, 2014, for the NC Dinos|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||62|
(through July 17, 2016)
|Runs batted in||332|
|Career highlights and awards|
Eric Allyn Thames (pronounced /θeɪms/) (born November 10, 1986) is an American professional baseball infielder for the NC Dinos of the KBO League. He was previously an outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners. Thames won the KBO League Most Valuable Player Award in 2015.
Eric Thames grew up in the San Jose-Santa Clara area. He attended Bellarmine College Prep where he was an all league player 2 years and a team MVP as a senior in 2004. Thames then attended West Valley Community College after sitting a year at Cabrillo College in 2005. During the 2006 season Thames made the Northern California all-state team, and he also made the first team all conference squad. From there, Thames transferred to Pepperdine University. Thames was drafted from Pepperdine University by the New York Yankees in the 39th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, pick number 1191 overall. He chose to continue his studies at Pepperdine. He was drafted the following year by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, pick number 219 overall.
Thames began his professional career with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League in 2009. He also spent time rehabbing with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays of the Gulf Coast League later that year, and spent the 2010 season with the Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League.
Toronto Blue Jays
He made his MLB debut on May 18, 2011 against the Tampa Bay Rays recording his first career hit and RBI, driving in second baseman Aaron Hill. Thames also recorded his first career walk and run scored in that game. Thames hit his first career double against the Houston Astros on May 21.
Thames made the Blue Jays roster out of spring training in 2012, and appeared in 46 games before being sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas. In 46 games, Thames hit .243 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI.
On March 20, 2013, Thames was optioned to the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. On June 22, the Mariners designated Thames for assignment in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the return of Franklin Gutierrez from the 60-day disabled list.
Thames was traded by the Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league infielder Ty Kelly on June 30, 2013. Thames was immediately optioned to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. He was designated for assignment on September 1.
The Houston Astros claimed Thames off waivers on September 5. He played for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks the next day. He had 2 hits (including a home run) in 4 at-bats as Oklahoma lost and was eliminated from the playoffs. He was released on December 9, 2013.
Thames signed with the NC Dinos on December 9, 2013. In the 2014 season he batted .343 with 37 home runs, 121 runs batted in, and an OPS of 1.110. During the 2015 season, Thames became the first player in KBO history to hit for the cycle twice in one season. Thames also became the first member of the KBO's 40–40 club. On November 24, Thames was named the MVP of the KBO League. He is the third foreign-born player to win the award, joining Tyrone Woods and Danny Rios. Also, Thames won 2015 KBO Golden Glove Award for first basemen.
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