May 17, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - The Associated Press Monday night reported that the Toronto Blue Jays purchased the contract of former Pepperdine All-American Eric Thames from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Thames will fill the roster spot vacated by Adam Lind who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to May 8.
Thames was hitting .342 through 36 games for the 51s with six homers and 30 RBI with a 1.029 on-base plus slugging percentage when notified of his promotion. He was the hero of Saturday night's 4-3 win over Round Rock, drilling a walk-off RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell told the media following tonight's 4-2 win at Detroit he will use Thames at DH and in left field.
"It's time to take a look at what Eric can do for us," Farrell said.
Thames is the 32nd Wave to make it to the majors and the third recruited by current head coach Steve Rodriguez. Arizona right-handed pitcher Barry Enright and Detroit infielder Danny Worth both made their major league debuts last season.
Other Waves currently playing in the pros include Dan Haren (Angels), Will Ohman (White Sox), Dane Sardinha (Phillies) and Randy Wolf (Brewers). Rob Picciolo (Angels) and Steve Smith (Indians) are both assistant coaches.
During his All-American season of 2008, Thames hit .407 for Pepperdine with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He was drafted later that summer by Toronto in the seventh round.
Thames made his professional debut in 2009 with Class A Advanced Dunedin of the Florida State League and started his career with a 10-game hitting streak. He then spent all of 2010 with Double-A New Hampshire and earned the R. Howard Webster award as the Fisher Cats MVP after leading the club with 27 home runs and 104 RBI.
Thames entered the 2011 season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 12 prospect in the Blue Jays system.