VIPERS ACQUIRE SLUGGER JUAN
After the Calgary
Vipers placed Greg Morrison on the suspended list Sunday, the
expansion team didn’t take long to name a replacement. The Big
Human, Juan Thomas, was acquired by Calgary Sunday for future
considerations. Thomas, who was playing with the Sioux Falls
Canaries in Edmonton, will immediately join the Vipers and most
likely play his first game on Monday against Fargo-Moorhead.
The 6’4, 295
pound 1st baseman and designated hitter is no stranger to
Calgary and Foothills Stadium. In 2 seasons with the Tacoma
Rainers of the ‘AAA’ Pacific Coast
League he played in the same division as the Calgary Cannons. This
year with Sioux Falls, Thomas has been nothing but a “Calgary
Killer” hitting .459 against the club with 4 homeruns and 19 RBI.
On May 30th, Thomas hit for the cycle in Calgary, part of
a Canaries victory.
This season with
Sioux Falls, Thomas is hitting .319 with a team leading 58 RBI and
14 homeruns. He also sports an impressive .562 slugging percentage
and boasts a .376 on base percentage. In 2004, his first season
with the Northern League, Thomas hit .304 in 52 games after coming
over from the Mexican ‘AAA’ ranks. A former 10th round
draft pick of the Chicago White Sox, he started his pro career in
the Gulf Coast League in 1991. Starting in 2001, Thomas played in
parts of 4 ‘AAA’ seasons including 2 full years with the
Rainers and part of a season with
Louisville in the International League.
Thomas will fit
in nicely with the Vipers as the DH and will most likely bat cleanup
in the batting order.