Future Games Spotlight: OF Alek Thomas




Alek Thomas

Name: Alek Thomas

Graduating Class: 2018

Position: OF

School: Mount Carmel

Height: 5-10

Weight: 170

Rank
State:
1
Overall:
6

The Skinny:
In short order, the left-handed hitter has begun to build a reputation as potentially one of the top outfield prospects Illinois has seen in a long time. During the spring, in a lineup filled with eight Division 1 players, Thomas led state runner-up Mount Carmel in home runs with eight, including one in the Class 4A state semifinals. A clutch performer, Thomas hits balls much farther than his wiry 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame would indicate. Aside from his offensive prowess, he is highly athletic and plays a top-level outfield. He has advanced, natural baseball instincts, despite being a three-sport athlete. His father, Allen Thomas, is the strength coach for the Chicago White Sox, so it is safe to assume that he will physically develop in the coming years. And when he does, it is doubtful there will be a higher-ceiling prospect in the Midwest, possibly the country, than Thomas.

Scouting Report:
At 5-foot-10, 165-pound, there’s plenty of room for Thomas to physically mature. The freshman is a fluid athlete who makes everything look relatively simply. Approach to the game seems to come natural. Natural outfield actions and range. Takes efficient routes and high points the ball very well. The left handed hitting outfielder has a balanced set up at the dish. Hands are loose and in rhythm near the head. Creates a consistent bat angle which allows for a flat, strong path through the hitting zone. Top hand elbow slot is naturally advanced, allowing the bat to stay in the zone longer, giving him plus plate coverage. This was on display on a 1-1, two out change up that he flipped over the third baseman’s head to drive in a run. 7.08 runner this winter, speed evident in outfield actions. High end follow for 2018, oozes talent. ... Premium athlete, lean loose frame that projects. Confident game, has a bounce in his step, moxie. Excellent hands at the plate, path occasionally gets long, good barrel control. 4.15 runner down the line on groundout to the pitcher. Plus potential defender, long strider, covers ground well with good reads, ability to make game changing plays defensively. (From two game reports last spring)

The Future Games:
This one-of-a-kind event will feature the best uncommitted Class of 2017 prospects from our 20-plus state coverage area. The Future Games will take place on July 30 - Aug 1 (Thursday-Saturday) at Grand Park, a state-of-the-art 22-field baseball complex located in Westfield, IN, just north of Indianapolis. The Prep Baseball Report Future Games is the premier summer scouting event for Class of 2017 prospects and select 2018 prospects. Last year, more than 110 colleges from all over the country were in attendance.

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