Top 10 Player Profiles of 2017: No. 1 Alek Thomas

Phil Kerber
Associate Scout

Over the last few weeks we have counted down the 2017 caldendar year with a look at the top ten viewed profiles of 2017. After combing through our google analytics, we have compiled a list of the ten most visited profiles, by you, the readers, in 2017.

The top viewed profile in 2017 belongs to OF Alek Thomas (Mt. Carmel), the No. 1 ranked player in Illinois' Class of 2018. Thomas is a two-sport athlete at Mount Carmel, and is committed to play baseball and football at TCU. A high-end talent, Thomas will receive considerable draft interest this summer. Thomas' profile has long been one of the most popular profiles, in 2016 he was the second most viewed profile with over 9,600. This year he comes in with over 11,300 views. 

No. 1 Alek Thomas

Scouting Report

7.11.17 - TCU recruit, currently ranked No. 7 overall in PBR coverage area, No. 1 in Illinois’ 2018 class.  5-foot-11, 179-pound left-handed hitting outfielder, athletic, wiry-strong frame with plenty of room for continued physical development. Top-of-the-scale athlete with highly advanced baseball instincts and I.Q. Ran an event-best 6.43 laser-timed 60 on a wet track. Speed and athleticism translate all over the field. Highest level defensive centerfielder, gets advanced reads off the bat, tracks balls down to both power alleys with ease. In game, Thomas ran down two balls deep in the right-center gap, covering considerable real estate, and made it look routine. Profiles as no-doubt centerfielder at the next level with below-average arm strength. Offensively, hits from a relaxed open setup, advanced rhythm in load, pronounced leg-kick back, loose, fluid athletic hands, generates easy bat speed. Registered 95-mph exit velocity off tee. Produces big pullside power when he wanted in BP, tanking several home runs. Also shows handsy opposite-field approach with intent on getting out the box quickly. Overall, Thomas was the top prospect at the PBR Midwest ProCase, and further cemented his status as a high-round draft prospect. 



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