Eric Thames, Infield, Milwaukee Brewers, #7
Date of Birth: 11/10/1986
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California
College: Pepperdine University
Current Salary: $4,000,000
Eric Thames, infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, was first drafted by the New York Yankees in 2007 but he opted instead to continue at Pepperdine University. A year later, he was drafted by and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in the minor leagues for just two seasons (2009 and 2010).
Thames played in 95 games with the Blue Jays in 2011. He finished the season with 95 hits, 24 doubles, 12 home runs, 37 RBIs, 88 strikeouts to 23 walks, and a .262 batting average. Defensively, he played 52 games in left field and 27 games in right field and he made 146 putouts and 2 errors.
The Blue Jays traded Thames to the Seattle Mariners on July 31, 2012. He finished the 2012 season with 63 hits, 12 doubles, 25 RBIs, and a .232 batting average in 46 games with the Blue Jays and 40 games with the Mariners. Defensively, he played 44 games in left field and 35 games in right field and he made 145 putouts and 3 errors.
Thames was traded again in 2013, this time to the Baltimore Orioles on June 30th. He played only in the minors in 2013. The Houston Astros claimed him off waivers on September 5th and then released him on December 9th.
On December 9, 2013, the day the Astros released him, Thames signed with a Korean team. He played in Korea for three seasons (2014-2016). In 2015, he was named the KBO's MVP and he won a Golden Glove.
Thames signed a three-year contract with the Brewers on November 29, 2016.
Career batting statistics for Thames through 2016 include:
- 181 games played
- 158 hits
- 36 doubles
- 62 RBIs
- 175 strikeouts to 38 walks
- .250 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Thames as an outfielder through 2016 include:
- 96 games played in left field, 62 games played in right field
- 291 putouts
- 5 errors