BU's Thomas drafted by Blue Jays
VESTAL, N.Y.- Jake Thomas of the Binghamton baseball team was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 27th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Thomas is the fourth Bearcat drafted in the last four years and the tenth in program history.
The native of Merrick, New York was taken with the 812th pick in the event. Thomas became the third BU outfielder chosen in the last six years. He was a three-time First Team All-America East pick and helped the Bearcats win consecutive America East Tournament titles in 2013 and 2014. Thomas is the school's all-time leader in on-base percentage (.453) and walks (132) and ranks in the top ten in every offensive category at BU. He won the 2015 John Bilos Award at Binghamton's Annual Varsity Awards Banquet.
"I am honored to be a part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization," said Thomas. "I have wanted to play professional baseball since I was a kid and this is a dream come true. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and fans for all of their support. I couldn't have done it without them."
"This is such a well-deserved honor and opportunity for Jake," said Binghamton coach Tim Sinicki. "He's worked as hard as anyone I've ever had in the program and set his sights on this day from the moment he stepped on campus. The Blue Jays are not only getting a quality player, but an outstanding young man. I couldn't be more proud of Jake."
Binghamton MLB Draft Picks
1990 – Dan Gray, C (Los Angeles Dodgers, 7th Round), Dirk Gorman, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers, 48th Round)
2001 – Jeff Montani, RHP (Baltimore Orioles, 37th Round)
2008 – Jeff Dennis, LHP (Oakland Athletics, 40th Round)
2009 – Murphy Smith, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 13th Round)
2010 – Henry Dunn, OF (Cleveland Indians, 50th Round)
2012 – Mike Augliera, RHP (Boston Red Sox, 5th Round), Lee Sosa, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 26th Round)
2014 – Bill Bereszniewicz, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers, 28th Round)
2015 - Jake Thomas, OF (Toronto Blue Jays, 27th Round)
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)