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Eric Allyn Thames

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After attending Pepperdine University, outfielder Eric Thames was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Tim Rooney and made his pro debut in 2009 with the Dunedin Blue Jays. With the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2010, he hit .288 with 27 home runs and 104 RBI and was named an Eastern League All-Star.

After beginning 2011 with the Las Vegas 51s, he was recalled by the Blue Jays in May when Adam Lind went on the disabled list and went 1-for-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays in his big league debut on May 18th. He returned to AAA on June 2nd, but then returned to Toronto at the end of June and spent the remainder of the season starting in the outfield, first ion right while the Jays temporarily moved Jose Bautista to third base, and then in left after the Jays brought up 3B Brett Lawrie from the minors in early August and returned Bautista to his familiar spot. Overall, Eric had a very solid rookie season, ending at .262 with 24 doubles, 5 triples and 12 homers in 95 games. In AAA, he had hit .352 with 25 doubles and 7 doubles in 53 games.

Thames was the starting left fielder when the Jays opened the 2012 season, having beaten out Travis Snider for the job. However, he failed to hit as well as in his rookie year and was returned to Las Vegas at the end of May, having put up a batting line of .243/.288/.365 in 46 games. Back at las Vegas, his hitting stroke returned, to the tune of a .335 average in 53 games. On July 30th, the Jays addressed their surplus of outfielders by trading both Snider and Thames, with Eric heading to the Seattle Mariners in return for P Steve Delabar. Thames quickly made his presence felt on the Mariners with a number of key hits in August, including a solo homer off Liam Hendriks of the Minnesota Twins in the 8th inning on August 27th that gave Felix Hernandez a 1-0 shutout win.

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