Thomas De Wolf
Thomas De Wolf
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 198 lb.
Thomas De Wolf was the first player born and raised in Belgium to sign a U.S. pro contract.
De Wolf played for the Hoboken Pioneers in Belgium and appeared on the Belgian national team in the 2006 European Championship B Pool. In July of 2008, he signed with the New York Mets. The scouts were Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz, Marcelino Vallejo and Sandy Rosario.
De Wolf made his Organized Baseball debut with the 2009 DSL Mets on May 30, batting third and manning left field. He was 1 for 4 with a walk, run and RBI in a 6-2 win over the DSL Rays. He had a productive first season, hitting .254/.432/.290 with 39 walks in 43 games. He had 41 putouts and 3 assists in the outfield, making no errors. He led the DSL Mets in OBP that year. In 2010, he hit .250/.408/.387 in a repeat stint with the DSL Mets, with 43 walks and 75 strikeouts in 69 games. He tied Yeicok Calderon for 7th in the Dominican Summer League in walks, was third in strikeouts and again led his club in OBP. He fell to .179/.327/.205 with 15 K in 39 at-bats for the 2011 GCL Mets and was released the next spring.
Returning to Belgium, he hit .348/.483/.543 with 18 runs in 13 games for the Pioniers and was 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA on the mound. In the 2012 European Championship, he went 7 for 19 with 3 doubles, 4 runs and 3 RBI as the Belgian right fielder, leading the team in slugging and second to Hans Heyrman in OPS. He also went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA, walking five in six innings; he got Belgium's first win (over Great Britain) and took a loss against the Czech national team. In the 9th/10th place game, he scored the winning run in the 4th against Croatia, doubling off Jadran Dadic and coming around on an error by Chris Beck.
For 2013, De Wolf moved to Germany's Bundesliga, first for the Tübingen Hawks and then for the Stuttgart Reds. Now pitching mostly, he hit .333/.407/.333 while going 5-3 with a 2.40 ERA and 62 whiffs in 60 innings. He finished among the southern Bundesliga-1 leaders in ERA (7th), wins (8th), WHIP (6th) and opponent average (.186, 2nd to Mike Bolsenbroek). The next year, he was 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA and batted .342/.524/.776 with 8 homers, 22 runs, 24 RBI and 25 walks in 25 games. He led the league in home runs, was 9th in RBI, third in walks (behind Shawn Larry and Kevin Kotowski, ranked second to Joseph Dyche in slugging, was third in OBP after Larry and Dyche, was 6th in ERA, 10th in strikeouts (56) and 5th in WHIP (1.17) in a two-way sensational year. He then starred for Belgium in the 2014 European Championship, tossing a six-inning rain-shortened no-hitter against Sweden and adding two runs and two RBI.