J.J. Thomas

1995-1997
First Baseman/Outfielder
6-4, 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Marietta, Georgia (Wheeler)


Completed three seasons at Tech one home run shy of Jason Varitek's school record of 57 for a career...led ACC in home runs while earning second-team all-ACC honors in 1996...selected in 46th round of 1994 draft by Kansas City Royals....born Sept. 18, 1975 in Marietta, GA.

2001: Released by Houston during Spring Training.

2000: Returned to Kissimmee and hit career-high .274.

1999: Assigned to Class A Kissimmee....went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Florida State League debut 4/8 at Daytona....suffered through 1-for-26 (13 strikeout) slump over nine game stretch before breaking out with two hits, including a home run and four RBI 7/15 at St. Lucie....outburst began nine-game hitting streak (17-for-33, .515 average with four doubles, four homers and 12 RBI).

1998: promoted to Quad City (Midwest League)....homered in each game of doubleheader 6/9 vs. Appleton....hit safely in 12 straight games (16-for-40, five homers) June 7-19....homered twice 7/3 vs. Burlington....homered in three consecutive games July 18-20....hit for the cycle while matching career-high with five RBI 7/23 at South Bend....named team's Player of Month for July while hitting .284 (25-for-88) with eight homers and 23 RBI....exploded for two homers (21), a double and seven RBI in five at-bats during Quad City's 13-12 loss at Beloit 9/2....selected as designated hitter on the 1998 Midwest League post-season All-Star team....finished second among the Midwest League leaders in 1998 with a club-high 21 homers and posted a .494 slugging percentage to finish third.

1997: belted a pair of three-run homers in season opener 2/8 at Georgia Southern...named ACC Player of Week 2/17...picked up three hits in exhibition game against Atlanta Braves 2/27...snapped 11-game home run drought with blast against Virginia Tech 3/16...hit a home run in each of the three games with Maryland...broke 1-for-17 slump with grand slam 4/8 vs. Winthrop...homered in all three games of series at Duke...drove in game-winning run with two-out base-hit in bottom of the ninth vs. N.C. State 5/9...named first team all-ACC...reached 20 home run plateau with two-run shot vs. Tennessee Tech in opening game of NCAA Mideast Regional...added three-run homer to power Jackets past Southwestern Louisiana in second game of regional...capped off 1997 with solo shot in season-ending loss to Mississippi State...named to Mideast Regional's All-Tournament team going 7-for-17 with double, three homers and seven RBI in four games....Signed with Houston Astros after being selected in the 15th round of the 1997 draft...assigned to Auburn (N.Y.) of the New York-Penn League...hit first professional home run 6/19 vs. Jamestown. Also collected season-high five RBI in that game.

At Georgia Tech
         AVG.   GP-GS    AB   R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB-SBA 
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1995    .348    57-52   210  57   73  18   0  13   46  19  59   3-5
1996    .338    63-62   228  67   77  17   1  21   68  36  64   5-6
1997	.304    61-61   237  70   72  13   1  22   70  53  80   9-10
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CAREER  .329   181-175  675 194  222  48   2  56  184 108 203  17-21 


Professional Career
                  AVG    G   AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB
1997  Auburn     .265   66  211  29  56  15   0   3   31  30  72   4
1998  Quad City  .257  103  342  67  88  14   2  21   69  58 115   8
1999  Kissimmee  .232   87  284  36  66  15   0  16   44  20 109   0
2000  Kissimmee  .274  112  380  58 104  27   1  19   58  38 139   2