01/16/2015 - Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Thomas continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Defensive abilities is where he has improved the most, now displaying outstanding abilities. He utilizes his quick/aggressive feet as he moves well laterally, displaying range as he covers a ton of ground. He displays smooth / clean actions with hands / feet working well together through the fielding process, showing big play potential. Throws display accuracy and on line carry through a loose arm action as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup. Hands are quick and through a short / direct path. He works to stay inside the baseball, utilizing all fields and makes consistent hard contact.
10/26/2014 - National Tryout - Stillwater (Minneapolis), MN
EJ performed consistently at his latest Baseball Factory outing. Offensively, he had good balance to hit and got his hands activated to launch. He was on-time consistently and was direct with his hands down to contact generating excellent bat speed. He was accurate with the barrel and with more strength will begin to drive the ball to all fields. Defensively, his feet were active in his pre-pitch and he took the proper angles moving efficiently and with good body control to the ball. He was sure with the glove and had a clean exchange to throw. His actions were solid, and with greater arm strength his game will improve all the more. Overall - Thomas is a sound prospect that has his senior season to add strength as he preps for the next level.
07/29/2014 - Under Armour Southwest Championships, powered by Baseball Factory's Team One
Eric continues to show as a 2B with solid abilities. Defensively, he is a sound defender with hands / feet working well through the fielding process. Feet are active / aggressive as he attacks balls, displaying clean hands. Throws are accurate, flashing carry as he works to get rid of the baseball quickly but will benefit by building more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup with balance. Hands are quick and works through a level swing path. He makes consistent contact, mainly to the pull side. Hitting grades will continue to improve as he works to stay inside the ball to utilize all fields. Power numbers will continue to improve as he learns to use his lower half more. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable, he works hard to be the best player he can be, and is very smart on and off the baseball field.
07/09/2014 - College PREP - Minneapolis, MN
Eric continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a solid 7.37 runner. He utilizes his quick / athletic feet well in his lateral movements as he moves well side to side, displaying range in the MIF. Actions are smooth / clean with hands feet working well together as he displays well above average defensive abilities and shows big play potential. At the plate, he has strength in his swing with the baseball jumping off the bat when centered. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed to and through a level swing path, creating extension. Power numbers will continue to improve as he learns to use his lower half more efficiently through the swing.
02/16/2014 - National Tryout - Monticello, IA
Eric showed increased ability in almost every aspect of his game, in his latest Baseball Factory outing. Offensively, he was direct with the barrel and flashed solid bat speed and pop. He got himself to a strong hitting position, on-time and was coordinated with his hands and hips to deliver the barrel to contact. Defensively, the second basemen made plays with sure hands and used his feet to throw. Overall - Eric is a promising junior that projects well at 2B at the next level.
12/20/2013 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Pirate City
Eric is a great competitor who has a willingness to learn and improve. Defensively at 2B, he shows good prep and works into a square fielding position. He gets around the ball and has a clean exchange. Although a 2B, he is versatile enough to play anywhere on the diamond. Loosening up his actions will allow for his defensive abilities to improve. At the plate, this right handed swinger shows good rhythm with a solid base. He gets back into a loaded position and delivers the barrel on a level path. He got on base and isn't afraid to steal the extra bag. Thomas also got onto the mound and threw a few innings. FB tops out at 78 mph and shows some tail. He uses his big frame to work downhill and in-line toward the dish. All-in-all, Eric is a hard worker who still has a year to develop and fine-tune his skills.