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Clete Thomas | Outfielder

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/14/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Phillies signed OF Clete Thomas to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Thomas batted just .214/.290/.307 this past season for the Twins. He has extensive big league experience, though, and might have a shot at an Opening Day bench job. Fri, Nov 15, 2013 10:44:00 AM

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Twins sent OF Clete Thomas outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Thomas had his moments this year, but the 29-year-old finished with an ugly .214/.290/.307 line. He'll serve as organizational depth.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 07:07:00 PM

Clete Thomas went 0-for-3 on Wednesday, extending his streak of games without an RBI to 44.

Thomas has gone 131 at-bats since he last drove in a run on July 28. Of course, he's not really paid to drive in runs, but given that he has a .291 OBP and he's 1-for-4 stealing bases, we're have a hard time telling exactly what it is he's being paid for.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 05:17:00 PM

Clete Thomas went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Indians on Monday.

Thomas has hit .175 with no RBI and 17 strikeouts in 40 at-bats this month. He's hit .179 with one homer and six RBI in 117 at-bats since the beginning of July. He's the Twins' starting center fielder anyway, but he's a big liability.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:51:00 PM

Clete Thomas homered, singled in a run and robbed Chris Iannetta of a three-run homer Monday in the victory over the Angels.

Thomas was at least as the deserving of the win as Samuel Deduno tonight. In truth, he's a liability as a starting corner outfielder, which is how the Twins have been treating him with Aaron Hicks back in the lineup. But he sure did excel in this one. He's currently hitting .236/.309/.374 with four homers and 11 RBI in 123 at-bats.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 01:47:00 AM

Clete Thomas smacked a solo homer, his second of the season, in Friday's loss to the Royals.

Thomas finished the night 2-for-5 with the fifth inning blast off James Shields. He's done a fairly nice job filling in for the injured Aaron Hicks, hitting .271/.338/.414 with a pair of homers and five RBI in 20 games.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:39:00 PM

Clete Thomas went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Twins rallied to beat the Phillies 4-3 on Wednesday.

You read that correctly. The reserve, who was just 1-for-13 in the five games since being recalled entering Wednesday, doubled twice and scored the winning run in the eighth inning. He was hitting .296/.385/.576 with nine home runs for the Twins' Triple-A affiliate before being recalled, so it's not as though he's incapable of producing, but nights like Wednesday come few and far between for the 29-year-old these days.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 12:12:00 AM

Twins purchased the contract of OF Clete Thomas from Triple-A Rochester.

Thomas has spent all season with the Twins' Triple-A affiliate and was batting .296/.385/.576 with nine home runs over 36 games. The 29-year-old will provide depth at all three outfield spots.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 11:43:00 AM

Twins re-signed OF Clete Thomas to a minor league contract.

Thomas made the Tigers' Opening Day roster last season, but struggled mightily with the Twins after being claimed off waivers. The 29-year-old outfielder will likely serve as veteran insurance in the minors.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 10:01:00 PM

Twins sent OF Clete Thomas outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Thomas was designated for assignment Friday but has cleared waivers and will remain with the organization. Given his woeful performance with the Twins, it's unlikely we'll see him again anytime soon.
Sun, May 6, 2012 01:40:00 PM

Twins designated OF Clete Thomas for assignment.

He takes the spot of Erik Komatsu, who was claimed off waivers. Thomas batted just .143/.172/.286 with 16 strikeouts in 28 at-bats in his time in Minnesota.
Fri, May 4, 2012 02:22:00 PM

Clete Thomas will make his Twins debut in right field Sunday.

Thomas was claimed off waivers from the Tigers Saturday and will likely be used in a platoon with Trevor Plouffe. Ryan Doumit also figures to be in the mix in right field.
Sun, Apr 15, 2012 12:02:00 PM

Twins claimed OF Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers.

Thomas was designated for assignment Wednesday after failing to get an at-bat in three games with Detroit. He'll likely serve as outfield depth with the Twins, and provide veteran insurance behind Denard Span and Josh Willingham.
Sat, Apr 14, 2012 01:13:00 PM

Tigers designated OF Clete Thomas for assignment.

The 28-year-old outfielder did not get an at-bat in five games with the Tigers. Thomas seems likely to pass through waivers and accept an organizational depth role at Triple-A Toledo.
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 04:08:00 PM

Clete Thomas went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and a walk Sunday in the Tigers' 11-7 defeat of the Nationals.

Thomas, who has remained on the Tigers' 40-man roster even though he hasn't seen time with the team since 2009, is trying to overtake Andy Dirks for a roster spot. Thomas is the better outfielder and he might be able to post the higher OBP of the two, but Dirks, who went 2-for-2 today and is hitting .429 this spring, still seems to rate the edge right now. Thomas is hitting .281 in 32 at-bats.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 04:57:00 PM

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