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Brad Thomas

MLB Player information
NameBrad Thomas
PositionPitcher
BatsLeft
ThrowsLeft
MLB debutMay 26, 2001 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Win loss record6 2
Earned run average2.80
Strikeouts145
Teams
*Minnesota Twins (2001, 2003 2004) *Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (2005 2006) (NPB) *Hanwha Eagles (2008 2009) (KBO) *Detroit Tigers (2010 present)

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Bradley Richard Thomas (born October 22, 1977 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Minnesota Twins, in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and in the Korean Baseball Organization for the Hanwha Eagles. He bats and throws left-handed.

Thomas signed as an undrafted free agent in 1995 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers released him on May 9, 1997, due to visa issues with the government, and three days later, he signed with the Minnesota Twins. Thomas became the #1 pitching prospect with the Twins from 1998-2004. Thomas was a 4-time All-Star in the minor leagues and a World All-Star (2001 Futures Game).

Thomas played in the majors with the Twins between 2001 and 2004 appearing in 101 games. Thomas was traded to the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2004. In 2005, Thomas signed with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan. Thomas played for them from 2005-2006, appearing in 119 games as a relief pitcher. Compiling a 2.9 ERA over 2 seasons. Thomas was a member of the 2006 Japan Series and Asian Series Champions, Nippon Ham Fighters. Thomas holds the record for a 156 km/h (43.3 m/s) fastball from a left-hander in Japan.

Thomas signed with the Seattle Mariners for the 2007 season.

In 2008, Thomas signed with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korea Baseball Organization. During his two years in the KBO league, he had 44 saves with a 5-1 record and a 2.06 ERA as the closer for the Eagles. He owns the KBO single season (120 Games) record for Saves, with 33 in 2008.

Thomas signed a major league contract with the Detroit Tigers on December 7, 2009. He spent the entire 2010 season pitching out of the Tigers bullpen, compiling a 6-2 record with a 3.89 ERA in 69-1/3 innings. He made 2 spot starts for Detroit vs Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

In 2011, Thomas started the season 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA through 12 outings. He was placed on the 15 day disabled list on May 11, with left elbow inflammation. Thomas was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on July 15.

On July 25, 2011, Thomas was placed on the 60-day disabled list and removed from the 40-man roster.


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