A’s mi­nor-lea­guer Thomas dies un­ex­pect­edly at 24

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

PHOENIX — Oak­land Athletics 2016 draft pick Casey Thomas has died. He was 24. The A’s said Tues­day that Thomas died un­ex­pect­edly in Phoenix. Ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Billy Beane says the or­ga­ni­za­tion was dev­as­tated by the news and called Thomas a “won­der­ful young man and team­mate.” Thomas was the son of A’s pro scout Tom Thomas. This is the sec­ond death of an A’s mi­nor-lea­guer in as many years. Triple-A pitcher Sean Mur­phy died April 25, 2016, from a heart-mus­cle dis­ease. Thomas was a 34th-round draft pick last year. He bat­ted .258 with 18 RBIs in 37 games last year in rookie ball in the Ari­zona League.

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