A’s minor-leaguer Thomas dies unexpectedly at 24
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.