Thomas turned into a starter

Ian Thomas looked like a relief pitching star in Atlanta’s farm system about a month ago. A left-handed reliever who began the 2012 season with the Revs, ranked Thomas the No. 20 prospect in its organization this season.

But he has since switched roles.

The reliever became a starter for the Double-A Mississippi Braves about a month ago. A shutdown reliever with three pitches — including a change-up and curveball — he has earned mixed marks as he adjusts to his new role in the rotation. (Here are the game-by-game stats for Thomas this season.)

Thomas earned his first win as a starter on July 12, allowing two hits in six shutout innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. Control has been an issue in his starts, something that wasn’t a concern as a reliever. For instance, of the 29 walks he has issued this season 16 have come during five of his six starts.

About Jim Seip

Jim Seip wore a cookie monster costume to help close out the Spectrum on Oct. 31, 2009.
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