TULSA, Okla. - A two-sport Sooner, just a few years ago Cody Thomas was battling it out for the quarterback job against Baker Mayfield and Trevor Knight between hitting bombs for OU baseball. The outfielder ultimately traded in football for baseball and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016.
“That last semester when I was in college it just seemed like the right thing,” Thomas said. “It just sort of took off.”
But Thomas never imagined then he'd be back here in Tulsa, back at ONEOK Field.
“At that point, I was still thinking about football probably. Definitely not here for minor league baseball.”
Now he’s in double-A and an outfielder on the Drillers roster to start the 2019 season. Even though Thomas is not from the Sooner state, the new Driller says it feels like he’s back at home.
“Being back here in Oklahoma I can already feel the energy. I've had a lot of fans reach out from OU and stuff like that. So, it's been great so far.”
But fans aren't the only one excited to see Thomas in action. Drillers manager, Scott Hennessey, says he's a player to watch not just because of his OU connection.
“A lot of upside. He has power to all fields. He can defend, and he can run. His leadership skills are just amazing. And I am looking forward to a big season from him,” Hennessey said.
You won’t want to miss your chance to see the former Sooner and rising star while he's still here at ONEOK Field. He might not be here long.
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