If your answer was “The hottest hitter in baseball at the moment” you would be correct. Thames was drafted by the Yankees in the 2007 June Amateur Draft, and then by the Blue Jays in the 7th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. He finally made it to the bigs in 2011 with the Blue Jays and played in 95 games. Thames managed to post a mediocre stat line of .262/.313/.456 that year. He played for another year, posting similar (if not slightly lower) numbers and then disappeared, moving over to the Korean leagues. This is where the story gets interesting.
By 2014 Thames had made his way over to Korea and started lighting up the competition. During his 3 years in the KBO he hit .348/.448/.719. He also managed no worse than 35 homers and 120 RBI in a season. Granted this is the Korean league, but that in an impressive stat line.
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Fast forward to 2017. The year has started, fantasy owners have their mythical lineups set. All the best players have already been pulled off of waivers, and free agency. And all of a sudden, Eric. Freakin. Thames. Through 47 at bats Thames is hitting a blistering .426/.491/1.000 with 7 home runs, and 12 RBIs. Did I mention that he homered in 5 straight games?
Moral of the story today folks, if someone hasn’t grabbed Eric Thames in your league yet, go get him. I don’t know what they fed him over in Korea, but it’s working.
Stats from baseball-reference.com