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Brad Thomas

Brad Thomas - LHP
Sydney, NSW
Debut: 26 May 2001
Final Game: 10 May 2011
Teams played for: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB), Hanwha Eagles (KBO), Brother Elephants (CPBL)

Sydneysider Brad Thomas's ten-year baseball career took him to four different countries playing professional ball, a feat that makes the lefty in a league of his own as an international journeyman.

Thomas originally signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1995 but was released by the club two years later because of visa issues. The Minnesota Twins snatched up the lefty hurler, and he debuted with them three years later, pitching 1-2/3 innings against the Oakland Athletics on 26 May and earning his first career save in the process. He bobbed back and forth between the Majors and Minors in his seven years with the Twins, appearing in just 11 MLB games.

Minnesota traded Thomas to the Boston Red Sox in 2004, and he spent his entire time in the organization with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Thomas left MLB from 2005-06, signing with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's highest ranks, Nippon Professional Baseball. He dominated as a reliever for the Fighters, who won both the 2006 Japan Series and the 2006 Asia Series. After spending 2007 back in the US in the Seattle Mariners' organization, Thomas returned to Asia for a two-year stint with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. He shined once again as the closer for the Eagles, Sydney Blue Sox legend Dae-Sung Koo's team, pitching well enough to attract the attention of MLB scouts once again.

Thomas's final stint in the Majors was his best. In 2010, he appeared in 49 games for the Detroit Tigers, posting a 6-2 record and 3.89 ERA as a reliable member of the Tigers' bullpen. Unfortunately, the southpaw battled through several recurring arm injuries in 2011 and was not re-signed by the Tigers at the end of the season.

Thomas turned east for a third time, signing with the Brother Elephants of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2012. Thomas also played for Team Australia in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics and saw action with the Blue Sox from 2011-13.

View Brad Thomas's career statistics from Baseball Reference