Hitting .310 with 38 runs, 21 extra-base hits (12 doubles, four triples, five HRs) and 24 RBIs, outfielder Alek Thomas of the Kane County Cougars has enjoyed a simply stellar first half of the season with the Arizona Diamondbacks' Low-A affiliate.
Thomas this week was named to the Midwest League All-Star Game and will start for the Western Division in the contest on June 18 in South Bend, Ind.
For as good as his whole last three months have been, Thomas, who grew up in Morganton and played prep ball in the Chicago area, has been ever better lately.
He rides a 12-game hitting streak through Wednesday, a stretch he started with a four-hit game on May 22. He has two or more hits in six of those last 12 games and has doubled in four straight games and seven of his last eight.
This is Thomas’ first year in Low-A. He was selected in the second round of the 2018 MLB first-year player draft and chose pro baseball over a double scholarship offer from TCU to play football and baseball.
He is the son of Allen Thomas, the White Sox' trainer who is a 1992 Freedom High School graduate.