Three years ago when Oklahoma’s Cody Thomas was trying to determine whether football or baseball was the best course for him in college and perhaps turning pro to play baseball, the MLB Draft told the story when he was selected in the 30th round.
A two-sport star at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage, he was definitely going to college to try football. Three years later, a change in sports later, and Thomas went from a 30th round pick in 2013 to a 13th-round selection this time around.
Thomas was picked with the 401st overall pick of the MLB Draft on Saturday morning by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Midway through the season, it didn’t look like Thomas was even going to sniff getting drafted. But with the way he performed during the Big 12 conference portion of the schedule, he made himself a wanted commodity once again.
In 15 games, Thomas hit 17 of 40 (.425) with three home runs and 13 RBIs with a team-high slugging percentage of .750.
For the season, Thomas hit .299 with six home runs and 27 RBIs, averaging a home run in every 20 at-bats. He also had eight doubles with a .556 slugging percentage playing in 40 games and starting in 29 of them.
Thomas elected at the end of the 2015 OU football season to give baseball another shot. With full support from Bob Stoops and Pete Hughes, Thomas was able to make as smooth a transition as possible for the spot he was in.
Thomas started three games at quarterback for OU in the 2014 season as a redshirt freshman and ended the 2015 season as the backup to Baker Mayfield. Perhaps knowing Mayfield wasn’t going to leave the program, Thomas decided his best option going forward would be baseball.
It was a gamble, for sure. But with the way everything turned out during the final two months of the season and culminating with Saturday’s selection, it was a risk that paid off.
There is a local flavor to the selection as well. Because he was picked by the Dodgers, it’s very possible he’ll see Oklahoma fans once again. The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate? Yep, Oklahoma City.