Tuesday officially ended his time at Oklahoma, and Cody Thomas has done what he set out to do back when he signed with the Sooners in February 2013.
Thomas was a ridiculous two-sport star at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage as an outfielder and quarterback. He was a clear-cut four-star quarterback and a rising prospect on the diamond as an outfielder.
Baseball insiders always said if Thomas chose to be a pitcher, it’s possible he would have been a name to circle heading into the 2013 MLB Draft. But Thomas was adamant that he wasn’t going to be a pitcher, and his fate was sealed by being selected in the 30th round of the draft with the New York Yankees.
Thomas chose football and eventually started three games at quarterback as a redshirt freshman after an injury to Trevor Knight. Following the arrival of transfer quarterback Baker Mayfield and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, it became readily apparent that it was going to be an uphill battle on the gridiron.
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.
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.
It was a gamble, for sure. But with the way everything turned out during the final two months of the season and when he was picked in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks ago, it was a risk that paid off.
And following the signing with the Dodgers on Tuesday for a reported $300,000 signing bonus, mission accomplished for Thomas.