Former Minor League Outfielder Allen Thomas gave the world current Minor League outfielder Alek Thomas, and in so doing, may have given the Diamondbacks their next superstar. The Chicago high school star was set to attend Texas Christian University until the Diamondbacks selected him in the 2nd round of the 2018 MLB Player Draft and gave him a generous $1.2MM for the talent he showed. He continued to show that talent in his first year or organised baseball as he made it to Advanced A Visalia at the ripe age of 19. But that was not all, he also received a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game nod. 2020 had Thomas at the Alternate site like fellow prospect Corbin Carroll and in 2021 he blew through AA and closed the season in AAA Reno. But, that was not all, as he represented the Diamondbacks organization for a second time in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
When scouts rave about Thomas they use such baseball phrases as outstanding instincts and strong baseball acumen. Those two things along with his plus speed and left-handed line-drive contact will see him in the majors sooner rather than later. He currently is considered a center fielder, but I personally would like to see him move to left as the future replacement to the Freight Train with Dalton Varsho in center. One downfall of Thomas is that he does not have a strong throwing arm, but that should only limit him to center and left and will keep him having the tag placed on him of being able to play "any outfield position."
The future is bright for the Arizona Diamondbacks. It is one thing when someone with the Diamondbacks raves about players in their own farm system. But, when other people agree with them, and publish their findings for MLB.com it just confirms everything. I should also mention that the Dbacks did have one other player in the top 100 baseball prospects article as LHP Blake Walston snuck in at #99. The major league team may have had a down year but the farm system is on the upswing.