Representing the first University of Hawai’i baseball player to receive the honor since 2011, redshirt sophomore closing pitcher Dylan Thomas has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Region second team, the organization announced on Wednesday.
With two years of available remaining eligibility and recently drafted in the 38th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, Thomas was the rock on the back end of games for Hawai’i in the 2018 season. A semifinalist for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, Thomas tied the UH single-season record with 14 saves in 18 opportunities – ranking 11th in the nation in the stat.
The Castaic, Calif. native rendered strikeouts against 43-of-135 batters faced, registering a 3-2 record and 1.85 ERA in 39 innings, while holding the opposition to .200 batting. In the process, he walked just four batters during the entire 2018 season.
In his two-year career with the Rainbow Warriors, he’s accrued 23 saves with a 4-2 record and 1.91 ERA, dealing out 63 strikeouts in 61.1 innings – versus just seven walks.
This summer, Thomas is competing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 9,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 75th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 3-6, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.
The previous All-Region recipients for Hawai’i in 2011 were Kolten Wong and Lenny Linsky.