Coming off of an All-American sophomore campaign and a summer where he was named an MVP of the prestigious Cape Cod League, there was little doubting that pitcher Dylan Thomas would play a significant role in the success of the University of Hawaii baseball season.
This past weekend though, that was solidified in dramatic fashion.
After missing all of the opening series with a blister on his throwing hand, DT made his much anticipated debut over the weekend and was dominant.
Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, Thomas worked six innings of relief allowing just one run on three hits with 12-strikeouts. 9 of those K’s came in Sunday’s extra-innings thriller to earn a series split with Iowa.
It also appears that Number-23 provides much more than just dominance on the hill. The UH offense appeared to get a bump from Thomas on the bump. The Rainbows scored a third of their runs for the series in the six frames that the right-hander had the ball.
According to KHON2 Baseball Analyst and former UH pitcher Sam Spangler, Thomas has evolved over the course of the year, which is scary for opposing hitters.
“After 12 strikeout, 6-inning performance where Thomas only allowed five runners, people were like oh yeah, it’s just Dylan Thomas being Dylan Thomas right? Not exactly. This offseason in his move from an All-American reliever into a starting pitcher role, he added a change-up to his arsenal. That’s on top of his wicked slider and his really good fastball,” said Spangler.”I know because I did it when I transitioned from a closer as a redshirt sophomore into a starting pitcher, but it was difficult. Thomas is making this thing look like child’s play. He retired the last 12 Iowa hitters he faced on Sunday. That helped Hawaii stay in the game when they were down 7-1 to come back and win that thing and hopefully reverse their season.”
Thomas is anticipated to make his first start of the season this week. The Rainbow Warriors (3-5) will open a four game series against Longwood (3-4) on Friday at Les Murakami Stadium.