Mount Carmel Sensation Could Make Splash in MLB Draft

Thomas is a top 70 prospect in Baseball America and MLB Pipeline's rankings

Mount Carmel baseball sensation Alek Thomas has a highlight reel a mile long and a full ride scholarship to TCU, but he may never play a single game for the Horned Frogs.

That’s because Thomas, an outfielder by trade, is one of the top prospects going into next month’s MLB Draft.

“It’s an exciting time for me and my family,” he said. “It’s getting down to crunch time right now, and hopefully I just keep my mind right and everything will work itself out.”

Thomas is the 67th-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and Baseball America has him ranked 60th.  

Thomas was just a freshman when he got the call to join Mount Carmel’s varsity baseball team, and it took him just one play to immediately make a new impression on his coach.

“The batter hit a ball down the left field line, and he absolutely out ran it, got his glove on it, smashed into the fence, and the ball hit off his glove and went over,” coach Brian Hurry said. “All of the coaches were like ‘how did he even get a glove on that ball?’ It was obvious he belonged on the varsity team.”

To Thomas, the play wasn’t a big deal despite the impression it made on his coaches.

“I was supposed to make that play. For me, it was a normal thing, and that’s just how I play,” he said.

The baseball diamond isn’t the only place where Thomas has made a name for himself. He’s also so good at football, playing wide receiver at Mount Carmel, that he’s planning to play football at TCU as well.

“The joke is for the Most Athletic Award for the yearbook, we don’t want to vote for him, because it’s so obvious he’d win unanimously,” classmate Zac Styka said.

Thomas has plenty of experience with the rigors of baseball stardom, as his dad Allen is the White Sox Director of Strength and Conditioning.

“I grew up in the major league clubhouse and I’ve seen guys come through and have always said that I want to be like one of these stars and play on a professional team,” he said.

He may very well get that chance, with the MLB Draft slated for June 4. 

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