Former University of Hawaii pitcher Dylan Thomas today signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Thomas and his father confirmed the signing in texts to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The complete details have not been revealed but Thomas said he received a $100,000 signing bonus. Todd Thomas said his son is expected to be assigned to the Appalachian League team in Tennessee.
Thomas was the Twins’ 13th-round selection in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
A year earlier, the Twins picked Thomas in the 38th round. But they could not reach agreement on a signing bonus, and Thomas opted to return to UH as a fourth-year junior. This season, Thomas compiled a team-best 2.01 earned-run average (1.14 against Big West opponents). In three UH seasons, Thomas had a 1.96 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He averaged 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. With 22 walks in 115 innings, his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 5.5-to-1. Those statistics and Thomas’ flexibility as a starter and closer helped elevate his draft position this year.