Grandson of Walter "Bancy" Thomas, who played in the Negro Leagues and was teammates with Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige in 1945 with the Kansas City Monarchs...Attended the University of Florida where he studied civil engineering...Originally drafted in the 38th round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners (did not sign)...By the Orioles from the Oakland Athletics in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 13, 2018.
Reinstated from the 60-day Injured List (left wrist fracture) on 8/2 and appeared in 37 games for the O’s across two stints with the big league club...Appeared in the game on 8/3 at NYY as a defensive replacement at shortstop, his first MLB game since 9/29/19; missed the 2020 season after being placed on the 60-day Injured List (right wrist fracture) on 7/13/20...Hit safely in 11 of 18 games with an at-bat after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on 9/9, his second stint with the O’s; had two multi-hit efforts and hit .241 (13-for-54) in this stretch...Hit his first home run of the year on 8/13 at BOS, his first since 9/28/19, also at Fenway Park...His home run on 8/13 at BOS had an exit velocity of 93.0 MPH and traveled just 320 feet for an xBA of .170, landing inside the Pesky Pole; according to Statcast, it was one of only four over-the-fence home runs of less than 325 feet this season and would not have been a home run in any other Major League ballpark besides Fenway Park...Hit safely in a career-high-tying four games (8/12-16), done three times prior (last: 9/16-29/19)...Slashed .382/.417/.382 (13-for-34) in 11 day games compared to .156/.191/.234 (10-for-64) in 26 night games...Slashed .160/.219/.273 (30-for-187) with 11 XBH (4 HR, 5-2B, 2-3B) in his first 72 career games; hit .268/.304/.351 (52-for-194) with nine XBH (3 HR, 5-2B, 3B) in 85 games since...His 29.4 ft/sec Sprint Speed ranked in the top three percent of MLB, according to Statcast.
Fractured his right wrist during Summer Camp and was placed on the 60-day IL on 7/14 and missed the 2020 season...Participated in his second-straight Spring Training with the Orioles, appearing in 11 games and hitting .286 (8-for-28) with four extra-base hits and seven RBI.
Spent the entire season on the Major League roster after being selected first overall in the Rule 5 Draft...Made his Major League debut on Opening Day 3/28 at NYY; starting at SS and hitting 9th...His 89 starts at shortstop were the third-most by a rookie in Orioles history (Cal Ripken, Jr. - 91 in 1982 and Ron Hansen - 149 in 1960)..Hit a season-high .379/.400/.655 (11-for-29) in 17 games in September; eight of his 23 RBI during the season came in September...Batted .284 (29-for-102) in 51 games in the second half, compared to hitting .166 (30-for- 181) in 69 games in the first half...Recorded a career-high three hits on 4/8 vs. OAK; also scored a career-high three runs • Collected his first Major League hit on 3/30 at NYY with a single in the sixth inning; also stole his first career base (third base in the sixth inning)...Recorded his first career RBI on 4/18 at TB; recorded his first multi-RBI game on 6/8 at HOU...Hit his first career home run on 5/22 vs. NYY off of CC Sabathia...Hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on 6/5 at TEX; his first career home run against right-handed pitching (Shawn Kelley).
Named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star...Named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star while with Double-A Midland...Named the Texas League Player of the Week on 8/26: .400 (8-for-20), 1-2B, 1-3B, 2 HR, 6 R, 5 RBI, 6 G...Ranked third in the Texas League in hitting (.300)...His eight triples were tied with teammate Eli White for the most in the Texas League...Set career-highs in games (118), runs (68), hits (136), total bases (199), doubles (29), triples (8), walks (44), and steals (25)...Hit .379 (39-for-103) with 12 doubles, two triples, a home run, and 10 RBI in 27 games in May...Hit a combined .343 (36-for-105) with five doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 13 RBI in 28 games in August and September...Had a season-high 11-game hitting streak from 5/22-6/2...Recorded his first career multi-home run game on 8/23 at Corpus Christi...Stole three bases in a game twice (5/30 vs. Arkansas and 7/16 at San Antonio)...Hit safely in 11 consecutive home games from 7/20-8/14, batting .283 (13-for-46) with a double, 10 runs, and two RBI...Hit safely in nine-straight road games from 5/11-27, batting .472 (17-for-36), with five doubles, a triple, home run, and three RBI... Reached base safely in 13 consecutive road games from 5/6-27, hitting .400 (20-for-50), with eight doubles, a triple, home run, seven runs, and three RBI.
A non-roster invitee to Spring Training...Split the season between the Double-A Midland RockHounds and Class A-Advanced Stockton Ports, starting the season playing in 86 games for the RockHounds and playing his final 23 games with the Ports...Led Midland in hit by pitches (11)...Placed on the disabled list twice during the season...Finished the season hitting safely in 12 of his final 13 games, batting .370 (20-for-54) during this stretch...Hit .277 (36-for-130) in 39 home games with Midland, compared to hitting .179 (28-for-156) in 47 away games...Hit .321 (18-for-56) in 13 road games with Stockton, compared to hitting .184 (7-for-38) in 10 home games.
Spent most of his second professional season at Single-A Stockton where he batted .230 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games…was promoted to Double-A Midland in September and went 5-for-15 (.333) with seven RBI in five regular season games with the RockHounds…combined to hit .235 in 91 games overall…was hit by a pitch 10 times and drew 39 walks for a .327 on-base percentage…stole 14 bases, which tied for eighth in the A's farm system…his .230 batting average at Stockton was fourth lowest in the California League…missed the first six weeks of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus on his left knee…hit .251 (63-for-251) with all three of his home runs against right-handed pitching compared to .192 (30-for-156) against left-handers…batted just .196 in 40 games at home with Stockton and went 0-for-3 in his lone home game with Midland…all three of his home runs came on the road…two came with runners on base…hit .211 with runners in scoring position at Stockton but went 5-for-6 (.833) in that situation with Midland for a .256 average with RISP overall…appeared exclusively at shortstop on defense where he played in 87 games and made 86 starts…committed 19 errors for a .948 fielding percentage…also went 2-for-12 (.167) in four games at designated hitter, all with Stockton… hit in every spot in the order except third through fifth and saw his most action with 31 games batting second…also hit .279 with a .362 on-base percentage in 27 games batting leadoff…was rated as the A's No. 9 prospect by Baseball America following the season.