Lane Thomas
Thomas with the Memphis Redbirds in 2019
Washington Nationals – No. 28
Born: (1995-08-23) August 23, 1995 (age 26)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 2019, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Batting average.230
Home runs12
Runs batted in42

Lane Michael Thomas (born August 23, 1995) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Amateur career

Thomas attended Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.[1] As a sophomore, he committed to play college baseball at the University of Tennessee.[2] In 2014, as a senior, he batted .410 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs.[3] Following his senior year, he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[4]

Professional career

Toronto Blue Jays organization

Thomas signed with the Blue Jays for $750,000, forgoing his college commitment.[5]

Thomas made his professional debut that same year with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays before being reassigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays. In 52 games between the two clubs, he batted .281 with one home run and 19 RBIs. In 2015, he played for both the Vancouver Canadians[6] and the Lansing Lugnuts, hitting a combined .206 with five home runs and 35 RBIs in 52 total games. He spent 2016 with Lansing where he compiled a .216 batting average with seven home runs, 27 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases in 81 games.[7] He began 2017 with the Dunedin Blue Jays.[8]

St. Louis Cardinals

On July 2, 2017, Toronto traded Thomas to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for international signing bonus cap space.[9] St. Louis assigned him to the Palm Beach Cardinals, but he played in only nine games due to injury. In 82 total games between Dunedin and Palm Beach, he hit .252 with four home runs and 41 RBIs. Thomas began the 2018 season with the Springfield Cardinals where he was named a Texas League All-Star.[10] He was promoted to the Memphis Redbirds in late July[11] and finished the season there, helping the Redbirds win the 2018 Triple-A National Championship Game.[12] In 132 games between Springfield and Memphis, Thomas slashed .264/.333/.489 with 27 home runs, 88 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases.[13] He was assigned to play for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League after the season.[14]

The Cardinals added Thomas to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[15] He returned to Memphis to begin 2019.[16] On April 17, he was recalled to the major leagues for the first time[17] and he made his major league debut that same day at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers.[18] On April 19, against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium, he hit a home run in his first major league at bat. On August 11, Thomas hit his first ever major league grand slam.[19] On August 30, he was placed on the 10-day injured list after being hit in his right wrist.[20] On September 1, he was transferred to the 60-day injured list, effectively ending his season.[21] Over 44 plate appearances with St. Louis, he hit .316 with four home runs.[22]

Thomas began the 2020 season with St. Louis. On August 9, it was announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.[23] He returned to play in October, and ended the season batting .111 with one home run over 18 games. In 2021, Thomas did not make the Opening Day roster.[24]

Washington Nationals

On July 30, 2021, Thomas was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Jon Lester.[25] Thomas was called up in August 2021 and soon became the Nationals' everyday center fielder, supplanting Victor Robles.[26][27]


Thomas co-owns Knox Cabinet Co., a home remodeling business, with his sister alongside another co-owner.[28]

See also


  1. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals: Lane Thomas' journey from NHRA to baseball". August 23, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Blackerby, Mike (August 25, 2012). "Bearden's Lane Thomas commits to play at Tennessee". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bearden's Thomas named 1st Team HS baseball All-American | USA TODAY High School Sports". June 25, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Vols signee Lane Thomas drafted by Toronto Blue Jays". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Steve Adams (June 10, 2014). "Blue Jays Sign Fifth-Rounder Thomas Above Slot". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Charlie Caskey Updated: September 4, 2015 (September 4, 2015). "Vancouver Canadians Fall Short in Their Strive for Six". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lane Thomas Improving All-Around". JaysProspects. January 5, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Thomas leads Dunedin past Bradenton in FSL | Bradenton Herald". June 27, 2017. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  9. ^ lane thomas traded to cardinals
  10. ^ "Lane Thomas Honored by All-Star Nod". June 22, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals: Lane Thomas promoted to Memphis". Redbird Rants. 2018-07-29. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  12. ^ Rosenbaum, Mike (May 24, 2018). "Memphis Redbirds win Triple-A Championship". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lane Thomas Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Roster : Surprise Saguaros". Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Added to 40-man roster". CBS Sports. November 20, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  16. ^ John, Andrew St (2019-04-04). "Depth and the Memphis Juggernaut". Viva El Birdos. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  17. ^ Hummel, Rick (April 17, 2019). "Bader goes on IL with hamstring strain; Cards recall Thomas". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  18. ^ [1]Archived April 17, 2019, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Wilson, Mike. "Bearden grad Lane Thomas homers in first at-bat with St. Louis Cardinals". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  20. ^ "Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Out with fractured wrist". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  21. ^ "Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Moves to 60-day IL". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  22. ^ Aug 30, FOX Sports; ET, 2019 at 6:44p (2019-08-30). "Thomas hits IL with fractured wrist, O'Neill recalled from minors". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  23. ^ "Bad news keeps coming for Cardinals: Another positive test, another series postponed".
  24. ^ "Cardinals finalize 2021 Opening Day roster".
  25. ^ Silver, Zachary (July 30, 2021). "Cards add veteran arms Lester, Happ".
  26. ^ Camerato, Jessica (August 25, 2021). "Martinez sticking with Thomas in CF for Nats". Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  27. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (September 1, 2021). "What's Robles' future with the Nationals now?". MASN Sports. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  28. ^ "Everything Knoxville | Downtown Knoxville | West Knoxville | Tellico Village | Knoxville Magazine - Introducing Knox Cabinet Co. | Everything Knoxville". October 2018.