Bearden's Lane Thomas drafted to the Blue Jays

Bearden's Lane Thomas drafted to the Blue Jays

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By JILLIAN MAHEN
6 Sports Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE)- Bearden High School's Lane Thomas was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft on Friday afternoon.

Thomas was a University of Tennessee commit and planned to be a Vol unless a team offered him the right price.
The Blue Jays did just that, offering him more than his $343,000 slot value.

"I mean it's unbelievable," said Thomas. "[I] just kind of sat around waiting last night and I didn't really want to watch the whole [draft] because it takes forever, with a lot of time between picks. So, I just woke up today and kind of did what I would normally do- just hang out and wait around see if anything happened. So, it's very exciting."

Thomas leaves for Florida on Saturday for the Blue Jays mandatory physical.

In his senior season he had 18 home runs in 41 games with the Bulldogs. He finished his career at Bearden with an impressive .376 batting average, 44 doubles, nine triples, 36 home runs, 123 RBIs and 177 runs scored over the course of four seasons.

While he primarily played centerfield for the Bulldogs the Blue Jays have listed him at right field.

Thomas was also a part of the 2013 gold-medal winning USA U18 team at least year's World Cup in Taiwan.

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