Alek Thomas, who spent the last six weeks of the season with the Reno Aces, was named the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Minor League Player of the Year on Friday.
The 21-year-old spent 72 games with Double-A Amarillo and 34 contests with Triple-A Reno in 2021, combining to set career highs in runs scored (86), hits (136), doubles (29), triples (12), home runs (18) and RBIs (59). Thomas also logged a .313/.394/.559 slash line in his 106 games in 2021.
During his 34-game stint with the Aces, the No. 3-ranked prospect in D-Backs’ system, according to MLB.com, put on a show. Thomas racked up 55 hits, 23 extra-base hits, 32 runs scored and 27 RBIs while slashing .369/.434/.658. Of his eight home runs in Triple-A, four have been to lead off the game.
On two occasions this season, Thomas has strung together back-to-back four-hit games, becoming the only player in professional baseball to record a pair of consecutive four-hit games in the same year. The D-Backs’ prospect joined Collin Cowgill (2011), Mike Freeman (2015), Zach Borenstein (2016), Ildemaro Vargas (2017) and Matt Lipka (2021) as the only players in franchise history to smack four base knocks in two straight games.
Thomas also became the sixth player in franchise history to hit a home run in four consecutive contests, matching Rusty Ryal (2009), Mike Jacobs (2013), Christian Walker (2018), Yasmany Tomas (2019) and Daulton Varsho (2021). Thomas was named one of ESPN's top-25 minor-league prospects on its most recent list.
We featured Thomas on Aces All-In earlier this month. You can read that full story and watch his entire interview here.