Arizona Diamondbacks option OF Alek Thomas to Triple-A Reno

Sep 26, 2022, 1:16 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas, left, greets Alek Thomas, right, after they scored against the Sa...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas, left, greets Alek Thomas, right, after they scored against the San Francisco Giants the during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday Sept. 24, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday that rookie outfielder Alek Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Reno.

The corresponding roster move with Thomas heading to the minors was the team activating outfielder Jake McCarthy from the bereavement list.

Thomas blossomed at the MLB level defensively, registering seven defensive runs saved over 907.1 innings in center field. However, he struggled to keep up the hot offensive start that began his major league career.

While his seven defensive runs saved tied for sixth among all center fielders, he hit just .231 with a .619 OPS in 411 plate appearances. Since May 22, he’s hit .218 with a .571 OPS. Thomas is now 1-for-31 dating back to Sept. 10.

With McCarthy returning from the bereavement list, opportunities for Thomas to get consistent playing time might’ve dwindled. Especially in an outfield full of young talent, as Corbin Carroll, Daulton Varsho and Stone Garrett have all impressed.

The decision to option Thomas may be performance-based, but there’s also an abundance of left-handed bats in the D-backs outfield. At full health, they deploy Thomas, McCarthy, Carroll and Varsho — four lefties. Traditionally, teams rotate one right-handed outfield bat to platoon with a lefty. However, Thomas’ defense is great, McCarthy hits lefties at a .293 clip and Carroll is the team’s top prospect.

That’s not even including Varsho, who is tied for the team-lead in FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, as well as second in home runs and RBIs.

With eight games left in the 2022 season, the D-backs (71-83) look to finish on a high note. While a .500 record is out of reach, there’s still a chance to finish third in the NL West.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners at bat during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Ange...
Jordan Leandre

New Diamondbacks OF Kyle Lewis: Willing to do whatever to help

Outfielder Kyle Lewis believes this Arizona Diamondbacks team has the talent to put together a memorable 2023 season.
1 day ago
Ali Sanchez #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a double in the seventh inning of the Spring Traini...
Wills Rice

Diamondbacks make 3 moves official prior to Sunday’s Winter Meetings

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced three separate moves on Friday as rumors have swirled prior to the start of Winter Meetings on Sunday.
2 days ago
New York Yankees relief pitcher Miguel Castro (30) works on the mound during the eighth inning in G...
Jordan Leandre

Arizona Diamondbacks sign reliever Miguel Castro to 1-year deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent right-handed reliever Miguel Castro, the team announced on Friday.
2 days ago
Kansas City Royals' Drew Waters (6) slides out at second as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right...
Jordan Leandre

Report: Arizona Diamondbacks have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in free agent All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
4 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy follows the flight of his RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relie...
Jordan Leandre

Diamondbacks potential trade packages involving OF surplus

The Arizona Diamondbacks have holes on the roster while also boasting an outfield surplus. Here are three possible packages to address both.
8 days ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shouts to his team from the bench during the first half of an N...
Jordan Leandre

Arizona Sports Thanksgiving: 5 things fans can be thankful for

Arizona sports faced a lot of unexpected events in 2022. However, here are five things fans can be thankful for this holiday season.
11 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks option OF Alek Thomas to Triple-A Reno