Baseball Lands First 2009 Signee in Roswell High's Derrick Thomas
Nov. 12, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball program opened the 2008-09 signing period in a big way, inking Roswell High School outfielder Derrick Thomas to a National Letter of Intent, Tiger baseball head coach Daron Schoenrock announced today.
"We are thrilled that Derrick (Thomas) chose Memphis," said Schoenrock. "We expect him to provide power from a corner outfield spot. Derrick comes highly sought-after from a talent-rich Atlanta, Georgia area and has grown up competing at a high level against great competition."
Thomas, a four-year letterwinner on the baseball diamond, currently plays for head coach Mike Power at Roswell High. The two-time All-Area selection has posted a .347 batting average, a potent .670 slugging percentage, 43 stolen bases and 11 home runs in his prep career. He hit a blistering .420 with 22 RBI and four round-trippers en route to garnering All-Region and the team's Best Offensive honors as a sophomore. In addition, the 6-3 outfielder posted a .425 on base percentage to help the Hornets to a 16-10 record last year.
Thomas also excelled in summer ball as a member of Danny Pralgo's 6-4-3 DP Cougars Baseball Academy. He was tabbed as the No. 5 prospect at the Perfect Game Southeast Showcase and ranked as a top-40 outfield prospect in the 2009 class by Perfect Game.
In three years on Pralgo's 6-4-3 squads, Thomas racked up a .431 batting average, a 721 slugging percentage, a .521 on base percentage and 122 RBI. Over the past two summers Thomas has helped his 6-4-3 teams to a combined 104-33-9 mark, including a 53-12-7 finish this past summer. Thomas hit .466 in the summer of 2007 and came followed that up with a stout summer 2008 season in which he hit .405. He added 54 RBI, 36 stolen bases and 14 triples in the '08 summer to help 6-4-3 to the 18U Triple Crown North Atlanta Qualifier title and the 16U BCS Southeast Regional Qualified crown. 6-4-3 also registered a runner-up finish in the CABA 16U Ultimate World Series Tournament, where Thomas earned All-tournament recognition.
Thomas is also a two-year letterman on the hardwood, where he earned team MVP honors.
Off the playing field, Thomas has also been a standout in the classroom. He is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as earning the Rotary Leadership Award and the HOBY Leadership Award. He also serves as the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) Service Committee Leader.