GENEVA – Alek Thomas has taken another step in his minor league career.
Thomas, the Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 second-round selection and Kane County Cougars center fielder, has officially been promoted to advanced-A Visalia, the organization announced Saturday.
Thomas, a 19-year-old Chicago native, had eight home runs and 48 RBI through 91 games in Kane County. The Mount Carmel product had a .312 batting average and .479 slugging percentage. Thomas represented the Cougars in the Midwestern League All-Star game and participated in the home run derby.
Outfielder Kristian Robinson, who signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in July 2017, has been promoted to the Cougars roster to replace Thomas.
Robinson, the second-ranked Diamondbacks prospect by MLB Pipeline, played in 44 games for the Hillsboro Hopps this season, hitting .319, nine home runs and 35 RBI’s. Thomas is ranked first among prospects in the Diamondbacks organization.
According to MLB Pipeline, “Robinson has the highest ceiling of any player in Arizona's system as a slugger who also has feel to hit and the potential to stick in center field.”
The Cougars (62-47) starts a seven-game home stand Saturday night against Quad Cities.