Apr 10, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Ian Thomas (58) pitches against the New York Mets during the ninth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Gwinnett Braves: Ian Thomas Extremely Strong In Debut

On Sunday, the Atlanta Braves made a couple moves of their 25-man roster.  Starting pitcher, Gavin Floyd, was ready to come off the DL and join the Braves so to add one, you have to subtract one.

Braves left-hander Ian Thomas was the odd man out.

The Undrafted, pitcher out of Virginia Commonwealth held a 4.26 ERA over 10 relief appearances for the Braves and will surely get another shot later this season.

“It’s part of the game. I knew they had to make a roster move,” Thomas said after being sent down to Gwinnett.

Apr 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Ian Thomas (58) follows through against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies, 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Thomas, who made his Triple-A debut for Gwinnett, pitched outstanding on Tuesday night.  Ian saw nine batters in three innings and struck out five.  Thomas came out after three innings because he was under a limited pitch count to stretch his arm out from being in relief with the Braves.

Though not picking up the victory in his first start with Gwinnett, he pitched great and probably opened up eyes on if this guy is a starting pitcher or relief.

The southpaw became the 13th player to make his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett after having already made his Major League debut.

Thomas left with a 1-0 lead as Gwinnett scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning.

Gwinnett did rally in the eighth inning to win the game 3-2.  They scored two runs on three hits to win their first game of the homestand.  Todd Cunningham reached on a one-out single.  Then was moved to second on a walk to Tommy La Stella and later Cunningham scored on an RBI single by Joey Terdoslavich.  After an infield single by Phil Gosselin loaded the bases, reliever Ryan Tepera uncorked a wild pitch scoring La Stella for the game-winner.


Look for Thomas to continue stretching out his arm in the next few weeks as Tomahawk Take will keep you updated.

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  • Ryan Cothran

    In my opinion, a very poor decision to move Ian down. Also, the Braves are looking for a “left-handed specialist”? Aye…

    • Jeff Schafer

      Had to move someone and he had some rough outings. My questions were why a starter and not stay in relief

      • Ryan Cothran

        Yes, he had some rough outings, but his peripherals scream fluke (and my eyes said the same, bloop after bloop). The Braves are said to be in the market for a LOOGY. Thomas’ line against LHH: 3 innings 0ER .580 OPS against. Yes, he walked a few batters, but sending him down then turning around and having the beat writers say they’re “in the market for a left-handed specialist” is madness.

        • fireboss

          Tonight’s news that Floyd stays in the rotation almost certainly means the Braves will move Woody to the pen thus solving the lefty in the pen issue and the rotation overload issue in one fell swoop. Also likely indicates that Venters isn’t close.

          • Jeff Schafer

            Just throwing a name out there right now but what about Aaron Haring to the bullpen? Minor, Teheran, Wood, Floyd, Santana

          • fireboss

            Eventually yes but the shortage of a lefty and the perceived need to limit Woody’s innings means IMO that they’ll wait for Harang to lose his magic touch first. Besides, Avilan has that ongoing cramp issue we saw a little of last night that could make him unavailable at any time. Maybe we should send him a bunch of bananas every week to stave off those cramps

      • fireboss

        He asked to start to work on his secondary pitches so he can be more effective when he comes back up. He’s more of an inning or two guy than a loogy. In the admittedly small sample. His L/R split is .267/.273. The braves are hoping Avilan gets back the magic from last year and Venters actually comes back which isn’t exactly certain after a second TJ. They will watch the waiver wire for a guy like Downs – although that wasn’t a great sign in the end – and hope maybe Buchter or one of the others finds his form