June 15, 2017
RELEASE DATE: For Immediate Release
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Former Iowa Lakes Baseball Player Drafted in Major League Baseball Draft
Former standout Iowa Lakes Baseball player Kyle Thomas was drafted Wednesday afternoon by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
Thomas, a right-handed pitcher is originally from Mississauga, Ontario. After playing as a Laker for two years, he transferred to the University of Northwestern Ohio where he had a phenomenal senior season going 10-1 with a 3.28 ERA including 104 strikeouts in 98 2/3rds innings. The 6'3" 200 pounder was drafted on day three of the 40-round event.
Kyle becomes the first Laker to have ever been selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Last year, Manny Deleon signed as a free agent and is currently playing in the minor leagues.
"This is such a great story for not only Kyle, but for Iowa Lakes," said Joey Pavlovich, Head Baseball Coach. "It truly shows the impact we can have on a person's life."
Pavlovich said Kyle matured a tremendous amount in his time at Iowa Lakes – both physically and as a person.
"I have no doubt that this was the best place for him for his first two years," said Coach Pavlovich. "Kyle came in at 6'3" 165 pounds throwing 81-84 miles per hour and came out at 200 pounds hitting 94 miles per hour, which turned him into a legitimate prospect."
It wasn't always easy.
"From a day-to-day standpoint, he needed the one-on-one attention and although he came kicking and screaming at points, he turned into a fine young man who was the captain of his team his senior year at the University of Northwestern Ohio. I couldn't be more proud of what he has accomplished."
Thomas had two terrific years at Iowa Lakes, finishing his sophomore year with a 4-2 record earning second team all ICCAC honors while being recruited by a number of high profile Division I schools. He chose to transfer to the University of Northwestern Ohio due to several reasons including his desire to attend a smaller campus where he could continue to receive personal guidance and coaching.
He is looking forward to the chance to work with the Detroit Tigers.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity that I have been given by the Detroit Tigers organization," Thomas said. "I am so proud of what I have accomplished and to be able to say that is a testament to my own hard work and dedication."
He credits Coach Pavlovich for working with him as a Laker.
"I could never have done this without my support system and outstanding role models in my coaches. I would like to personally thank Coach Pavlovich for his efforts in keeping me on the right path during my time at Iowa Lakes, and instilling in me the value of determination, whether it be on the baseball field or in the classroom," Thomas said.
And, he has this advice for others.
"To every player who is wishing to live out the dream that I was so fortunate to have come true, understand that nobody can measure your heart. If you want something, it is in your power to do everything possible to make your dream a reality."
Coach Pavlovich is proud of the success of Thomas.
"I am so excited to see how far he can go, and am looking forward to watching him continue to grow in his life. He has an extremely bright future," said Pavlovich.
Photo ID: A photo of Kyle Thomas during his time as a Laker.
MEDIA: For more information, please contact head coach Joey Pavlovich at (712) 362-7916 or the Sports Information Marketing office at (712) 362-7928.