11 Ivory Thomas
11 Ivory Thomas
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Downey HS
Position: OF
B/T: R/R
Experience: 2V

TITANS `11: Emerged as Titans' leadoff hitter about one-third of the way into the season • Honorable mention All-Big West Conference outfielder • Led team with .450 on-base percentage, 46 runs, 18 hit by pitches and 20 steals in 29 attempts • Appeared in 48 games, 47 as a starter (30 in left field) • Had a 9-game hitting streak Mar. 27 thru Apr. 10 (.344, 11-for-32) and 14 of 15 games thru Apr 22 (.327, 18-for-55) • Hit his only home run at Hawaii in first game on Mar. 26 for 1-0 lead in eventual 4-2 win • Had 12 multi-hit games but never more than 2 in a game.

TITANS `10: Made his way into 27 of the Titans' 64 games but was used sparingly due to a bicep injury • Made 5 starts in the outfield • His first career hit (triple) and RBI came in his first career start on Feb. 28 against TCU • His only other hit of the season was a pinch-hit, RBI-single on Apr. 2 against UC Davis • Did not get caught stealing in 5 attempts.

DOWNEY HS: Was a 4-year letterman for the Vikings under Head Coach Jess Gonzalez • Was a two-time San Gabriel League MVP (2008 and 2009) and a three-time first-team all-leaguer (2007, 2008 and 2009) • Hit .360 with a home run and 18 RBI as a senior, while also swiping 24 of 26 bags • Hit .429 with 3 home runs and 28 RBI in 2008 en-route to an All-CIF Second Team selection • Stole 21 bases in 25 attempts in 2008 • Was the winning run of the longest (20-inning) CIF Southern Section game in history on May 14, 2008, as Downey beat Harvard Westlake, 3-2, on a bases loaded walk; he also had 5 hits in the game • Hit .390 with 2 home runs, 17 RBI, and 7 stolen bases as a sophomore • Was 11-for-27 (.409) with a home run and 5 RBI his rookie year in limited play • Was a 42nd round draft pick by the Houston Astros in the 2009 MLB First-Year Players Draft • Was also a Scholar Athlete at Downey High School.

PERSONAL: Born on Aug. 24, 1991, in Lynwood, Calif. • Full name is Ivory Joe Thomas III • Nicknames are "The Lounge" and "Snipes" • Parents are Ivory and Pamela Thomas • Has an older sister (Candice) and two younger brothers (Jeremiah and Xavier) • Majoring in sociology • Lists former Titan outfielder Tony Miranda as one of his greatest influences in life • Models his game after inspirational Downey Little Leaguer Jake Baitchal • Favorites include: Spencer Russo (baseball player), Jake Baitchal (athlete), Los Angeles Dodgers (team), Fenway Park (baseball stadium), "Hitch" (movie), "The Contender" (book), Lil Wayne (musical artist) and Will Smith and Eva Longoria (actors).

Career Highs Graphic
At Bats: 6, May 6, 2011 at UC Riverside
Runs: 2, 10 times, last on June 5, 2011 vs. Illinois
Hits: 2, 12 times, last on June 3, 2011 vs. Illinois
RBI: 3, Mar. 19, 2011 vs. Washington (Gm. 1)
Home Runs: 1, Mar. 26, 2011 (Gm. 1) at Hawaii
Doubles: 1, 6 times, last on May 13, 2011 vs. Long Beach St.
Stolen Bases: 3, Mar. 12, 2011 vs. LSU

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