OAKLAND – Casey Thomas, drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 34th round of the draft last year, has passed away unexpectedly, the club announced Tuesday.
This is the second death of a player in the Oakland minor league system in as many years. Triple-A pitcher Sean Murphy died April 25, 2016 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle.
Thomas, an infielder who played collegiately at GateWay Community College in Phoenix and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, before being drafted by the A’s, was the son of A’s pro scout Tom Thomas.
“We were devastated to hear of this tragedy within the A’s family,” Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, said. “Our hearts go out to Tom and his family on their loss; Casey was a wonderful young man and teammate, and will be missed by all in the A’s organization.”
The 24-year-old Kansas City native played for the A’s rookie league team in the Arizona League, hitting .258 with 15 runs and 18 RBI in 37 games.
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