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The best Cody on the team

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

If I would have told you one week ago that Cody Thomas would be the MVP of Dodgers spring training through the first week, your reaction likely would have been one of the following.

“Who?”

“Is that the guy who played quarterback at Oklahoma a few years ago?”

Yes, it’s been a week, and there’s no need to get excited, but how can you not stop and appreciate what Thomas has done during the first week of Spring Training. Though he’s only had 13 at-bats, he’s made his presence well-known.

So far, the 25-year old has hit four home runs and driven in eight, while posting a nice cool OPS of 1.516. His homers and RBI lead the club, and he’s tied for third in hits.

He made his presence known on February 24, hitting an opposite field home run, and then proceeding to rob a home run in right field later in the game.

A few days later, he gave us something else to add to his highlight-reel, crushing this home run that still has yet to land, according to the city of Glendale, AZ.

The legend grew, as fans began to wonder where this player has been hiding. On Saturday, Thomas was yet again the talking point of Dodgers fans, as he did something that only a few lucky thousand in attendance got to witness.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers’ split-squad game with the Rockies wasn’t broadcasted on TV. That’s too bad.

Thomas hit two more home runs on Saturday.... hitting them both in the SAME INNING. I’m not sure if you can look up stuff like that, but I’m sure the list of players to homer twice in the same inning in Dodgers history has to be pretty slim.

If only we had videos of these homers. Supposedly one went just under 430 feet according to the Rockies radio broadcast.

Thomas was drafted by the Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He’s spent the last four seasons in the minors, having played for Tulsa all of 2019. Last season, he appeared in 130 games for the Drillers, hitting .236/.308/.443/.751. He hit 23 home runs, driving in 76.

In 437 career games, he’s hit 81 homers and driven in 278 runs. He’s added 80 doubles and 21 triples, while posting a career OPS of .803.

He’ll likely start the season in AAA with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. If he continues this power-surge, expect Thomas to potentially crack the major-league roster at some point in 2020.

It’s about time the Dodgers have a player named Cody who is really good at baseball.