Cambridge native and hitting prospect Scott Thorman grew up cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays. And they gave him something else to cheer about on Tuesday (June 20).
Thorman, called up from the Triple A Richmond Braves by the parent Atlanta Braves on Sunday when he made his major league debut, Tuesday got his first big-league hit, a run-scoring single in the seventh inning. Thorman is a five-time Baseball Canada national team member and a power prospect for the National League team. He becomes the 21st Canadian to play in the majors this season.
And even though he went 0-4 at the plate in his first appearance in the Big Show Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, striking out once, the moment wasn’t lost on Thorman, who was a first-round draft pick, 30th overall in the 2000 selection game.
“You never know how you are going to feel when you find out,” said Thorman. “I was very relaxed and excited. It feels like the right thing.”
In making his major league debut, the 6-3, 235 pound Thorman dedicated the game on Father’s Day to his late father who died when Thorman was 12.
“It’s the best Father’s Day I could give my family,” said Thorman.
Thorman was hitting .324 with 15 homeruns and 44 RBI in 66 games with the Richmond Braves. He made debut in left field for Atlanta – only the 10th start at that position this season for the projected first baseman.
Thorman has been a key player in Baseball Canada’s national team programs since 2000 when he played for Canada’s National Junior Team. He has also represented Canada at the 2001 World Cup of Baseball, the 2003 America’s Olympic Qualifier, the 2005 CONCEBE Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifier and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
He was also this year’s Baseball Canada Jimmy Rattlesnake Award recipient in recognition of his outstanding contributions and leadership on Canada’s national senior team.