2010 TigsTown Player Capsule: Brad Thomas

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! The Tigers found a hidden gem when they reached all the way out to Australia and brought Brad Thomas stateside.

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season

ERA+

xFIP

HR/FB

K:BB

WAR

108

5.18

5.1%

1.03

0.5


What It All Means

Brad Thomas made his big league return after a six year hiatus and had quite a successful run, excelling as the team's second left-hander and one of the team's long relievers. His ERA was well above average, and he was healthy and available all season long. However, there are reasons to believe his season was more mirage than quality work. His xFIP, or expected future FIP, came in over 5, he only allowed a home run on 5% of the fly balls he allowed which is about half the MLB average, and walked nearly as many batters as he struck out. His BAbip remained average, so he wasn't overly lucky or unlucky on the balls in play, but that home run ratio is destined to jump, which is going to drag his ERA/FIP up with it.

What Does the Future Hold

The 33-year-old left-hander came over from Australia and proved to be a strong investment, getting a reliable reliever for just $1 million. But, Thomas's ceiling is limited in that he's never going to be more than a second lefty/long man in the bullpen. From that standpoint, he's in a good position to make the club because he can handle two roles by himself. The flip side is that there are many pitchers in the organization that possess a higher ceiling, and if he regresses like his numbers may suggest, there are a number of guys that'd be waiting to take his spot.