SEC Player of the Week (3/24/14) 2013 Alaska Collegiate Baseball Summer League All-Star SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013) SEC Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Outlook Veteran backstop is coming off a year where his hard work and lockdown defense earned the primary starting job ... Has transformed his body since working his way onto the UK roster, with his 210-pound frame suited for duties behind the plate in the SEC ... Has shown an ability to lock down the running game, catching 12 runners stealing in 2013 and picking off two runners ... Has power at the plate, great bunting ability and an ability to work his way on base with quality at bats ... Played in 49 of UK's 55 games, with 42 starts as a fourth-year junior in 2013 ... Made 41 starts behind the plate, where he committed just one error - a catcher's interference ... Worked 361.1 innings behind the plate (of 495.1 innings total), with his pitching staff owning a 3.24 ERA ... Is coming off an all-star summer in the Alaska Collegiate League ... Had a great fall practice season, impressive the coaching staff with his leadership and veteran poise.
Summer Earned all-star honors in the Alaska Collegiate League while playing with the Matsu Miners ... Played in 25 games, batting .261 (23-for-88) with three doubles and 13 RBI ... Had a 6-22 walk-strikeout ratio ... Got off to a slow start before getting hot in the middle of the summer and finishing on a 0-for-13 streak that hurt his final average, which got as high as .295.
2013 Veteran presence and defensive abilities led to winning the everyday catching position ... Played in 49 games with 43 starts ... Made 41 starts behind the plate, one start at first base and one start as the DH ... Hit .239 (33-for-138) with 23 runs, three doubles, three homers and 21 RBI ... Ranked second on the team with 18 hit by pitches, sporting a .353 on-base percentage ... Stole 4-of-4 bases ... Played in 27 games with 24 starts in SEC games, batting .203 (16-for-79) with three doubles, two homers and 10 RBI ... Played in 28 games with 25 starts against SEC foes (including SEC Tournament), batting .193 (16-for-83) with three doubles, two homers and 10 RBI ... Was a defensive force, throwing out 12 of 34 would-be basestealers ... Fielded a staggering .997, with his only error coming on a catchers interference on opening weekend ... Caught 361.1 of UK's 495.1 total innings pitched, sporting a team-high 3.24 ERA behind the plate (3.58 overall team ERA) ... Hit .288 in non-conference games (17-for-59) with a homer and 11 RBI ... Batted .257 in games played at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with two homers and 13 RBI ... Third on the team in average on the road (.236) ... Hit .303 in games that UK won and .161 in games that UK lost ... Got off to a great start, hitting .394 through the first 14 games of the year ... Collected five multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI games ... Hit throughout the bottom half of the order, including No. 5 (two), No. 6 (two), No. 7 (nine), No. 8 (12) and No. 9 (18) ... Belted homers vs. Florida (vs. Hanhold), vs. Georgia (vs. Benzor) and vs. Indiana (vs. Harrison) ... As the leadoff hitter, batted .406 (13-for-32) with two doubles and a homer ... Earned the opening-day start vs. UNC Asheville ... Started the first six games of the year behind the plate before getting a day off ... Had a two-hit game at USC Upstate ... Went 3-for-3 with an RBI vs. Akron ... Given first day off on Saturday vs. Akron on the third weekend of the year ... Had a huge swing on a three-run home in the first inning at Florida on SEC opening weekend, with his homer sailing out of the stadium over the leftfield grandstand ... Belted second homer of the year vs. Georgia in the series-rubber match ... Caught all 18 innings in the marathon at Western Kentucky, going 1-for-8 ... Made first career start at first base as UK struggled with injury in the series opener vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt ... Had a two-hit game with a double vs. Tennessee ... Belted third homer of the year vs. No. 15 Indiana ... Went 2-for-4 with a double in the regular-season finale at Missouri ... Played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Danbury Westerners ... Batted .171 (13-for-76) in 30 games, with two homers, six RBI.
2012 Played in 21 games with one start ... Batted .250 (5-for-20) with six runs, three doubles, one homer and four RBI ... Had a 2-7 walk-strikeout ratio ... Played in seven games off the bench, going 0-for-7 in SEC play ... Got first career hit as a home run vs. UIC on March 4 ... Made first career start vs. Marshall, scoring three runs and going 1-for-2 with a double and two walks ... Collected a double and a run vs. Canisius ... Had three at bats off the bench vs. Dayton, going 2-for-3 with a double ... Went hitless in his final 10 at bats, functioning as a pinch hitter in his final 10 appearances.
2011 Served as UK's fourth catcher in 2011, behind starters Luke Maile and Michael Williams and senior T.J. Daugherty ... Played in seven games off the bench ... Had six at bats, walking once and striking out four times ... During the summer played for the Lexington Hustlers in the Great Lakes League, the inaugural season for the Hustlers organization, which was run by former UK reliever Adam Revelette ... Played in 25 games with 21 starts, batting .184 (14-for-76) with one double, one homer and 12 RBI ... Drew eight walks, got hit by four pitches and struck out 33 times ... Stole one base in one attempt.
2010 Redshirted season.
High School Four-year letterwinner for coach Dan Pitts at Elizabethtown High School ... Four-year member of football and basketball ... Led baseball team to the district championship in 2007 and 2009 ... Named all-district in 2009 and all-region in 2008-09.
Personal Full name is Micheal Rayven Thomas ... Born January 27, 1991 in Virginia Beach, Va. ... Son of Frank and Judie Thomas ... Has two siblings, Jada (13) and Lyndon (2).