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Cardinals Reveal Decision on Connor Thomas Ahead of Rule 5 Draft Deadline

Isaiah De Los Santos
The St. Louis Cardinals have made a decision on prospect Connor Thomas ahead of the Rule 5 Draft protection deadline.
The St. Louis Cardinals have made a decision on prospect Connor Thomas ahead of the Rule 5 Draft protection deadline. / Associated Press
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The St. Louis Cardinals will be faced with some difficult decisions on Tuesday. That's the deadline for St. Louis to call up Rule 5 Draft-eligible players to their 40-man roster, or be at risk of losing those prospects to another organization.

One youngster on the bubble is Connor Thomas. The Cardinals have reportedly made a decision on his status ahead of the 6 p.m. ET cutoff.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Tuesday morning St. Louis is expected to add Thomas to its 40-man roster. This will then protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, preventing other teams from stealing the promising 24-year-old.

Thomas was a fifth-round pick by the Cardinals during the 2019 MLB Draft. He was promoted full-time to Triple-A this past season, but had rocky results. He posted a 6-12 record and 5.47 ERA across 25 starts for Memphis, prompting questions about his future with the organization.

However, Thomas turned it around in the Arizona Fall League. He posted a minuscule 1.75 ERA across six starts, racking up 34 strikeouts in just 25.2 innings.

That showing was likely exactly what the organization wanted to see out of its No. 24-ranked prospect. Hopefully the Cards sticking with him and protecting him gives the right-hander extra motivation to show what he's really made of in 2023.

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