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Thys goes to Marlins in draft

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Joel Thys’ breakout spring on the baseball diamond got even better Wednesday afternoon. The Placer High graduate was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 47th round of the Major League Baseball First-year Player Draft. Several scouts took notice when Thys shined in the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs for Ohlone College. The catcher has long been known for his defensive skills, but he had a big postseason at the plate and that helped his cause for the draft. “The scouts were happy with what I did behind the plate, but I started out slow with my hitting,” said Thys, who graduated from Placer in 2009 after helping the Hillmen win a Sac-Joaquin Section title. “I put up good numbers in the playoffs. I played my best against the best competition and the scouts saw that.” Thys now faces a tough decision. As the 1,423rd player selected in the draft, he wouldn’t likely get a major signing bonus if he were to enter the Marlins’ system, but he does have an opportunity to play professional ball. Thys is also committed to play for Sonoma State next season, where he would be a junior. “I’m really not sure what I’m going to do,” Thys said. “It’s exciting to hear my name and kind of a relief to get drafted. It’s an honor to be drafted by the Marlins, but I’m going to weigh my options.” Thys said he would rely on his father Greg to help him through the decision. Greg played baseball at Cal and in the San Diego Padres’ farm system. Thys is the first player from Placer to be drafted since Andy Launier, who was selected by the Houston Astros in the 49th round of the 2006 draft. Launier played two years in the Astros’ farm system.