More roster moves
Dillon Thomas has finally reached the Majors after nine-plus years in the minors
June 8, 2021
In addition to yesterday's announcement that Jarred Kelenic was being demoted to Triple-A Tacoma and Shed Long Jr. was returning to the Mariners, there was another pair of moves announced today, ahead of the opening game of a three-game series in Detroit between the Mariners and the Tigers.
Catcher/first baseman Jacob Nottingham, who has already racked up some frequent flier miles this season, was designated for assignment again. It's the fourth time this year he's been DFAd by either the Mariners or his former club, the Milwaukee Brewers. If Nottingham clears waivers, he might remain in the system and be assigned to Tacoma, otherwise he'll either belong to some other team or become a free agent.
Taking Nottingham's spot is rookie outfielder Dillon Thomas, a 28-year-old minor-league veteran that joined the M's as a minor-league free agent last winter. From 2011-2017, the left-handed Houston native had played in the Rockies' organization, then spent 2018 and ’19 as a Milwaukee Brewer farmhand, topping out at Double-A Biloxi. This season was his first real time in Triple-A (not counting three PAs for Albuquerque in 2017), and he posted good numbers in just under 100 plate appearances (.338/.459/.625). Thomas figures to be the fourth outfielder for the time being, backing up starters Jake Fraley, Taylor Trammell, and Mitch Haniger.