Originally written on Summer Ball  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Seattle_mariners_photo_b98a
From the Butler BlueSox
Former Slippery Rock University pitcher Justin Thomas will join the BlueSox staff for 2012. Thomas will take on responsibilities as the BlueSox pitching coach and assist manager Anthony Rebyanski with all efforts of the pitching staff.

The Ambridge High School graduate attended Austin Community College in 2005-06 prior to joining the Rock’s pitching staff. While at Slippery Rock, Thomas finished his career with earned run average of 4.50 while appearing out of the bullpen in 44 games. He finished with 72 innings logged and accumulated two saves, gave up 80 hits while striking out 64 batters.

^^^^^^^^^^
During the summer of 2009, Thomas was a part of the Slippery Rock Sliders of the Prospect League. While pitching out of the bullpen with the Sliders, he was 0-3 with 14 strikeouts over 17 innings pitched.

“Justin brings experience as a player in this league to Butler and our team for 2012,” said Rebyanski.

“Thomas was a sidearm style pitcher in college and was successful,” said Rebyanski. “In my opinion, guys like that who are successful know ‘how to pitch.’ They get the groundballs, double plays and outs that are needed in key situations; therefore know how to pitch to hitters and know how to get those results.”

Thomas has been a volunteer coach in the Ambridge Area during the summers from 2006-10. In 2008 and 2010 he helped coach the Ambridge 15 and 16 year old teams.

In spring 2011, he was named assistant coach at his alma mater Ambridge High School. After the conclusion of the 2011 spring high school season, Thomas went south to be an assistant with the Tradewater Pirates in the Ohio Valley Collegiate Summer League.




GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

Mike Weber on Sabres fans cheering loss: 'A whole new low'

Michael Sam: 'I'm not the only gay person in the NFL'

More international NFL games could be on the horizon

Tyler Ulis on West Virginia: We wanted to crush their spirit

Former No. 1 pick Brady Aiken undergoes Tommy John surgery

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

LeBron James makes Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders

Five under-the-radar National League MVP candidates

Five bizarre NFL offseason moves that don't add up

Texas to Rick Barnes: Change your staff or you will be fired

First 'National Fantasy Football Convention' to star Tony Romo

Teams that don't deserve to win Connor McDavid Sweepstakes

How a basketball-themed art exhibit changed perceptions

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

17 facts to know before the Sweet 16

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.