Dylan Thomas returning to UH for junior year

The University of Hawaii baseball team’s top pitcher — Dylan Thomas — is returning to the Manoa campus for his junior season.
Thomas was the Minnesota Twins’ 38th-round pick in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft for First-Year Players. They could not reach agreement on a contract before today’s signing deadline.
“I’m excited to come back,” Thomas told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “It was a cool experience, if anything, to get (drafted) this year.”
NCAA Division I players are eligible for the draft if they have been in college for at least three years. Thomas redshirted as a freshman in 2016. He was the Rainbow Warriors’ closer the past two seasons.
This past year, Thomas amassed 14 saves, most among Big West pitchers, and averaged 9.9 strikeouts and 0.92 walks per nine innings.
This summer, Thomas is pitching for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He has four saves while striking out 16 in 11 1/3 innings.
“He’s really enjoying it there,” UH coach Mike Trapasso said. “It’s a great place to play.”


  1. clyde July 6, 2018 12:26 pm

    Good news on Thomas from the man with (too?) many hats: Over the past five days, Stephen’s blog topics included two on football, two on basketball and one on baseball. Don’t forget to pace yourself, buddy. 🤙

  2. A-House July 6, 2018 12:29 pm


    not only “foggy” memory, but the knees creak and the muscles sag!

  3. SteveM July 6, 2018 12:40 pm

    Clyde — maybe the Star Advertiser is tightening its belt and fewer reporters for various beats? Of course, if I were the UH A.D. I would request that ST cover as many of my revenue generating sports as possible since he brings good insights and interest.

    I suppose having a 12-year old blog (in a couple weeks) still surviving with a loyal base helps… 🙂

  4. roygbivs July 6, 2018 1:06 pm

    Nice fo da bullpen, baseBows’ getting their closer back fo one moe season. Trap needs as many Ws as he can get.

    We [should be] contendering IMO for a title every year, bring back the glory years of the 80’s

  5. A-House July 6, 2018 1:13 pm

    anyone see the men’s BB team practice?

    if yes, your opinion on the 3 frosh “big men” ? can play — run, pass, shoot, defense?

    believe this is first time UH had 3 tall ones come in as freshman — UH has NOT, imho, had tall, good players since Tony [ dang, always keep forgetting his last name — recently added to UH circle of honor ]

    remember watching UH baseball game and Riley Wallace walked past us with a 7’4″ recruit who signed with UCLA and sat on the bench for 4 years — UH could have used him then

  6. burro sabio July 6, 2018 1:29 pm

    Mr. A-House, never see you in long long time but you must still have those big guns haha! Can’t do much about the knees. My knees ok but one ankle really bad.

  7. A-House July 6, 2018 1:33 pm


    no mor “big guns” after my rotator cuff surgery — lost about 25#s of muscle mass.

  8. cappie the dog July 6, 2018 1:40 pm


    I hope he was better than Rogue Harris.

  9. cappie the dog July 6, 2018 1:43 pm

    Holy cow.

    I had no idea I was supposed to worry about Dylan Thomas not returning.

    It worries me that there is word about using Thomas as a starter.

    Quintin Torres-Costa is flourishing as a spot closer.

  10. cappie the dog July 6, 2018 1:50 pm


    I want to say Tony Welles, but I know you mean Tony Maroney.

    He made it to Portsmouth.

    What I remember about Maroney is that Pete Newell thought he wasn’t hustling and yanked him off the court.

    But he was Hawaii’s best center in my lifetime. He seemed to just stand there and the ball would magically find it’s way into his hands.

    Bad hands, no vertical, but he was a competent offensive and defensive player.

  11. H-Man July 6, 2018 6:40 pm

    My pick for best UH center – Mel Werts (’73-76), followed by John Penebacker (’70-’73) of the Fab5. John is only 6-2, but he had springs for legs.

  12. islandman July 6, 2018 7:10 pm

    6-10 Tony Davis, played around 1958 to 1960, before Cappie’s time. Maroney played around 1993-95.

  13. cappie the dog July 7, 2018 3:49 am

    Tony Akpan, anybody?

    Had he stayed the course, at worst, he would have played international ball.

    As a hypothetical senior, I think 14 points and 10 rebounds a game was attainable.

    Haim Shimonovich needed more breathers.

  14. Inyoface July 7, 2018 7:49 am

    Ok I’m ready for some football. I only can take so much of the World Cup, mma and golf.

  15. Stephen Tsai July 7, 2018 9:26 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=46159

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