Hawaii baseball: Minnesota Twins pick Dylan Thomas in 13th round

Hawaii pitcher Dylan Thomas said he is set to sign with the Twins after being selected in the 13th round of today's draft. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

A year later and 25 rounds earlier, the Minnesota Twins selected pitcher Dylan Thomas in the 13th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Thomas was the Twins’ 38th-round choice in last year’s draft. But he opted to return to UH as a fourth-year junior.

Thomas and six family members gathered to watch today’s draft on a TV that was hooked up to a computer. A few minutes before the selection, an area scout called Thomas to check on his “sign-ability.” With his Thomas’ assurance confirmed, the Twins then picked him with the 389th overall pick.

Thomas told the Star-Advertiser he definitely will sign. He said contract details and playing destination will be finalized in the coming days.

Pitcher Dakota Engleman-Donovan, who signed with UH in November as part of 2020 class, was picked by the Los Angeles Angels in the 16th round (No. 481 overall). Engleman-Donovan is a sophomore at Central Arizona College who began his career at Oregon State.


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  5. burro sabio June 6, 2019 7:43 am

    I’m glad that the Twins still recognized Dylan Thomas’ ability. Trap totally messed up the whole season by sending him out for a meaningless alumni game then couldn’t make up his mind on how to properly use him.

  6. A-House June 7, 2019 9:21 am

    how many football players are in Hawaii going through work out?

    why does the NFL Commissioner “hug” each player selected in the 1st round?

  7. papajoe2 June 7, 2019 9:26 am

    Just like to know the opinion of the Tsaiko group about playing a game at 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. I remember before ppv that the stadium averaged more fans for a UH game then they do now. With the earlier start time, more families would come to the games. Tailgate started earlier and lasted longer. With the earlier start times, this state of a working community, the earlier start time prevents people from going to work, home to get the family, and preparing food. Easier to ppv. And if the game itself is junk, just turn off the tv or switch channels. Opinions??

  8. papajoe2 June 7, 2019 9:28 am

    Correction on prior post. With a later start time.

  9. SteveM June 7, 2019 11:22 am

    papajoe2 — I have long advocated a 7:30 pm start time for UH home games, like in the 1970’s and 1980’s. There was a carnival-like atmosphere when you entered under the lights of the stadium. Real carnivals have more people when it’s dark too.

    We used to tailgate and eat dinner at a more usual hour back then too. I once asked Coach McMackin about a later start time and he replied he would start the game at midnight if he could get away with it… put the opposing team further out of time sync. Home field advantage of distance and time zones.

    The game time was allegedly moved earlier so that the opposing conference teams could catch their commercial flights back home after the game. Now we are taking an attendance hit and paying for their private jets back home. 👿

    The disadvantage of a later start is that Aloha Stadium would want to have a half-day+ swap meet to increase revenue… but nowadays with the lagging attendance that could be a win-win situation.

  10. Stephen Tsai June 7, 2019 11:37 am

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