Athletics Prospect Casey Thomas Dies at Age 24

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 05:  A general view of the Athetics logo durring the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum on September 5, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images)
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Oakland Athletics minor league shortstop Casey Thomas has died at the age of 24.

The A's issued a statement Tuesday announcing Thomas' death, via MLB.com's Jane Lee:

Thomas was a 34th-round draft pick in 2016 out of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He hit .322/.368/.394 in 208 at-bats as a college senior.

After signing with the A's last summer, Thomas played in 37 games in the rookie-level Arizona League. He posted a .258/.300/.275 slash line with 18 RBI in 120 at-bats but didn't appear in an official minor league game this season.