June 8, 2009

Thames talks baseball options

Dennis Thames turned plenty of heads playing football earning a four-star rating and scholarship offers from around the country.

But the gridiron isn't the only place the Louisville, Miss., native excels. Thames is also a standout on the baseball diamond and will likely be selected this week in the Major League Amateur Draft.

Thames hosted several team scouts during his senior season in which he hit .460 and six home runs for the Wildcats while pitching and playing outfield.

"I had a better year this year than last year so I feel great about it," Thames said. "I talked to Kansas City Royals (last Tuesday). They were talking good a little bit. I think if they offer me what I want I'll go. I'm just going to see how it goes. If I get drafted and everything works out alright, I'll go to the league in baseball. If not I will go back to school at Mississippi State and play football."

When asked what figure it would take to get him to turn down his scholarship to MSU, Thames thought for a second and replied with $200,000.

Thames will have an excellent advisor to help him decide. His uncle, Marcus Thames, is an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. Marcus Thames was selected in the 33rd round by the New York Yankees out of East Central Community College.

Thames is not the only football Bulldog signee that could be taken this week. Taylorsville three-star wide receiver Billy Hamilton should also get the phone call this week as well.

If Thames is unhappy with his draft selections or contract negotiations he plans on enrolling at Mississippi State in July to begin his football career.

Even with his busy baseball schedule this spring, Thames found time to make it to several football practices in Starkville to check out things with the new coaching staff.

"Man I think the spring was awesome," Thames said. "I think a big change has happened at Mississippi State and everybody is comfortable with the coaches. I think it is going to be big change this upcoming season and I think everybody is going to like it."

Thames was one of seven four-star prospects in the 2009 signing class at State. He feels like the incoming players will push some of the veteran players to be the best team possible in the fall.

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