CANES BASEBALL ALUM AND MLB VETERAN PLAYER DANNY VALENCIA TALKS ABOUT HIS TIME AT UM, PLAYING FOR 7 DIFFERENT MLB TEAMS AND HIS UPCOMING TRIP TO THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN TOKYO WITH TEAM ISRAEL ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST

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Jared Thomas

position

Catcher/Outfield

Height

5-11

Weight

185 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Lakewood, Calif.

High School

Orange Lutheran

The asterisk next to 2020 and 2021 season bios indicate the NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; the student-athlete’s year of eligibility did not “advance” from 2020 to 2021 due to this NCAA ruling.

*True Freshman (2020): Played in 11 games, making seven starts for the Hurricanes in shortened 2020 college baseball season…Saw action in right field and at catcher…Had six hits, a double and a home run in 32 at-bats…Scored seven runs and posted three RBI…Had two multi-hit games and one multi-RBI performance…Made Miami debut and scored three runs in sweep-clinching win over Rutgers (Feb. 16)…Hit a two-run double in first career start, a win over Kent State (Feb. 19)…Went 2-for-5 with first career homer in win over USF (Feb. 26)…Had a hit and a run scored in sweep-clinching win over Towson (Mar. 1)…Went 2-for-4 and recorded first career stolen base at FAU (Mar. 4).

High School: Four-year varsity starter, playing three seasons at Cantwell Sacred Heart Of Mary High School and his senior year at Orange Lutheran High School…Was a two-time team captain and earned three first-team all-league honors…Helped teams to four league titles and Orange Lutheran to a NHSI championship in 2019.

Personal: Parents are Jim and Teri Thomas…Has one brother, Zach, who plays baseball at Dixie State University…Intends to major in business.