But how does Hughes develop that talent?
Thomas certainly didn’t participate in fall baseball. The demands on his time will only tighten when the Sooners begin spring practice in March. They’ll only hold 15 practices, but they come at the time the Sooners open the Big 12 portion of their baseball schedule and they’re consistently playing four games a week.
Ultimately, Hughes doesn’t know how it will work out. Thomas is on a football scholarship and the demands of that sport get top priority.
Nonetheless, having Thomas on a part-time basis is something the baseball coach is willing to accept.
“He’s athletic enough to make up for lost time — I’ll tell you that,” Hughes said. “He’s a big, imposing, athletic kid with a serious ability to hit for power. I’m looking forward to seeing his growth in our program.”
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