Son of Major Leaguer Dickie Thon, his dad was a great player but was hit in the face with a pitch, which wrecked his career.
Andy Seiler says:
Dickie Joe Thon Position: SS School: Perpetuo Socorro HS State: PR Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 170 Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 11/16/91 Seiler Rating: 2C1 Commitment: Rice
Dickie Joe Thon is a promising high school shortstop from Academia Perpetio Socorro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Thon is the son of the former Major League player of the same name, and while he has good bloodlines and good tools, he may not be as close to the Majors as some people think. Instead, he’s more of a raw tools shortstop who will be looking to refine those tools as he moves up the ladder, whether it is in pro ball or in college. While most players in Puerto Rico are looking to move stateside, he moved from Texas to Puerto Rico for high school, and the effect has been some rawness rubbing off on his game, as he’s had trouble finding competition that suits his tools. Scouts do see him as a potential starting shortstop at the Major League level, but that could be as many as seven or eight years away. At the plate, he’s an above-average hitter with a good idea of how to square up a ball. Thon's a little rough around the edges when it comes to recognizing pitches, but he profiles well for hitting and has fringeaverage raw power. He’s an above-average runner as well, and that should be a big part of his offensive game. Defensively, he’s a solid-average defender with an above-average arm who should be a good defender there long-term. Scouts don’t expect him to have to move unless there’s a better player ahead of him there. With a strong Rice commitment, he could fall very far in the draft, but he has the talent to go in the fourth to seventh round range, though I fully expect him to go to school.