Scott Thorman provides a left-handed stick, at least in spring training. The Brewers signed the former Atlanta farm hand to a minor-league deal Monday and invited him to camp.
He batted .251 while spending all of 2008 at Richmond, Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate in the International League. He led the Braves with 19 homers and was second with 56 RBI, but his on-base percentage was only .283 because he walked only 19 times. He struck out 83 times in 387 at-bats and finished with a .465 slugging percentage. And although he hit only .218 against left-handers, he clubbed seven homers versus southpaws.
Thorman made the Atlanta roster in 2006-07, belting 11 long balls while striking out 70 times and walking on only 14 occasions in 287 at-bats in 2007, finishing at .216. He had a combined .222 average, 16 homers, 29 doubles and 50 RBI during those two seasons. His pinch-hit solo homer—on the first pitch with two outs in the 10th--against then Brewers closer Francisco Cordero helped Atlanta to a 4-3 win in 11 innings Sept. 22, 2007, as the host Braves took three of four while Milwaukee failed to retake the Central Division lead from the Cubs.
The native of Ontario was selected in the first round (No. 30 overall) in the 2000 June free agent draft but missed the 2001 campaign because of an injury. He played in the Major League Futures Game in ’03 and topped all Braves’ minor leaguers with a combined 164 hits, 268 total bases and 92 RBI while splitting the 2005 season between Double-A Mississippi and Richmond.