John Thrasher - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 22


  • position OF
  • height 6-2
  • Weight 185
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Ridgefield, Conn.
  • Previous School Hartford

• Preseason Third-Team All-America (NCBWA, 2022)
• America East Player of the Year (2021)
• Second-Team ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region (2021)
• Hartford University Male Athlete of the Year (2021)
• America East All-Rookie Team (2018) 

Had a brilliant career at Hartford that saw him set a school record for career stolen bases with 69…Improved each season, culminating in his incredible 2021 campaign that saw him with America East Player of the Year…In 141 career games (450 at-bats) he hit .287 with 102 runs, 129 hits, 23 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 69 RBI…He drew 50 walks, 22 hit by pitch and reached base at a .381 clip…Has 35 career multi-hit games…He has a .991 career fielding percentage and nine outfield assists…Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hartford…Enters the 2022 season on a 30-game reached base safely streak.

Named the America East Player of the Year…Second-Team ABCA All-Northeast Region…Was sensational in a breakout season…Batted .369 with 45 hits in 122 at-bats…Scored 37 runs and drove in 23…Was an extra-base machine, delivering 11 doubles, three triples and seven home runs while posting a .680 slugging percentage…Drew 15 walks and 10 hit by pitch, reaching base at a .470 clip…Ranked third nationally with 37 stolen bases…Led the country in stolen bases per game…The 37 steals set a new school record…Recorded 13 multi-hit and 11 multi-steal games…Stole four bases in a game once and three on two occasions…Led the America East in batting average, slugging, on-base percentage, runs per game and stolen bases…Named Hartford’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Started all 12 games in the pandemic-shortened season…Scored eight runs and drove in three…Clubbed three doubles and a home run…Walked six times, was hit by five pitches and struck out just seven times while recording a .370 on-base percentage…Stole five bases in just 12 games…Named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Appeared in 49 games with 47 starts…Batted .274 in 157 at-bats with 33 runs, six doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI…Drew 19 walks and was hit by a pair of pitches to give him a .356 on-base percentage…Added 13 stolen bases to his resume.

Appeared in 41 games, starting 39…Named to the America East All-Rookie Team…Batted .248 with 24 runs, three doubles, three triples, two home runs and 13 RBI…Flashed his impact speed right away while stealing 14 bases…Made 102 putouts without being charged with an error.

Full name is John Rex Thrasher…Hometown is Ridgefield, Conn. … Son of Jack and Allison…Has three siblings (Alex, Craig and Lauren)…A four-year member of the Ridgefield baseball team…Led the school to the FCIAC championship his senior season…Was a First-Team All-Connecticut and First-Team All-FCIAC selection in 2016…Finished his high school career with a .354 batting average, 54 runs scored, 12 doubles and 56 stolen bases…Has done community service with Best Buddies and the Miracle League.

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