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Player Profile: Damek Tomscha

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Damek Tomscha is a third baseman inside the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization. The former Auburn Tiger impressed among the college ranks, at which point he was tied for first on his team with seven home runs in 2013.

Damek was drafted on four separate occasions, but took his time in developing further before deciding to go pro. He turned professional in 2014, as the Phillies wound up taking him in the 17th round. Tomscha started his professional career playing for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. In 220 plate appearances through 54 games, he hit .243, had a .373 on-base percentage and slugged .381.

In 2015 Tomscha was promoted to the Single-A Lakewood Claws of the South Atlantic League, where he had more of a full-time workload. Through 120 games, he enjoyed much success as all major offensive categories improved upon his 2014 season.

In 120 games he scored 68 runs, more than double his 2014 output. Tomscha also had 121 hits and 32 doubles to go with eight home runs and 59 RBIs. He showed tremendous patience, walking 39 times while striking out in just 81 at-bats. All in all, he put together an impressive .282 batting average, his on-base clip reaching .368, while upping his slugging to a healthy .417.

Along with playing third, Damek got time at first base in 21 games for Lakewood, as well as spending time as the designated hitter. He committed 11 errors at the hot corner in 2014, but only made nine total errors in 2015, and only eight at third.

The defensive facet of the game was an area Damek says he didn’t consider himself great, but he has started to solidify that by working on his mechanics, such as positioning of his feet, as he told our Frank Conti recently on our 27 Outs podcast.

Tomscha also talked more about his successful second year as a pro. He referenced working out and getting into shape, which were among the reasons for an even better 2015. Extra work with his hitting coach was among the vital aspects, including working to be more selective with his pitches. Tomscha’s preparation prior to the 2015 season speak to the maturity and work ethic that is needed to make it in this sport.

Among the goals that Damek has for himself, as he mentioned on the 27 Outs podcast, was that he is working this offseason to get stronger and leaner, while also working to develop more of a load in his swing to increase the pop in his at-bats.

Lastly, Tomscha aspires to make the All-Star team and post-season All-Star team of the Florida State League by the end of next season.

As fans look forward to the 2016 season, they should keep their eyes peeled on prospects such as Tomscha. The Philadelphia Phillies have a stud prospect in Tomscha, and we look for him to have further success everywhere he goes.

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