Carl Thomore bio
Player: Carl Thomore
Jersey Number: 13
School: East Brunswick High School
Hometown: New Brunswick, N.J.
Height, Weight: 6-1, 220
Best Baseball Memory: Getting drafted
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Derek Jeter. He plays the game right and acts like a professional on and off the field.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My dad. He showed me how to deal with adversity.
Favorite Food: Ravioli.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Peanut butter sandwich.
Off-field hobbies: Call of Duty video game, ping-pong.
Favorite Movie or Book: “Gladiator.”
A new home for the Colorado Rockies Rookie-affiliate is like a new beginning for Carl Thomore.
The Grand Junction Rockies outfielder is back in Rookie ball for the second consecutive season after a disappointing start to his career last year in Casper, but he’s excited about it. He hit .192 with three home runs and 25 RBI last season.
“It’s cool because it’s not every day you see a team get this much attention,” Thomore said. “It’s cool to see how many people take notice. Casper has a lot of great people, but maybe don’t have the passion for it. You figure with all these seats here, we’re going to fill them most of the time, so it’s a good feeling.
“It’s got some history to it. I’m a fan of nostalgia. You can picture someone like Mickey Mantle playing here. That’s the cool part of it.”
Thomore was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft by the Colorado Rockies after a successful high school career in East Brunswick, N.J. He hit .493 with three home runs and stole 25 bases his senior season. He received a scholarship offer from NCAA Division I Rutgers University, but he turned it down when he was drafted by the Rockies.
“I’m from Jersey, and I started playing ball when I was 7,” Thomore said. “I worked hard every day and set little goals. I always told my dad I’m going to play Division I baseball. That became a goal, and I got a scholarship from Rutgers.
“So, what’s next? Professional baseball. In 2011, I got drafted in the second round by the Colorado Rockies, and now I’m here.”
Although it was a goal to get drafted, Thomore said he isn’t satisfied.
“Getting drafted is not a goal; it’s making it to the big leagues,” he said. “You can get drafted, and that’s great, but nobody wants to be a minor leaguer their whole life. I’m going to do everything I can to make it to the big leagues. That’s the mentality you have to have if you want to get there.”
As for now, Thomore is focused on doing the little things right.
“I don’t like to set goals for myself statistically speaking,” Thomore said. “I like to go out and set day to day goals, maybe take 10 more swings off the tee or trying to hit the cutoff guy in the chest every time. Little things like that will propel your game.”