THOMAS, MIRANDA SIGN MINOR LEAGUE DEALS WITH THE BRAVES

RICHMOND, Va. – Two former VCU baseball players both signed minor league contracts with the Atlanta Braves over the past week. LHP Ian Thomas and infielder Sergio Miranda have both been assigned to the Rome Braves, the Class A affiliate.

Thomas, who finished his VCU career in 2009, was pitching for York Revolution an Independent League team at the time of his signing. The lefty has been converted into a reliever, and made nine appearances with the Revolution striking out 12 and had a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings.  This is Thomas' first contract with a Major League organization

Miranda signed with Braves after being released by the Brewers organization earlier this year. Miranda now signs on with his third club after being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 13th round in 2007. Last season he spent in Double A with the Huntsville Stars and hit .270 with 16 doubles and 39 RBI.

Miranda has already played in four games with the Rome Braves, with two doubles and two RBI's. Thomas, who signed on Sunday, has not made an appearance yet.

The two former Rams could play together as early as tonight when the Rome Braves face off against the Augusta Green Jackets.

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