Matt Thaiss

Matt Thaiss

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Angels
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a $2.15 million contract with the Angels in June of 2016.
On bench against lefty
CLos Angeles Angels
October 5, 2022
Thaiss is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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The lefty-hitting Thaiss will take a seat for the second day in a row with southpaw Ken Waldichuk taking the mound for the Athletics. Matt Duffy will spell Thaiss at first base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
5
3
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+375%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+449%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .652 22 2 1 1 0 .167 .318 .333
Since 2020vs Right .595 92 11 2 8 1 .203 .304 .291
2022vs Left .154 13 0 0 0 0 .000 .154 .000
2022vs Right .732 68 9 2 8 1 .259 .353 .379
2021vs Left 1.167 3 1 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500
2021vs Right .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Left 1.500 6 1 1 1 0 .400 .500 1.000
2020vs Right .273 19 2 0 0 0 .063 .211 .063
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .636 58 8 1 6 1 .229 .345 .292
Since 2020Away .574 56 5 2 3 0 .163 .268 .306
2022Home .681 42 5 1 6 1 .235 .357 .324
2022Away .596 39 4 1 2 0 .200 .282 .314
2021Home .452 7 1 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167
2021Away .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Home .583 9 2 0 0 0 .250 .333 .250
2020Away .558 16 1 1 1 0 .077 .250 .308
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Stat Review
How does Matt Thaiss compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
13.6%
 
K Rate
29.6%
 
BABIP
.295
 
ISO
.101
 
AVG
.217
 
OBP
.321
 
SLG
.319
 
OPS
.640
 
wOBA
.288
 
Exit Velocity
88.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
21.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.7%
 
Expected BA
.212
 
Expected SLG
.325
 
Sprint Speed
22.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
56.5%
 
Line Drive %
13.0%
 
Fly Ball %
30.4%
 
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Thaiss was a late arrival to summer camp and later told reporters the delay was due to a positive COVID test in June. While Thaiss said he was asymptomatic throughout the subsequent quarantine period, it took several weeks for him to get the requisite two negative tests in 24 hours. Thaiss was on the expanded Opening Day roster regardless, but he hardly played and was optioned Aug. 6. He was brought back a month later and ran into a homer shortly thereafter, but then was hardly heard from again the rest of the year. Draw a line through his 2020 stat line as it means nothing, but plenty of holes in his swing were exposed in his 2019 sample (164 PA). Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton need to DH, Anthony Rendon was brought in last winter and Jared Walsh has leapfrogged Thaiss at the other corner-infield spot, at least for now. Thaiss was a first-round pick in 2016 and will be given more chances to succeed.
Thaiss made his major-league debut in July and saw a couple stretches of semi-consistent playing time in the second half, but overall he struggled with a .211/.293/.422 slash line in 53 games. He enjoyed a much more productive season at Triple-A with an .867 OPS, 14 home runs and a 59:64 BB:K. Strikeouts haven't been a significant problem throughout his minor-league career, so there should be room for improvement in the 31.7 K% he posted during his first taste of the big leagues. Thaiss can play both corner infield spots and had a .211 ISO and 10.8 BB% last season, but with Albert Pujols still owed big money and Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher both coming off quality seasons, he may be hard-pressed to find significant major-league opportunities in 2020.
Thaiss reached Triple-A for the first time last season, but his .277/.328/.457 line (good for a 102 wRC+) in 85 games was underwhelming for a first-base prospect. If he were still a catcher like he was in college, those would be promising numbers, but he's played nowhere but first in his professional career. He could possibly provide competent enough performances in a pinch for the Angels this season, but with Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Justin Bour already on the roster, it's hard to see Thaiss getting much of a look. Hope for improvement stems mostly from his patience in the batter's box. He walked an impressive 16.7% of the time in a 49-game sample at Double-A in 2017, and while that number cratered with the jump to Triple-A, he's had near-double-digit marks at every other full-season stop.
Thaiss is a catcher turned first baseman who turns 23 in May and has hit 15 home runs in 200 pro games. That wouldn't be an encouraging sign if he were a third baseman or corner outfielder, but as a first baseman or designated hitter, the bar is even higher. He walked at a 16.7 percent clip at Double-A last year, which is awesome, but he also posted a .096 ISO at that stop. There is no denying that he projects to get on base at a pretty solid clip, but that might be his only above-average offensive skill. Scouts have put 60s on his hit tool in the past, but his production in full-season ball has not matched that outlook. He is also not a defensive asset, so his glove won't be able to buy his bat developmental time. If he overhauled his swing with an emphasis on lofting the ball more, he could potentially tap into 20-homer power. Even in that optimistic scenario, he would struggle to ever finish as a top-15 fantasy first baseman.
Thaiss was an offensive-minded catcher at Virginia and the Angels thought enough of his bat that they drafted him with the 16th overall pick and immediately transitioned him to first base. Their evaluation appears to have been accurate, as he quickly earned a promotion from the Pioneer League to the Midwest League, posting a 129 wRC+ and 28:22 K:BB in 226 plate appearances against Low-A pitching. Thaiss will not offer light tower power, but he has enough pop to profile as a 25-homer threat in his prime years. A plus hitter who makes excellent contact and showed more of a willingness to work the count after his promotion, Thaiss could be a .300 hitter who walks at a 10 percent clip. That hit tool will be his money maker. If it reaches its plus projection, the game power will play to plus. If his hit tool falls short, he probably won't do enough with the bat to profile as a regular at first base.
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Absent from lineup Tuesday
CLos Angeles Angels
October 4, 2022
Thaiss isn't starting Tuesday against Oakland, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Takes seat Saturday
CLos Angeles Angels
October 1, 2022
Thaiss isn't starting Saturday against the Rangers, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Sitting again Friday
CLos Angeles Angels
September 23, 2022
Thaiss isn't starting Friday against the Twins.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
CLos Angeles Angels
September 22, 2022
Thaiss isn't starting Thursday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Poaching starts from Stassi
CLos Angeles Angels
September 21, 2022
Thaiss will start at catcher and bat sixth in Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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