Trayce Thompson

Trayce Thompson

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Thompson looked to be headed toward a forgettable 2022 campaign when he went 1-for-14 in an early-season stint with the Padres and was consequently designated for assignment. He latched on with the Tigers in May but didn't see any additional MLB action until the Dodgers traded for him in June. The acquisition proved to be fruitful for Los Angeles, as Thompson clubbed 13 homers, slashed .268/.364/.537 and posted a 153 wRC+ over 75 regular-season games with the club. The Dodgers were impressed enough with Thompson to include him in the starting lineup for all four of their playoff games, though he went just 2-for-13 with six strikeouts and three walks. Despite his breakthrough half-season, it's unlikely that Thompson is lined up to become a true late-career Cinderella story given his flaws at the plate -- most glaringly, he registered a 36.5 percent strikeout rate and hit just .174 against southpaws on the campaign. There's a good chance he'll remain with Los Angeles in 2023, but given his lack of sustained MLB success, Thompson's most likely fit is as a fourth outfielder and occasional DH. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.45 million contract with the Dodgers in January of 2023.
Inks one-year deal
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
January 13, 2023
Thompson and the Dodgers agreed on a one-year, $1.45 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
The outfielder compiled a .256 average with 13 homers, 41 RBI, 36 runs and four stolen bases over 219 at-bats with the Padres and Dodgers in 2022. Thompson has a clear path to a starting spot in the Dodgers' outfield based on the current depth chart, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team add a higher-profile option before Opening Day and bump him to the bench.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
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5
5
8
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+63%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+272%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .784 113 14 6 19 1 .212 .310 .475
Since 2020vs Right .957 177 28 11 31 5 .284 .390 .568
2022vs Left .621 96 10 3 11 0 .174 .260 .360
2022vs Right 1.010 159 26 10 30 4 .308 .409 .602
2021vs Left 1.819 17 4 3 8 1 .462 .588 1.231
2021vs Right .489 18 2 1 1 1 .067 .222 .267
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+44%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+226%
OPS on Road
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .962 142 23 7 24 1 .280 .394 .568
Since 2020Away .820 148 19 10 26 5 .233 .324 .496
2022Home 1.022 125 21 6 23 1 .308 .416 .606
2022Away .710 130 15 7 18 3 .209 .292 .417
2021Home .521 17 2 1 1 0 .071 .235 .286
2021Away 1.698 18 4 3 8 2 .429 .556 1.143
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Trayce Thompson 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
0.34
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
36.5%
 
BABIP
.374
 
ISO
.251
 
AVG
.256
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.507
 
OPS
.860
 
wOBA
.373
 
Exit Velocity
92.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.2%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
Expected BA
.251
 
Expected SLG
.496
 
Sprint Speed
23.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
31.3%
 
Line Drive %
29.7%
 
Fly Ball %
39.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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This is how Thompson's season started: designated for assignment by the Dodgers in late March, claimed by the Yankees, claimed by Oakland, DFA'd by Oakland, traded to the White Sox. That all took place in a little over three weeks. The brother of Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, Trayce stayed put on the South Side for a while but struggled to a negative-4 wRC+ (yes, negative) and was designated for assignment yet again in late June. He did not return to the major leagues after that. Thompson has flashed exciting tools in the past, but he suffered two back fractures in 2016 and his career has never recovered. At this point, it doesn't look like Thompson will ever make enough contact to shed the Quad-A label (41.8 K% in 2017, 36.5% last season). He will at least get a look with the Indians as a non-roster invitee to spring training.
Thompson was on his way to becoming part of the outfield of the future in Los Angeles before two back fractures cost him the entire second half of the 2016 season. Thompson has hit just .168/.259/.335 since the injury in 66 major-league games. He never regained his form in the minors, either, as he managed just a .632 OPS for Triple-A Albuquerque following a demotion in 2017. The Dodgers are loaded with outfielders even if they don't make a splash with a trade or free-agent acquisition. Thompson's first 41 games of 2016, in which he hit .274/.336/.528 with 13 extra-base hits, suggest tantalizing potential, but with the Dodgers looking to repeat as National League champions in 2018, expect the team to make Thompson prove he has found that form in the minors before he gets another shot at a starting role in the bigs.
Thompson had the look of a difference-maker as an early-season pickup after he compiled a .270/.352/.603 line (.955 OPS) with six homers over 21 games in May, but a back injury suffered near the end of the month lingered through the second half and cut his season short as he did not appear in a game after July 10. Thompson was nearly split neutral in 2016, which bodes well for his chances of carving out a larger role this time around. In addition to the back injury, his rising strikeout rate as the season progressed is a cause for concern, as his hit tool has typically graded out as his worst offering, even though he offers a combination of power and speed necessary to be a valuable fantasy contributor, and the defensive prowess required to maintain a regular role even when he's battling through a slump at the plate. Barring a major change to the depth chart, Thompson will begin the season competing for playing time in the Dodgers' outfield.
When the White Sox recalled Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte, he had a reputation as a glove-first, athletic outfielder who could spell Avisail Garcia in right. So of course he posted an OPS near .900 through his first 40 MLB games and played Garcia into a platoon. Perhaps his emergence should not be too big of a surprise, as he flashed big power in the lower minors before succumbing to the strikeout bug at Double-A in 2013. He got his strikeout rate below 20 percent in 2015, and good things happened. He may not be able to sustain a high average, but his athleticism, power, and defense should make him a valuable fantasy contributor in time. Unfortunately, his path to 2016 playing time now has several roadblocks with the move to Los Angeles as part of a three-team trade in the offseason.
Thompson has become buried in the White Sox's organizational ranks behind newer prospects, but he remains an interesting minor league hitter. That is to say, he will remain interesting if he can ratchet down the strikeouts. He posted a .182 ISO and went 20-for-25 on the basepaths at Double-A Birmingham, but also struck out 151 times in 595 plate appearances. Thompson draws good reports for his defense and baserunning ability, so he could report to Triple-A Charlotte at some point in 2015, even if his batting average never rises.
Thompson's raw power propelled him through the White Sox's organization through his first three years of professional ball, but he hit a wall in 2013 at Double-A Birmingham despite repeating the level. His power/speed combination would be intriguing if he could ever correct his strikeout problem, and he has the potential to hit Chicago in the next season or two, but expect him to spend much of 2014 at Birmingham again, unless the White Sox decide he is ready for Triple-A competition.
Thompson may be the best power hitter coming through the White Sox's minor league system. He finished 2012 at Triple-A Charlotte after hitting 22 home runs earlier in the year at High-A Winston-Salem. His long swing continues to result in too many strikeouts (172 in 2012) to predict much contact at the major league level, but the power may be legitimate. He will have a chance to work on those issues over a full season at Charlotte in 2013.
Thompson exploded for 24 home runs and 36 doubles as a 20-year-old at Low-A Kannapolis in 2011. However, he also displayed some streaky tendencies and struck out 172 times in 519 at-bats. Thompson also had vastly greater success against left-handed pitchers (.951 OPS) than righties (.721), which is something he will have to improve upon as he ascends the minor leagues. He comes from an athletic family and possesses a lot of upside, but he is probably a few seasons away from sniffing the major leagues.
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Will start in Game 3
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
October 12, 2022
Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Thompson will start in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Padres on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Sits in regular-season finale
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
October 5, 2022
Thompson is out of the lineup for Wednesday's regular-season finale with the Rockies.
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Plates one in return
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2022
Thompson went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 10-1 win over the Rockies.
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Back in action Friday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2022
Thompson (personal) is starting at designated hitter and batting fifth Friday against the Rockies.
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Scratched for personal reasons
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Personal
September 29, 2022
Thompson was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Padres due to personal reasons, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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