Trayce Thompson

Trayce ThompsonPosition: OF
Born: 3/15/91
Ht: 6'4" Wt: 200 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 2nd Round in 2009 out of high school
Career Stats

 

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #9 - 2009 Postseason
  • #7 - 2010 Preseason
  • #7 - 2010 Midseason
  • #6 - 2010 Postseason
  • #3 - 2011 Midseason
  • #5 - 2012 Preseason
  • #7 - 2012 Midseason
  • #2 - 2013 Preseason
  • #3 - 2013 Midseason
  • #10 - 2014 Preseason

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

Accolades

  • 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game
  • 2012 White Sox Best Power Hitter (Baseball America)
  • 2012 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
  • 2012 AFL appearance
  • 2013 Southern League All-Star Game
  • 2014 White Sox Best Athlete (Baseball America)
  • 2014 White Sox Best Defensive Outfielder (Baseball America)
  • 2014 Southern League All-Star Game

Scouting report

You could argue Thompson has the highest upside of anyone in the entire White Sox system. He has everything scouts love: spectacular athleticism, a projectable frame and the talent to be a five-tool player. He has shown big time power and a decent walk rate along with good speed and the ability to play a solid centerfield. The only thing keeping him from being an elite prospect is his tendency to strike out due to a long swing. He does have very good bat speed though. Defensively he can play centerfield, but his bat should allow for him to move to right. He has good arm strength and speed, which makes him project nicely as an above-average everyday rightfielder. His rough pro debut in 2009, which was only 32 games, was a sign of how raw he was when drafted. Since then he has shown steady improvement in his game and reportedly has a positive work ethic. He had a strong start in Kannapolis in 2010 before a broken right thumb in May forced him to miss half the season. Between 2011 and 2012 Thompson blasted 49 homers and in 2012 he showed notable improvement in contact rate, making it by far his best season as a pro while moving into the upper levels of the minors. He started the year at High-A and finished in AAA. 2013 was a bit of a down year and the continued red flag of contact rate became more of a talking point after Thompson posted a .704 OPS in AA as a 22-year-old. Thompson comes from an athletic family; his dad, Mychal, played in the NBA, oldest brother, Mychel, played hoops at Pepperdine and middle brother, Klay, was a lottery pick of the Golden State Warriors in 2011.

Major League Outlook: Power-hitting rightfielder
ETA: 2015

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