Trayce Nikolas Thompson (born March 15, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago White Sox.
Early career Edit
Thompson attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and committed to play college baseball for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Professional career Edit
Minor leagues Edit
The Chicago White Sox selected Thompson in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft, and he signed rather than enroll at UCLA. Thompson started his baseball career in 2009 at the Rookie level with the Bristol White Sox and Great Falls Voyagers. In 2009 combined, Thompson hit .198 in 106 at-bats. In 2010, Thompson played the whole season for the Kannapolis Intimidators of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 2010, Thompson hit .229 in 210 at-bats. In 2011, Thompson again played the whole season with Kannapolis hitting .241 in 519 at-bats. In 2012, Thompson moved up to through the White Sox farm system starting with the Winston-Salem Dash of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, then moved up to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern Leagueand the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League. In 2012, Thompson hit a combined .253 in 517 at-bats. Before the 2013 season, Thompson was ranked the White Sox #2 prospect. Thompson spent the entire 2013 season at Double-A Birmingham where he hit .229 in 507 at bats.
Chicago White Sox Edit
Thompson was added to the White Sox' 40-man roster on November 20, 2013. The White Sox promoted Thompson to the major leagues on August 3, 2015, and he made his debut the next day. He hit his first major league home run on August 11 against Hector Santiago.
Los Angeles Dodgers Edit
On December 16, 2015, Thompson, along with Micah Johnson and Frankie Montas, were traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a three team trade that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox and José Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds. He made the Dodgers' 2016 opening day roster. He played in 80 games for the Dodgers, hitting .225 with 13 homers and 32 RBI. He was placed on the disabled list on July 16 with a sore back. When his injury did not respond to treatment, he underwent an X-Ray which revealed that he had multiple fractures in his back, which kept him out of action for the rest of the season.
After recovering from his injuries, Thompson was optioned to the Oklahoma City Dodgers to begin the 2017 season.Ultimately, he played in 95 games for the Oklahoma City club and 27 for the senior club. In his big-league appearances in 2017, he batted .122 with a .483 OPS and 2 RBIs.
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