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Trayce Thompson

#21 | OF
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Trayce Thompson
Name: Trayce Nikolas Thompson
Born: Mar 15, 1991 in Ladera Ranch, Calif. USA
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 217 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (61st overall) by the Chicago White Sox in 2009 (signed for $625,000)
Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, the former NBA star who played on several Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship clubs in the 1980s, and the bloodlines show. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, Thompson has terrific bat speed, and his future power potential is exciting. He has a great frame that's both athletic and projectable, and his arm strength is impressive. The primary drawbacks are his instincts and feel for the game. He has the look of a player who is relatively new to baseball and is still learning the basics. He often hesitates in the outfield and won't attempt to throw out runners trying to advance, or will defer to other fielders on balls hit in the gaps. Thompson generates terrific bat speed, but his swing is long on the back end and his timing is affected by his habit of pulling out his front side too quickly. Thompson's selection in this draft would be made on potential alone. If he goes to UCLA, develops his skills and gains experience, he would likely be a much higher pick in 2012.
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