Saturday, March 12, 2016
WSC Birth Years: Trayce Thompson
Born: March 15, 1991
Trayce was originally selected in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. Thompson moved up the ranks until he was called up on August 3, 2015. He made his MLB debut on August 4, 2015, pinch hitting for Adam Eaton in the bottom of the seventh in a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out to end the inning. Trayce would replace Eaton again in center field on August 7, 2015, where he would later get his first MLB hit against Royals starter Edinson Volquez to start the top of the sixth inning.
Thompson provided a much needed defensive boost to the White Sox outfield in the last two months of the 2015 season. Trayce was about to settle comfortably into a platoon outfielder role for the 2016 season, when he was involved in a three team trade. The Sox sent Thompson, Frankie Montas and Micah Johnson to the Los Angles Dodgers, while the Sox received Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds. Trayce appeared in forty-four games for the White Sox, batting .295, with five home runs and a .986 fielding percentage.