Trayce 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 was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The 26-year-old got off to a miserable start with Oklahoma City after missing the second half of last year with two fractures in his back, going 2-for-44 (.045 average) in April. He started coming on somewhat in May and June, but Thompson took a step back after the All-Star break and will likely be used sparingly the rest of the way, seeing just occasional at-bats against lefties.
Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. After posting a respectable 101 wRC+ last season, Thompson has struggled to find a groove at the plate in his limited opportunities this year. The outfielder currently sports an abysmal .116 average over his first 48 plate appearances and will look to iron out his offensive issues in the minors with the hopes of rejoining the big-league club later in the summer.
Thompson started in center and went 0-for-2 against the Marlins on Sunday. The 26-year-old has been struggling since being recalled from the minors June 27, batting just .160 (4-for-25) despite seeing the majority of his at-bats against southpaws. Thompson has been filling in for Franklin Gutierrez (back) as the Dodgers' platoon mate with Joc Pederson, but he runs the risk of losing playing time -- or possibly being demoted -- if he doesn't turn things around at the plate.
Thompson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Thompson flashed power upside through his first two stints in the majors and has been especially dangerous against southpaws with a .252 ISO and .356 wOBA entering this season. That's worth keeping in mind for daily contests. However, Thompson doesn't project to receive enough playing time to be a viable fantasy asset in the majority of settings.
Thompson got the start in right field in place of Yasiel Puig (knee/hamstring) on Tuesday, going 0-for-3 in a win over the Angels. Puig's injury doesn't sound serious, but Thompson stands to gain additional playing time if the Dodgers' regular right fielder is forced to miss additional time. The 26-year-old has yet to record a hit in 11 major-league at-bats this season, and he slashed a meager .211/.273/.377 over 62 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, so regular playing time wouldn't directly translate to fantasy value.