Thaiss started at catcher for Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Per Ardaya, the last time Thaiss served as backstop in a game was during his final collegiate season at Virginia in 2016. It's not clear whether Saturday's appearance behind the dish was simply an experiment or part of a broader effort to expand the organization's catching depth. For what it's worth, the Angels recently traded for journeyman backstop Drew Butera after temporarily losing the services of Max Stassi (concussion) and Anthony Bemboom (back).
Thaiss was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
Thaiss got work at several defensive positions this spring but was unable to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 25-year-old appeared in 11 Cactus League games and went 2-for-17 with a double, one run, one walk and eight strikeouts.
Thaiss will get work at first base, third base and the corner outfield during spring training, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Thaiss played in only eight games for the Angels last season but saw time at four different defensive positions (first base, second base, third base and left field). He doesn't have a clear path to playing time in 2021, so his ability to garner at-bats will likely be tied to his versatility. Thaiss has posted a .202 average and 60 strikeouts in 189 career plate appearances.
Thaiss was optioned to the alternate training site Wednesday.
The 25-year-old received three straight starts after being recalled Sept. 8, but he didn't see the field in the past three contests. Thaiss is 3-for-21 with one home run, eight strikeouts and four walks in 25 plate appearances this year.
Thaiss is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
He'll be on the bench for the third straight game, and Thaiss is expected to stick in a reserve role for the foreseeable future after the Angels brought back David Fletcher (ankle) from the injured list Saturday. Thaiss has appeared in eight games with the big club this season, going 3-for-21 with a home run.
Thaiss will serve as the Angels' designated hitter and will bat second Thursday against the Rangers, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Thaiss will pick up his third straight start after assignments at second base Tuesday and in left field Wednesday. With David Fletcher (ankle) and Franklin Barreto (shoulder) on the shelf, the keystone likely represents Thaiss' most realistic path to consistent action in the short term. The lefty-hitting Thaiss could occupy the larger side of a platoon at the position with the switch-hitting Luis Rengifo.
Thaiss went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run Wednesday against the Rangers.
Thaiss took Brett Martin yard in the seventh inning for his first home run of the season. He's spent the majority of the campaign at the team's alternate site and is likely to only serve as depth around the infield. However, it is worth noting that the Angels outfield is banged up and Thaiss earned the start in left field Wednesday.
Thaiss was recalled and will start Tuesday against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Thaiss was called up to fill in at second base for the Angels after Franklin Barreto (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Luis Rengifo (thumb) could be the favorite for playing time when he's healthy, but Thaiss will get the starting nod Tuesday while Rengifo remains day-to-day. Thaiss appeared in five major-league games earlier in the season and went 2-for-10 with two runs and three strikeouts.
Thaiss was optioned to the team's alternate camp site Thursday.
Thaiss has appeared in five games for the Angels this season (starting three), going 2-for-10 with a pair of runs scored. He'll move to Los Angeles' satellite camp with the team shaving its roster size down to 28.
Thaiss told reporters Thursday that his late arrival to summer camp was due to a positive test for the coronavirus in June, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Thaiss noted that he was asymptomatic during the length of his self-quarantine, but it took nearly 30 days for him to register negative tests at least 24 hours apart. That kept him from reporting to summer camp until July 12, and the reserve infielder has been attempting to make up for lost time since. While Thaiss indicated that he was very limited in terms of baseball activity while isolated in his apartment, he also expressed optimism about his ability to be ready to play by Opening Day. The 25-year-old is expected to serve primarily as a backup to Albert Pujols at first base this season.
Thaiss (undisclosed) arrived at the Angels' camp Sunday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Thaiss wasn't at camp for the first several days for an undisclosed reason, but his presence with the team signals that he's cleared intake testing and will be able to partake in team activities. Thaiss is expected to serve as a reserve corner infielder for the Angels this season. It's unclear whether he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Manager Joe Maddon confirmed Sunday that Thaiss has yet to join the Angels for summer camp, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Maddon noted that he couldn't specify why Thaiss was absent from camp, leaving the 25-year-old's availability for Opening Day in late July in uncertainty at the moment. Before MLB suspended its season in mid-March, Thaiss had been well positioned to win a spot on the Angels' Opening Day roster as a reserve corner infielder.
Thaiss is expected to claim a roster spot as the Angels' backup first baseman, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Thaiss entered spring training in a competition with Jared Walsh to back up Albert Pujols. While Walsh hit just .150 in Cactus League play, Thaiss batted .269 and drove in five runs. That figures to make him the favorite to land one of the club's final two roster spots, especially since Tommy La Stella -- initially expected to spend some time at first base this season -- did not log any reps at the position during spring training.
Thaiss is hitting .278 (5-for-18) with a home run and five RBI in Cactus League play.
Thaiss hit only .211 in 147 major-league at-bats last season, but he has consistently shown good hitting skills in the minors while his power has begun to emerge over the last two seasons. The 24-year-old won't have an everyday role with the Angels to begin the campaign, but his ability to play both corner infield positions could help him nail down a spot on the big-league roster.
Thaiss will get the majority of his work at first base, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Although Thaiss spent time in the Dominican Republic this winter working at third base, the signing of Anthony Rendon has rendered the 24-year-old's services at the hot corner mostly unnecessary. Instead, Thaiss will focus on improving at first base, where he logged 13 games (as opposed to 43 games at third base) last season.
Thaiss went 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and four RBI in Sunday's loss to Houston.
Thaiss got the Angels on the board with a solo blast to center field in the third inning, slugged a two-run shot in the sixth, and capped the scoring with an RBI double in the eighth. The long balls snapped a 23-game homerless streak while the four runs batted in tied Thaiss's career high. The 24-year-old finishes his first major-league campaign with a .211/.293/.422 slash line, eight homers and 23 RBI in 53 games. He'll prepare for 2020 by working on his skills at third base while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic during the offseason.
Thaiss is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.
The 24-year-old has been splitting time at third base with Kaleb Cowart over the last week, and the latter receives the starting nod Saturday. Thaiss has a .196/.281/.364 slash line in 160 major-league appearances this season.
Thaiss will head to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball during the major-league offseason, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Thaiss will use his time in the Dominican Republic to continue working on his skills at third base. The 24-year-old has appeared in 51 games for the Angels this season, hitting .193 with six homers and 19 RBI in 140 at-bats.
Thaiss is not in the lineup Thursday against the Astros.
Thaiss will head to the bench for a second straight game with a left-hander in Wade Miley starting for the Astros on Thursday. Kaleb Cowart is once again starting at third base in his place, hitting eighth.
Thaiss is not starting Wednesday against the Athletics.
Thaiss is slashing .180/.281/.240 with three doubles and one RBI in his past 20 games. He'll give way to Kaleb Cowart at the hot corner in this one.
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