Outfielder Trayce Thompson Acquired By NY Yankees

Trayce Thompson. Photo by Peter Joneleit/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

New York Yankees have claimed outfielder Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thompson has been designated for assignment by the Dodgers a week ago.

He’s a guy who needs to go out there and play,” – said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts last week. “When he had his success here it was a two-month spurt when he got to play a lot, on a nightly basis, and we just didn’t see that for him right now. He did a lot of good things for us. … We obviously wish Trayce all the best.

New York Yankees have turned to Trayce Thompson after several of their starters in the outfield suffered injuries at the beginning of the season. They recently lost relief pitcher Ben Heller as well, being forced to transfer him to the 60-day disabled list.

Trayce Thompson entered the 2009 MLB Draft out of high school, where Chicago White Sox selected him in the second round. After playing over 150 games in the minors, the White Sox promoted him to the majors in August 2015 and traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers shortly after.

In the 2016 season, Thompson played the best baseball in his career, had 13 home runs, and 32 RBIs in 80 games with .225 batting average. Still, he didn’t manage to transfer that to 2017, where he had .122 batting average and appeared in 27 games.