Trayce Thompson’s whirlwind beginning to the 2018 season has led him back to familiar territory. The 27-year-old outfielder returned to Dodger Stadium as a member of the Oakland Athletics, and he wasted no time getting some redemption on his former club during Oakland’s 16-6 win on Wednesday night.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson showed he has some pretty impressive hops too, leaping at the center field wall to take away a home run from Yasiel Puig.
— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) April 12, 2018
That had to feel really good.
Puig seemed convinced he’d hit a home run based on his stroll out of the batter’s box. Thompson obviously had other plans, and all Puig could do in response was tip his cap to his former teammate.
Big brother Klay was watching too, and he was pretty stoked.
Trayce's brother Klay is pretty stocked about this robbery.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 12, 2018
Thompson was acquired by the Dodgers on Dec. 15, 2015, in a three-team trade that involved the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. He was a contributor in 2016, hitting 13 homers and driving in 32 runs in 2016. Unfortunately, he was a non-factor in 2017, spending most of the season dealing with injuries.
He remained on the Dodgers 40-man roster until April 3, when he was selected off waivers by the New York Yankees. Two days later, he was selected off waivers again, this time by Oakland. He made his A’s debut on Tuesday, going 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter. He was 1 for 5 at the plate on Wednesday.
Thompson doesn’t have a ton of upside at this stage in his career, but he’s a good fit with a rebuilding team like Oakland. If he can rebuild some value in their uniform, perhaps a contender will come looking for him again down the road. If he keeps making plays like this one, it will only be a matter of time.
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