After missing the final three months of 2016 with a broken back, Trayce Thompson in 2017 was never able to match his early production from last season.
What went right
In May and June combined, Thompson hit .251/.310/.461 with eight home runs, eight doubles and four triples in 52 games between Triple-A Oklahoma City and the Dodgers.
Thompson was recalled to the majors three times in 2017 and appeared in 27 games with the Dodgers, including eight starts in center field, three starts in left field and once in right.
Thompson switched uniform numbers from 21 to open the year and 47 to end it, after Yu Darvish was acquired.
What went wrong
Thompson started the season with no hits in his first 38 at-bats between the majors and minors, including 0-for-30 with Triple-A and 0-for-8 with the Dodgers. After a single on Apr. 24, he followed with another 0-for-17 skid, starting his year 1-for-56.
After seemingly turning things around in May and June, Thompson’s final three months spiraled downhill again, with him hitting .193/.245/.310 in 50 games between OKC and Los Angeles down the stretch.
Thompson was recalled to the majors on Sept. 5 but appeared in only six of the final 25 games of the season, starting none while going 1-for-6 with a walk.
In 424 plate appearances between Triple-A and the majors, Thompson hit .201/.262/.351 with 10 home runs. Even with that 1-for-56 start removed, Thompson still hit just .232/.288/.407 the rest of the way.
The right-handed Thompson was just 2-for-25 (.080) with a triple and three walks against left-handed pitchers in the majors in 2017, and hit .181/.277/.241 against southpaws in the minors.
Stats: 6-for-49, .122/.218/.265, 1 HR in 55 PA
Game of the year
Thompson was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in a win over the Royals at Dodger Stadium on July 9.
Thompson has one year, 124 days of major league service time and is out of options, having used them in 2014, 2015 and 2017.