When your family business is nothing but basketball, you have a hard time venturing away from that comfort zone and finding your own niche or thing that you are passionate about. But in the case of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson, he has always wanted to be a baseball player.
Thompson’s brothers and his father both went into the basketball business, so you can see how enticing of a thing that would be for a kid who only knew that sport growing up. Trayce, though, knew what he wanted to be from the get-go, and he’s used that to fuel a big league career that looks promising.
“Ever since T-ball, I couldn’t get him to put a bat down,” says Trayce’s father, Mychal Thompson. “Like my other sons, he played all sports growing up. But even during football and basketball seasons, between those games he’d be outside pretending to be a major leaguer. He was always swinging a bat. Just like basketball was it for Klay and Mychel, baseball was his game.”
The outfielder hit .295 in 135 plate appearances with the Chicago White Sox last season before being traded to Los Angeles this offseason. He also slugged five home runs. According to MLB Pipeline, Thompson is the team’s 15th best prospect right now, and he is a pretty solid prospect to have.
There’s no telling what Trayce Thompson could turn into as a far as being a Major League level player goes, but he’s been going against the grain for most of his life when it comes to sports. If he keeps along this path, he’ll continue carving out his own little corner of the market where only he can flourish. He definitely has that talent.