The Dodgers brought on Trayce Thompson as a way to help fill in the gaps with Mookie Betts out. There was never any hope that he would post a 150 wRC+, crush a bunch of homeruns, or be the superstar that Mookie has been in his career.
But what he does bring is athleticism and the ability to cover ground in the outfield. It also stops the Dodgers from using guys in the outfield who don’t play there very often. you can look to Eddy Alvarez’s shaky defense out there for reference.
But on Wednesday afternoon, Thompson reminded Dodgers fans what he is capable of. He took a hanging curveball from Reds pitcher Art Warren and parked it up in the second deck at Great American Ballpark. It was his first homerun of the season and his second extra-base hit of the series.
Left no Trayce. pic.twitter.com/ryrxE0jP1d
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 23, 2022
Thompson was showing signs of power at Triple-A this season, something the Dodgers liked about him when he was with the organization. And if he can continue this sort of power offense from the right side of the plate, Los Angeles will be in a very good position while Mookie heals up from his cracked rib.
Sure, it’s just one homerun, in one game, in a relatively meaningless series against the Reds. But it’s encouraging nonetheless. At the very least, just be excited that the Dodgers literally only had to give up cash considerations to bring in Klay’s brother. What an exciting fill-in guy.