Charlotte Knights In Focus: Trayce Thompson
Trayce Thompson got a glimpse of Triple-A baseball a season ago. This year, Charlotte Knights’ fans are hopeful they will see plenty of the White Sox number two prospect and featured player in this week’s In Focus series.
Thompson, a 21-year-old electrifying center fielder, had a breakout season last year for Winston-Salem as he led the Carolina League in home runs (22), extra-base hits (55) and RBI (90) before late season promotions to Birmingham (AA) and Charlotte. While a member of the Knights, Thompson played in just six regular season games before starting every postseason contest as the Knights fell in the Governors’ Cup finals to Pawtucket.
“It was a good year, I expected a little more out of myself in the first half and I came around a little bit in the second half,” Thompson said in an interview with Tyler Emerick of MLB.com. “It was a successful year, though. I learned a lot. There were peaks and valleys, but the end result, ending up in Triple-A and getting some playoff experience, I enjoyed that.”
In 2011, Thompson tore up the South Atlantic League hitting 24 homers while racking up 62 extra-base hits and scoring 95 runs for Kannapolis.
The second-round pick in 2009 out of Santa Margarita, Calif., not only has the talent to become a superstar but the bloodlines to back up that talent. His father is Mychal Thompson, the former number one overall pick in the 1978 draft by Portland and eventual two-time World Champion as a Laker. Meanwhile, his brothers, Mychel and Klay, have both played in the NBA. Most notably, Klay was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft and is averaging over 16 points a game this season for the Golden State Warriors.
White Sox Farm Director and former Knights manager Nick Capra sees the potential in the youngest Thompson saying he has a chance to be a superstar, but has to continue to get better each season.
Hopefully for Knights fans, Thompson stops in Charlotte for a few months on his way to the Major Leagues.