Trayce Thompson is the first of the two position players who weren’t with the Dodgers organization last year and made the big league club this season. The 25-year-old versatile outfielder was acquired as a part of a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds last December.
Thompson was thought to have a small chance of making the active roster, then his chances increased exponentially once Andre Ethier fouled a ball off his shin and fractured his tibia.
Thompson led the team in at-bats this spring with 75, but he hit just .213/.244/.400 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Over his first Major League experience last season, he played in 44 games with the White Sox, batting .295/.363/.533 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.
His versatility should lend to playing time at all three outfield positions while Ethier remains on the disabled list. Once Ethier recovers, Thompson presumably will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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