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Is Trayce Thompson the Next Mike Stanton?

August 19, 2009 BY ALEX EISENBERG One Comment

Is Trayce Thompson — the 3rd pick by the Chicago White Sox this year — the next Mike Stanton? Probably not. But I admit Mike Stanton was the first player to cross my mind when I watched Thompson.

I mean, you can see enormous power potential from Thompson with each swing. He has an ideal frame with room to add more weight and muscle mass without losing much of his present speed. His bat speed is tremendous. The swing itself looks similar to Stanton’s, particularly how the back leg rotates forward. And when Thompson gets a hold of one, the ball goes a long, long way.

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*Credit to the MLB Scouting Bureau

There are many red flags for Thompson, however. While he displayed massive power, he only hit .333 and had more strike outs than walks, a huge red flag for a high school hitter. His swing is long and he doesn’t have the timing of his swing down yet. High level hitters are able to consistently repeat their swing through a countless number of repetitions.

So Thompson is an extremely raw product, much like Stanton was out of high school. And the track records for players like Stanton are very poor. However, like Stanton, Thompson has only recently started focusing on baseball and that could make a big difference. Florida ended up striking gold and that’s exactly what the White Sox will be looking to do with Thompson.

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