Eric Thames
Eric Thames
32-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Thames burst onto the fantasy scene in 2017, hitting 31 home runs in his first campaign stateside since 2012. He got off to a fast start last year as well, but he injured his thumb in April and missed almost two months, and when he returned, Jesus Aguilar had established himself as the Brewers’ regular first baseman. Thames found playing time hard to come by after that, and he really struggled in a part-time role, posting just a .565 OPS after the All-Star break. Thames still managed an .804 OPS against right-handers last season despite hitting .223, so he could find himself in some sort of platoon there for the Brewers in 2019. However, unless he makes more contact, he could have trouble holding onto even that job. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Brewers in November of 2016. Contract includes a 2020 team option.
Swats third homer
1BMilwaukee Brewers
April 19, 2019
Thames went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.
ANALYSIS
Erratic playing time has limited Thames' production so far, and while he does have three homers in 38 plate appearances, Friday's blast was his first while getting a chance to start. The 32-year-old sports a .257/.289/.514 slash line, but his 1:17 BB:K is a red flag.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
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#5
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#9
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2
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1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+126%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .691 146 16 8 17 2 .197 .274 .417
Since 2017vs Right .876 721 112 42 91 9 .247 .352 .523
2019vs Left 1.500 6 1 1 3 0 .500 .500 1.000
2019vs Right .664 32 3 2 5 0 .207 .250 .414
2018vs Left .612 29 2 1 3 1 .185 .241 .370
2018vs Right .804 249 39 15 34 6 .223 .313 .491
2017vs Left .664 111 13 6 11 1 .182 .270 .394
2017vs Right .933 440 70 25 52 3 .265 .382 .551
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+170%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .898 448 66 34 71 6 .244 .350 .548
Since 2017Away .786 419 62 16 37 5 .232 .327 .459
2019Home 1.029 24 4 3 7 0 .304 .333 .696
2019Away .381 14 0 0 1 0 .167 .214 .167
2018Home .833 145 19 11 26 3 .231 .310 .523
2018Away .728 133 22 5 11 4 .205 .301 .427
2017Home .920 279 43 20 38 3 .246 .373 .547
2017Away .835 272 40 11 25 1 .249 .346 .489
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How does Eric Thames compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.06
 
BB Rate
2.6%
 
K Rate
43.6%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.282
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.782
 
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No one really knew what to expect in Thames' first year in the big leagues since 2012, but he wasted little time showing what he was capable of, hitting 11 long balls in the season's first month. The 20 home runs he hit the rest of the way pale in comparison to his April total, but he still finished the year with respectable marks in both the on-base and slugging percentage categories. Thames was often subbed out last year against left-handed starters, but he was able to find some extra at-bats in the outfield, where he made 29 appearances. He will play about the same role at first base as he did last year, but the Brewers have better outfield depth than they did a year ago, so he may not see as much action there. Also, given the .789 OPS he posted from May onward, it will be a challenge for him to match the numbers he finished with a year ago. Thames had a productive return to MLB, but his fantasy prospects seem to be trending in the wrong direction heading into 2018.
Thames is returning from a three-year stint with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) to play for the Brewers. Thames posted video game numbers in Korea, particularly in 2015 when he slashed .381/.497/.790, with 47 home runs and 40 steals. He fell back to earth somewhat in 2016, but still posted a .317/.425/.676 line with 40 homers. Thames did have a sharp platoon split, however. The lefty hitting Thames did most of his damage in 2016 against righties, torching them for a .360 average and 28 home runs in 247 at-bats. The recent history of players transitioning from the KBO to MLB has been a mixed bag (Jung Ho Kang and Byungho Park), but Thames appears to be more confident and aggressive at the plate than he was during his previous time in MLB (where he had a career .727 OPS). He's set to play first base for the Brewers, but he could sit against some left-handed pitching.
Thames was claimed off waivers by the Astros in September, but he never saw the field as the club stuck with their younger outfielders down the stretch. Thames is still pretty young himself at age 27, and he possesses good on-base skills and decent power, but his success in the minors has not translated over a full season at the major league level thus far. Thames will look to sort things out in Korea after signing a deal with NC Dinos in December.
Thames came to Seattle from Toronto at the trade deadline and thrived at Safeco Field, posting a 1.044 OPS at home (58 AB) compared to .380 on the road (65 AB). Statistical anomaly in limited at-bats? Probably. More important is his lefty/righty split, which suggests a platoon future. It's a route the Mariners might have considered this season, but signing Raul Ibanez all but guarantees Thames won't be with the big-league club when camp breaks. Ultimately, Thames needs to improve his contract rate (.73 with Toronto, .63 with Seattle) for more consistency at the plate.
Thames got his well earned shot in May after a hot start at Triple-A Las Vegas and was up for good by June and seeing regular playing time. He hit 12 homers but struggled at times with the strike zone (88 strikeouts in 394 plate appearances) in his first exposure to the majors. His struggles against southpaws (.209 average, .637 OPS in 91 plate appearances) point to a platoon situation, potentially with Rajai Davis, as he tries to work his way into the picture in left field.
Thames enjoyed a breakout season at Double-A New Hampshire last year, hitting .286 with 27 homers in 130 games. He struggled against southpaws (.773 OPS) but handled righties well enough (.943 OPS) to warrant consideration as a nifty platoon mate down the road. He'll first need to prove that last year was no fluke after dealing with some injuries in the previous two seasons but bears watching.
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Receives start Sunday
1BMilwaukee Brewers
April 7, 2019
Thames is starting at first base and batting fifth Sunday against the Cubs.
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Hits pinch-hit homer
1BMilwaukee Brewers
April 6, 2019
Thames hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in Friday's victory over the Cubs.
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Bat heating up
1BMilwaukee Brewers
March 17, 2019
Thames is 7-for-20 with two home runs and five RBI across his last eight games.
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Homers in first game back
1BMilwaukee Brewers
March 6, 2019
Thames went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
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Rejoins lineup
1BMilwaukee Brewers
March 6, 2019
Thames (foot) will start at first base and bat fifth in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
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