Eric Thames
Eric Thames
31-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Brewers in November of 2016. Contract includes a fourth-year team option for the 2020 season.
Takes seat Thursday
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August 30, 2018
Thames is out of the starting nine against Cincinnati on Thursday.
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Thames will continue to spend a majority of his time out of the lineup as Ryan Braun gets a start in left field for the matinee. A lack of productivity hasn't helped Thames earn more plate appearances, as he's just 4-for-40 with 24 strikeouts across 18 games this month.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+41%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .653 140 15 7 14 2 .183 .264 .389
Since 2016vs Right .887 682 108 40 86 9 .250 .358 .529
2018vs Left .612 29 2 1 3 1 .185 .241 .370
2018vs Right .805 242 38 15 34 6 .224 .314 .491
2017vs Left .664 111 13 6 11 1 .182 .270 .394
2017vs Right .933 440 70 25 52 3 .265 .382 .551
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .895 422 62 31 64 6 .242 .353 .542
Since 2016Away .796 400 61 16 36 5 .234 .330 .466
2018Home .846 143 19 11 26 3 .234 .315 .531
2018Away .713 128 21 5 11 4 .204 .297 .416
2017Home .920 279 43 20 38 3 .246 .373 .547
2017Away .835 272 40 11 25 1 .249 .346 .489
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.30
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
34.6%
 
BABIP
.280
 
ISO
.256
 
AVG
.219
 
OBP
.305
 
SLG
.475
 
OPS
.780
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Playing time dwindling
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August 28, 2018
Thames is out of the lineup Tuesday for the seventh time in the Brewers' last nine games.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
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August 26, 2018
Thames is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates.
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Not in Friday's lineup
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August 24, 2018
Thames is out of the lineup against Pittsburgh on Friday.
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On bench Wednesday
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August 22, 2018
Thames is not in the lineup versus the Reds on Wednesday.
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Returns to lineup
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August 21, 2018
Thames (knee) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.
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