Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pham pulled a breakout season at age 29, and he and his agent are likely the only two people who saw it coming. A look at his minor-league numbers shows a guy who moved up the system at a very slow pace, hit for power just one year, stole bases in a few seasons but only hit for average here and there. He saw limited time in 2014 at the big-league level and then spent 2016 and 2017 on the short side of a platoon. Pham was finally given an opportunity to play regularly for the Cardinals last season and he thrived, hitting both righties (.310/.411/.511) and lefties (.292/.419/.552) while walking at a high rate (13.4 percent). He was also just as good in the second half as he was in the first half. Don't expect a 20-20 repeat, but Pham should be able to produce enough across the board to be worthwhile in even 10-team mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Cardinals in March of 2018. Traded to the Rays in July of 2018.
Knocks three hits
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2018
Pham went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's win over Toronto.
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Acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, Pham was electric with the Rays down the stretch. The 30-year-old finished with a .343 average and 1.070 OPS in 174 plate appearances with Tampa Bay. Overall, he scored 102 runs and drilled 21 homers during the 2018 season, and he'll enter next season having reached base safely in 32 consecutive games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .876 332 62 17 40 15 .273 .389 .487
Since 2016vs Right .857 951 161 36 113 27 .283 .376 .482
2018vs Left .877 141 32 6 15 7 .293 .411 .466
2018vs Right .815 429 70 15 48 8 .270 .352 .463
2017vs Left .964 119 21 7 16 8 .292 .412 .552
2017vs Right .922 411 74 16 57 17 .310 .411 .511
2016vs Left .734 72 9 4 9 0 .206 .306 .429
2016vs Right .784 111 17 5 8 2 .240 .336 .448
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .783 600 103 18 60 22 .254 .367 .416
Since 2016Away .930 683 120 35 93 20 .303 .389 .540
2018Home .784 265 48 9 25 7 .259 .358 .425
2018Away .870 305 54 12 38 8 .289 .374 .496
2017Home .798 246 43 6 28 14 .265 .388 .410
2017Away 1.042 284 52 17 45 11 .340 .431 .611
2016Home .737 89 12 3 7 1 .213 .337 .400
2016Away .788 94 14 6 10 1 .238 .312 .476
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How does Tommy Pham 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
0.48
 
BB Rate
11.8%
 
K Rate
24.6%
 
BABIP
.342
 
ISO
.188
 
AVG
.275
 
OBP
.367
 
SLG
.464
 
OPS
.830
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Following an oblique injury, Pham spent much of the season's first half at Triple-A Memphis before returning to the big club. Then, following the All-Star break, he struggled even further and hit to the tune of .219/.321/.421. When healthy, Pham showed neither the ability to be a reliable everyday player nor any semblance of plate discipline. He made contact on just 66.1 percent of his swings and struck out in nearly 40 percent of his plate appearances. Pham was also helpless against left-handed pitchers, who held the right-handed bat to a .206 batting average. He has an interesting combination of power and speed that could be useful to fantasy owners if he was ever given the strong side of an outfield platoon for a full season, but that does not seem likely in St. Louis after Dexter Fowler was signed to be the everyday center fielder going forward.
Pham turns 28 prior to the 2016 season but he finally got his first extended look at the major league level in the second half of 2015 and delivered nicely for the Cardinals and his fantasy owners alike, slashing .268/.347/.477. He also recorded 17 XBH, five of them triples, scoring 28 runs and swiping two bases. Pham provided solid defense in center field for the Cardinals and could be the team's top defensive reserve outfielder.
At age 26, Pham is a little too old to still be considered a prospect, but the outfielder hit well enough for Triple-A Memphis to earn a September callup to the Cardinals. He only made six appearances and received just two at-bats, striking out in both. It's extremely unlikely that Pham ever develops into a major league regular but it's certainly possible that he could carve out a role similar to the one Shane Robinson played in 2014; getting a few starts a month, but primarily used as a bat or glove off the bench. It's also just as likely that Pham could end up a career minor leaguer. Even though he hit well in 2014, his career slash line is a much less pleasant .253/.336/.408.
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No offseason surgery planned
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2018
Pham is not expected to require offseason surgery to address his groin and finger injuries, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Extends on-base streak to 31 games
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2018
Pham extended his on-base streak to 31 games by going 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.
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Keeps rolling in win
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 24, 2018
Pham went 1-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. He's now reached safely in a career-high 25 straight games.
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Lifts 20th homer
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 22, 2018
Pham went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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Drives in two runs in loss
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 20, 2018
Pham went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 9-8 loss to Toronto.
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