Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pham began the 2018 season where the 2017 season left off, hitting .358 in April. He proceeded to hit .197 over the next two months while playing through a troublesome groin strain that was not serious enough to put him on the disabled list. The struggles led to frustrations on his part and he got into terrible habits at the plate which led to expanding his strike zone to chase pitches he could not do much with. Pham was still stinging balls in the zone, and Tampa Bay noticed that and made the surprising acquisition of Pham at the trade deadline. Pham had the fifth-highest wOBA in baseball over the final two months of the season, trailing only Christian Yelich, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Justin Turner. The talent is there for Pham to be a top-50 player, but the lack of a health track record should prevent you from overreaching for what was a phenomenal final two months of hitting after the trade. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Rays in February of 2019 after winning arbitration hearing.
Wins arbitration case
OFTampa Bay Rays
February 5, 2019
Pham will receive a $4.1 million salary in 2019 after winning his arbitration hearing, Juan Toribio of reports.
Pham emerged victorious in his first arbitration hearing and will earn a $3.5 million raise from 2018 as a result. The outfielder, who was traded from the Cardinals to the Rays in July of 2018, wound up hitting a combined .275/.367/.464 with 21 homers and 15 stolen bases in 137 games between both stops.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
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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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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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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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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