Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham
31-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
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$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Rays in February of 2019 after winning arbitration hearing.
Launches 21st homer
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 27, 2019
Pham went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Blue Jays on Friday.
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Pham kicked off the scoring in this one with a two-run blast over the fence in left field, and the Rays would go on to win 6-2, securing a postseason berth. Friday's home run is Pham's first since Aug. 31.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
75
16
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
46
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .929 457 80 16 43 23 .313 .435 .493
Since 2017vs Right .831 1297 194 49 161 42 .274 .361 .469
2019vs Left .945 197 27 3 12 8 .340 .467 .478
2019vs Right .765 457 50 18 56 17 .248 .326 .439
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .803 842 127 26 86 35 .265 .373 .430
Since 2017Away .903 912 147 39 118 30 .300 .387 .516
2019Home .822 331 36 11 33 14 .271 .375 .447
2019Away .815 323 41 10 35 11 .276 .362 .452
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.66
 
BB Rate
12.4%
 
K Rate
18.8%
 
BABIP
.316
 
ISO
.176
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.369
 
SLG
.450
 
OPS
.818
 
wOBA
.360
 
Exit Velocity
90.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.6%
 
Barrels/PA
4.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Not in Wednesday's lineup
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 25, 2019
Pham is not starting Wednesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Spectacular night in win
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 19, 2019
Pham went 5-for-6 with a two-run double, another double, a stolen base and three runs in an extra-innings win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.
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Hampered by multiple injuries
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 18, 2019
Pham, who went 0-for-5 in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, is significantly hampered by hand and elbow injuries that would sideline him were the Rays not in the playoff hunt, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He wants to be out there, we want him out there, we've got to continue a do a good job of managing his workload, the treatment and rehab everything,'' manager Kevin Cash said.
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Plays table-setting role in win
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 14, 2019
Pham went 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout, a walk, a stolen base and two runs in a win over the Angels on Friday.
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Doubles in return to action
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 12, 2019
Pham (elbow) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
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