Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham
32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
For the second time in three seasons, Pham joined the elusive 20-20 club, one of only nine batters to achieve the feat in 2019. Pham may never again match 2017's career-best campaign, but it's looking like he is less of an injury concern than when he first hit the scene. Pham's playing time has steadily increased every year, topping out at 145 games and 654 plate appearances last season. Even so, it's best to consider that the best-case scenario and plan on an IL stint or two. Pham's average exit velocity is 82nd percentile but he remains an extreme groundball hitter, capping his power, and he's now in a slightly worse park for right-handed power following a December trade to San Diego. His batted-ball profile usually yields a high BABIP (career .339), but last year he hit into some misfortune with a .316 mark. Fortunately, a career-low 18.8 K% helped compensate. He should hit high atop the Padres' order. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $7.9 million contract with the Padres in January of 2020.
Caps comeback with homer
OFSan Diego Padres
August 1, 2020
Pham went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and an additional RBI in Friday's 8-7 win over the Rockies.
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Pham couldn't have picked a better time to connect on his first home run of the season, as his long ball broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be decisive in the team's ninth-inning comeback. Pham pushed his hitting streak to three games -- he has now registered back-to-back multi-hit performances while racking up six RBI in that stretch.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+62%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .916 351 62 9 27 17 .322 .444 .472
Since 2018vs Right .778 933 124 34 112 28 .255 .337 .441
2020vs Left .916 13 3 0 0 2 .364 .462 .455
2020vs Right .566 47 4 1 8 3 .195 .298 .268
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+231%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .779 629 87 20 60 25 .257 .359 .420
Since 2018Away .850 655 99 23 79 20 .287 .373 .477
2020Home .316 33 3 0 2 4 .103 .212 .103
2020Away 1.047 27 4 1 6 1 .391 .481 .565
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
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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
0.70
 
BB Rate
11.7%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.268
 
ISO
.077
 
AVG
.231
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.308
 
OPS
.641
 
wOBA
.297
 
Exit Velocity
87.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.4%
 
Barrels/PA
7.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Three-hit effort versus Giants
OFSan Diego Padres
July 30, 2020
Pham went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles and two runs scored in Thursday's 12-7 extra-inning win over the Giants.
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Serving as DH on Wednesday
OFSan Diego Padres
July 29, 2020
Pham (groin) will bat cleanup as the designated hitter Wednesday against the Giants.
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Removal deemed precautionary
OFSan Diego Padres
Groin
July 29, 2020
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said after Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Giants that Pham is "fine" following an eighth-inning exit after being hit by a pitch in the groin, 97.3 The Fan San Diego reports.
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Exits after HBP
OFSan Diego Padres
Groin
July 28, 2020
Pham was removed from Tuesday's win over the Giants after being hit by a pitch in the groin area during the eighth inning.
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Two more stolen bases
OFSan Diego Padres
July 25, 2020
Pham went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and two stolen bases in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.
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