Lane Thomas
Lane Thomas
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It was reported in August that Thomas had tested positive for COVID-19. He returned to a reserve outfielder role at the end of the month, but Thomas simply could not provide the Cardinals with production, leaving the team little choice but to send him back to the alternate site Sept. 16. Thomas did not rejoin the club, but after a full offseason, he should be ready to compete for a roster spot in camp. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#597
ADP
$Traded to the Nationals in July of 2021.
Goes deep in loss
OFWashington Nationals
September 20, 2021
Thomas 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double, a walk and two runs in Monday's loss to the Marlins.
ANALYSIS
The outfielder walked and scored in the first inning before launching a solo shot off of Jesus Luzardo in the second inning. It was his sixth long ball of the year. Thomas has been red-hot lately, notching four multi-hit games in his last six contests. Over that stretch, he has batted .333 with two homers, seven RBI and seven runs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
1
4
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
1
2
1
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+77%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+115%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+102%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left 1.136 84 19 2 10 1 .394 .488 .648
Since 2019vs Right .641 204 19 9 28 4 .175 .279 .362
2021vs Left 1.246 65 17 1 7 1 .442 .554 .692
2021vs Right .579 139 10 5 17 3 .164 .259 .320
2020vs Left .250 8 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125
2020vs Right .504 32 4 1 2 0 .107 .219 .286
2019vs Left 1.182 11 1 1 3 0 .364 .364 .818
2019vs Right 1.054 33 5 3 9 1 .296 .424 .630
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .869 140 18 8 26 2 .276 .357 .512
Since 2019Away .700 148 20 3 12 3 .200 .324 .376
2021Home .836 101 13 4 14 1 .287 .376 .460
2021Away .732 103 14 2 10 3 .207 .330 .402
2020Home .487 13 1 1 2 0 .083 .154 .333
2020Away .431 27 4 0 0 0 .125 .222 .208
2019Home 1.176 26 4 3 10 1 .333 .385 .792
2019Away .944 18 2 1 2 0 .286 .444 .500
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Stat Review
How does Lane Thomas 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
0.62
 
BB Rate
14.2%
 
K Rate
23.0%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.184
 
AVG
.247
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.431
 
OPS
.784
 
wOBA
.345
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.4%
 
Barrels/PA
4.5%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thomas is one of 118 players in the history of MLB to hit a home run in their first major-league at-bat. He joined the St. Louis organization after being dealt from Toronto in exchange for international cap space. As Thomas has worked his way up the chain, he has positioned himself as the next candidate for Cardinals Devil Magic to strike where a seemingly average player performs at a higher level than his projections say he will. He doesn't have a great offensive profile, but will accept his walks and use his speed to take extra bases and swipe bases. The depth chart in front of him got a little less crowded after a couple outfielders were traded to Tampa Bay this offseason. There could eventually be an opportunity for Thomas to show what he can do with semi-regular work. He is a potential 15-20 steal guy with enough playing time.
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Productive in loss
OFWashington Nationals
September 17, 2021
Thomas went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, a walk and two total runs scored in Friday's 9-8 loss to Colorado.
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Scores twice, drives in one
OFWashington Nationals
September 14, 2021
Thomas went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, a double and a walk Tuesday against the Marlins.
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Crushes three-run shot
OFWashington Nationals
September 12, 2021
Thomas went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 6-2 win over Pittsburgh.
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Swipes fourth base
OFWashington Nationals
September 8, 2021
Thomas went 0-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over Atlanta. He was also caught stealing.
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Clubs third homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 5, 2021
Thomas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Mets.
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