Bubba Thompson

Bubba Thompson

26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It's been a busy offseason for Thompson, who started 2023 with Texas and has been with four organizations since August. The Reds claimed him off waivers from Kansas City in October, then designated him in December to make room on the 40-man roster for re-signed reliever Buck Farmer. The Yankees then pounced on the available outfielder and added him to their 40-man. Aside from his MLB-ready defense, Thompson brings speed, and a lot of it. He stole 18 bags in 55 games for the Rangers in 2022 - fueled by an elevated BABIP - which was helpful to fantasy managers. The Reds saw a right-handed bat that could be added to a lefty-dominant outfield, while New York envisions the potential havoc Thompson would create on the base paths. All that would be needed is a competent bat and an ability to draw walks. Unfortunately, Thompson showed neither skill last season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2024.
Outrighted to Double-A
OFCincinnati Reds  AA
May 25, 2024
Thompson cleared waivers Saturday and was sent outright to Double-A Chattanooga, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Thompson was pushed off the 40-man roster Thursday but will remain within the Reds organization after going unclaimed off waivers. He is slashing .200/.243/.314/ across 37 plate appearances since being sent down to Double-A and could reach Triple-A if his hitting improves, though a return to the big leagues seems unlikely at the moment.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+97%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .450 104 9 1 3 9 .161 .235 .215
Since 2022vs Right .643 155 24 0 10 18 .277 .299 .345
2024vs Left .357 14 1 0 0 1 .143 .143 .214
2024vs Right .000 4 4 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
2023vs Left .349 31 3 0 0 3 .115 .233 .115
2023vs Right .686 29 7 0 4 1 .222 .241 .444
2022vs Left .523 59 5 1 3 5 .189 .259 .264
2022vs Right .656 122 13 0 6 13 .299 .322 .333
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+46%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .573 138 12 1 9 12 .241 .250 .323
Since 2022Away .559 121 21 0 4 15 .222 .300 .259
2024Home .333 15 3 0 0 3 .133 .133 .200
2024Away .000 3 2 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
2023Home .428 32 3 0 2 0 .167 .161 .267
2023Away .626 28 7 0 2 4 .174 .321 .304
2022Home .664 91 6 1 7 9 .284 .300 .364
2022Away .559 90 12 0 2 9 .244 .303 .256
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Stat Review
How does Bubba Thompson 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
61.1%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.056
 
AVG
.111
 
OBP
.111
 
SLG
.167
 
OPS
.278
 
wOBA
.120
 
Exit Velocity
85.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
14.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.6%
 
Expected BA
.176
 
Expected SLG
.271
 
Sprint Speed
27.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
57.1%
 
Line Drive %
28.6%
 
Fly Ball %
14.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Thompson was called up for his big-league debut in August and spent the final two months of the season as a lineup regular for Texas. The young outfielder finished with a .265/.302/.312 slash line, one home runs, nine RBI and 18 stolen bases in 55 games. He also had a 30.9 percent strikeout rate, which will need to be improved upon if he's going to stick in the lineup in 2023. Thompson was never a major power threat in the minors, but his .047 ISO during the first taste of the majors was comically low, and he had only six extra-base hits in 181 plate appearances. His average and speed in 2022 could provide some value across multiple categories, but he'll need to make better and stronger contact to have more staying power in the majors. Thompson should enter spring training with a strong chance to start Opening Day, at least.
Thompson missed close to two months with a fractured left hamate bone and made a second trip to the injured list in the summer, playing a total of 57 games with High-A Down East. The results on the field were downright ugly and his prospect stock is still tumbling as you read this. His athleticism is off the charts and the power-speed dream will keep him on a roster in most dynasty leagues for the foreseeable future, but Thompson's baseball skills are lacking at this stage. In particular, he struggles to put bat to ball with consistency. He struck out at a 31.6% clip in 2019, up from 28.7% at Low-A. Thompson inflicted very little damage when he did manage to make contact in 2019, posting an almost-impossibly-low 13.0 Hard%. Some of that was probably due to the hamate injury and Thompson did show a more discerning eye at the plate with a 9.2 BB%, but a bet on Thompson is a bet on raw tools over skills.
A two-sport athlete who could have played QB in the SEC, Thompson was popped by the Rangers at the back of the first round in 2017 and broke out as a top-100 fantasy prospect in 2018. His full-season debut was delayed five weeks due to a knee injury, and he understandably struggled early against Low-A pitching, hitting .252 with a 29.4 K% in his first 160 PA. He really took off when the calendar turned to July, hitting .319/.369/.481 with five home runs and 24 steals (on 30 attempts) in 47 games. Thompson still struck out in 28.1% of his plate appearances over that stretch while only walking 5.4% of the time, illustrating the lack of plate skills at this stage of his development. He has huge raw power, and should gradually get to more of it in games. There is a reasonable chance he gets exposed at High-A or Double-A. On the flipside, he legitimately has 30/30 upside, and could continue to improve as he moves up the ladder with more reps and instruction.
A classic Rangers pick, Thompson fell to 26th overall in last year’s draft due to concerns about his ability to hit. Like Nick Williams and Lewis Brinson before him, if he hits, he has the tools to be special. A two-sport star in high school, Thompson could have played quarterback in the SEC but opted for a first-round payday, netting a slightly under-slot $2.1 million bonus. He has classic center field tools, with 65-grade speed and good instincts. Thompson also has a chance to provide 25-plus homer power down the road, although he is in the nascent stage of tapping into that raw power in games. We still don’t have enough information to get a good gauge of what type of hitter he will be. There will likely be growing pains over the next couple years, but his upside will warrant patience in deeper dynasty leagues. Knee tendinitis limited Thompson to just 30 games in the AZL, so it’s unclear if he will be sent to Low-A or held back in extended spring training.
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Moves off 40-man roster
OFCincinnati Reds  AA
May 23, 2024
The Reds designated Thompson for assignment Thursday.
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Sent packing to minors
OFCincinnati Reds  AA
May 7, 2024
The Reds optioned Thompson to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
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Late insert to lineup
OFCincinnati Reds  AA
April 9, 2024
Thompson started in center field and went 1-for-4 with a double in Monday's 10-8 win over the Brewers.
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Makes first start
OFCincinnati Reds  AA
April 7, 2024
Thompson started in center field and went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets.
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Role being defined
OFCincinnati Reds  AA
April 2, 2024
Thompson entered as a pinch runner, stole a base and scored a run in Monday's 6-3 extra-inning win over the Phillies.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Best role is fourth outfielder?
OFTexas Rangers  AA
February 11, 2023
Kennedi Landry of MLB.com opines that Thompson's "best role" for the Rangers might be as a fourth outfielder or defensive replacement.
ANALYSIS
Thompson has the kind of raw speed that is always going to generate fantasy interest, but he'll need regular playing time to make those wheels matter. Landry notes that Brad Miller, Josh Smith, Ezequiel Duran, Jackson Frazier and Travis Jankowski will all be challenging for playing time in left field this spring in Rangers camp.
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