Is a 2009 graduate of Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., where he played baseball and basketball...committed to play baseball at UCLA but opted to sign with the White Sox as a second-round selection... Was rated by Perfect Game as the No. 49 overall prospect in 2009... Other notable Santa Margarita alumni include Carson Palmer (football) and Jared Hughes (baseball)... Thompson used the nickname of "Rocco's Uncle" for his Player's Weekend jersey in 2017…Rocco is the name of his brother Klay's bulldog.
Began the season with ARI and appeared in four games for Reno (AAA) before being acquired by CHC on May 11... Spent the majority of the season Iowa (AAA), hitting .233 (71-for-305) with 14 2B, one 3B, 21 HR, 63 RBI and 48 runs scored... Had his contract selected by the Cubs on Sept. 14 and appeared in 15 games...compiled a .250 AVG (7-for-28) with one 2B, two HR, nine RBI and six runs scored... Homered in back-to-back big league games for the 3rd and 4th times in his career on Sept. 19 and 21...his first time doing so since the 2016 season with LAD when he accomplished the feat twice.
Spent the entire season at Arizona's Alternate Training Site.
Hit .219 (73-for-334) with 10 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 56 RBI and 51 runs scored in 89 games with Triple-A Columbus... Was tied for sixth in the International League in home runs at the time of his final game on July 31…was released on Aug. 2.
Split the season between the Oakland and Chicago White Sox organizations after being designated for assignment at the end of spring training by the LA Dodgers...Claimed by the NY Yankees on April 3 and was claimed again by Oakland two days later...Appeared in three games for Oakland and was traded to the White Sox on April 19...Appeared in 48 games for the Sox and was outrighted to AAA Charlotte on June 25, spending the remainder of the season with the Knights...At Triple-A he batted .295 (13-for-44) off LHP with an OPS of .786...Connected for third career "walk-off" home run on May 3 vs. Minnesota off Addison Reed.
In 27 games with the Dodgers, he went 6-for-49 (.122) with six runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and two RBI over three stints... Spent majority of the season with AAA Oklahoma City.
Appeared in 80 games in his first year with the Dodgers, hitting .225 with 31 runs, 11 doubles, 13 homers, 32 RBI and five stolen bases before having his season cut short due to two stress fractures in his back...Posted a combined .980 fielding percentage after committing just two errors in 556.0 innings, playing 24 games (13 starts) in left field, 32 games (26 starts) in center field and 28 games (22 starts) in right field…recorded two outfield assists...Collected his first two walk-off home runs of his career, slugging a pinch-hit solo shot in the ninth inning off of Mets' Hansel Robles on May 10 and blasting another solo homer in the ninth off of Rockies' Carlos Estevez on June 7...Placed on the DL on July 16 with lower back irritation and was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 7.
Finished the season in the Majors after making his MLB debut on Aug. 4, batting .295 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 44 games with the White Sox. ... Had 11 multi-hit games in the Majors (of 44 total MLB games) and of his 16 hits in the big leagues, 16 went for extra bases (eight doubles, three triples, five homers). ... Defensively, appeared 18 games (16 starts) in right field, 12 games (nine starts) in left field, 10 games (seven starts) in center field. ... Made his MLB debut on Aug. 4 vs. Tampa Bay as a pinch-hitter and was struck out by the Rays' Chris Archer. ... Recorded his first-career big league hit on Aug. 7 at Kansas City with a sixth-inning infield single off Edinson Volquez. ... Blasted his first homer on Aug. 11 off the Angels' Hector Santiago, with a fifth-inning solo shot. ... Opened the season with Triple-A Charlotte and batted .260 with 11 steals, 13 home runs and 39 RBI in 104 games…appeared in 94 games in center field, five in right field and four in left field. ... Named to the Triple-A International League mid-season All-Star team. ... Acquired by the Dodgers on Dec. 16, 2015 as part of a seven-player, three-team swap with the White Sox and Reds.
Spent his second straight season at Class AA Birmingham...Led the Southern League in at-bats (518) and ranked among the leaders in runs scored (2nd, 86), doubles (T4th, 34), total bases (T4th, 217), triples (T7th, 6), home runs (T7th, 16) and stolen bases (10th, 20)...Was named to the SL midseason All-Star Team … collected four hits on 6/7 vs. Jacksonville and hit a pair of home runs on 8/14 at Jacksonville...Entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 Prospect, Best Athlete and Best Defensive Outfielder in the White Sox organization.
Spent the entire season with Class AA Birmingham, helping the Barons win the Southern League Championship … tied for third in the SL in runs scored (78) and ranked fourth in RBI (73) … ranked among organizational leaders in triples (T4th, 5), runs scored (5th), stolen bases (5th, 25), walks (5th, 60), RBI (T6th), home runs (T7th, 15), hits (8th, 116), total bases (8th, 194) and extra-base hits (9th, 43) … was a SL midseason All-Star … won SL Batter of the Week honors for the period of 6/10-16, hitting .435 (10-23) with three homers and nine RBI … was successful on 25-33 (75.8) percent of his stolen-base attempts, including 11 of his last 12 … batted .292 (28-96) in May and .314 (32-102) in June after hitting .187 (17-91) in April … went 3-5 with two home runs and a season-high five RBI on 6/16 vs. Jackson … posted a seven-game hitting streak from 6/10-17 … hit .300 (6-20) with a home run and six RBI in the North Division playoff series vs. Tennessee … appeared in 13 games with La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League … was a non-roster invitee to spring training … entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Combined to hit .253 (131-517) with 31 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 96 RBI and 21 stolen bases over 136 games between Class A Winston-Salem, Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte … ranked among the organizational leaders in RBI (1st), total bases (1st, 249), extra-base hits (1st, 62), doubles (2nd), home runs (2nd), runs scored (2nd, 88) and hits (5th) … led the Carolina League in RBI (90) and extra-base hits (55), tied for the league lead in home runs (22), ranked second in total bases (218), third in slugging percentage (.486) and fourth in runs (77) … was named to the CL postseason All-Star Team … won CL Batter of the Week honors for 6/4-10 (.367, 11-30) … appeared in seven games during the International Legaue playoffs … was promoted to Birmingham on 8/13 and to Charlotte on 8/29 … entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect in the Sox organization … also tabbed as the Best Power Hitter in the Sox system.
Hit .241 (125-519) with 36 doubles, 24 home runs and 87 RBI in 136 games with class a Kannapolis...led the South Atlantic League in runs scored (95) and games played, ranked third in home runs and extra-base
hits (82), tied for third in RBI, ranked fourth in total bases (237) and tied for fourth in doubles...finished second
among White Sox farmhands in home runs and fourth in RBI...was named to the SAL Midseason Sll-Star team...recorded three multihomer efforts and drove in four runs five times...hit .306 (44-144) vs. left-handers...hit
seven homers with 25 RBI in August...was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 15 Prospect in the SAL...was cited by the same publication entering the season as the No. 9 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Spent the season with Class A Kannapolis, hitting .229 (48-210) in 58 games...was on the disabled
list from 5/31-8/17 with a fractured right thumb...entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 6
Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Made his professional debut with Advanced Rookie Bristol and Advanced Rookie Great Falls...was
signed by mike Baker.