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Trayce Thompson (Photo: Santa Margarita High School)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Trayce Thompson
School:Santa Margarita HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:196 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/11-4/15/09
Game(s):Anaheim Lions Tournament

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Thompson will swing and miss a bit, but he's learning a good approach and has a loose, flowing stroke. He's got the ability to drive the ball the other way.
Power:He's got above-average raw power that plays average now and should be average in the future.
Running speed:He doesn't have great speed. With long, flowing strides, he's better once he's underway.
Base running:Once he gets going, he can run and can steal a base.
Arm strength:He's got a solid-average arm with natural carry. It won't wow you, but it will improve as he plays more.
Fielding:He plays an easy center field now, but projects as a corner guy in the future. He plays like a veteran out there.
Range:With his long strides, he covers plenty of ground in the outfied.
Physical Description:Thompson is a sculpted, muscular athlete with a Cameron Maybin or Dave Winfield-like build.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths: Tremendous athleticism, tools with an idea of what he's doing. Above-average raw power and a very high ceiling.
Weaknesses:He's a little unknown and a little raw as this is his first year he's been committed only to baseball. He swings and misses a bit and can be too selective at times.
Summary:Thompson is the son of former NBA standout Mychal Thompson and this is the first year he's focused only on baseball and stopped playing basketball. As a result, he's improved tremendously and has shown glimpses of reaching the very high ceiling he has. He's got power potential and shown a good approach at the plate, though he will strike out quite a bit. A good center fielder now, if he reaches his potential, he'll be the quintessential corner outfielder. It looks like he might be just scratching the surface and a team is likely to agree and draft his potential fairly early.