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Matt Thaiss

Matt Thaiss

1B | B/T: L/R | 6' 0" 215 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 1, #16, Los Angeles Angels) - Virginia
Jackson, NJ USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 136 120 14 22 6 19 0 .183 .279 .383 .663
1 Season 136 120 14 22 6 19 0 .183 .279 .383 .663
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .183 6 19 0 .663
1 Season .183 6 19 0 .663

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 LAA AL 44 136 120 14 22 6 0 6 19 16 42 0 0 0 .183 .279 .383 .663
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 LAA AL 136 46 60 0 0 .222 12 3 14 594 4.37 .309 .044 .381 .200 .200 1

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Thaiss was the quintessential college performer when he was coming out of the University of Virginia, with his .473 on-base percentage as a junior particularly standing out. The Angels saw him as the most advanced college bat in the 2016 class and took him No. 16 overall. A catcher with the Cavaliers, he was moved to first so his bat could advance quickly, and it has, getting him to Triple-A after two-plus seasons of pro ball. He broke through to Los Angeles in early July while adding third base to his resume.

Thaiss still has a very advanced approach at the plate and has shown a willingness to draw walks and work deep counts. He was more of a contact-first hitter in his first full season, but in 2018, he started to drive the ball and tap into his power more effectively. While his walk rate did dip as a result of his efforts to generate more power, he set career highs in home runs, doubles, total bases and slugging percentage. Those efforts also didn't lead to more swing-and-miss, a good sign of things to come offensively.

Since moving out from behind the plate, Thaiss worked tirelessly at first base and has become a capable defender there, while showing adequate defensive chops at the hot corner as well. The uptick in power makes him profile better at a corner infield position, adding to his value in a big league lineup.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 594 78 4 5.1 88.3 16.1 .197 .328 .288 .279 .346 39.7 30.9 11.8
ALL 594 78 4 5.1 88.3 16.1 .197 .328 .288 .279 .346 39.7 30.9 11.8
MLB 39849 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.5 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/03/2019 Los Angeles Angels selected the contract of 1B Matt Thaiss from Salt Lake Bees.
01/25/2019 Los Angeles Angels invited non-roster 1B Matt Thaiss to spring training.
06/15/2018 Salt Lake Bees activated 1B Matt Thaiss from the temporarily inactive list.
06/12/2018 Salt Lake Bees placed 1B Matt Thaiss on the temporarily inactive list.
05/22/2018 1B Matt Thaiss assigned to Salt Lake Bees from Mobile BayBears.
02/06/2018 Los Angeles Angels invited non-roster 1B Matt Thaiss to spring training.
11/06/2017 1B Matt Thaiss assigned to Scottsdale Scorpions.
07/11/2017 1B Matt Thaiss assigned to Mobile BayBears from Inland Empire 66ers.
04/05/2017 1B Matt Thaiss assigned to Inland Empire 66ers from Burlington Bees.
02/02/2017 Los Angeles Angels invited non-roster 1B Matt Thaiss to spring training.
07/09/2016 1B Matt Thaiss assigned to Burlington Bees from Orem Owlz.
06/17/2016 1B Matt Thaiss assigned to Orem Owlz.
06/14/2016 Los Angeles Angels signed C Matt Thaiss.