Matt Thaiss
Matt Thaiss
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Los Angeles Angels
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thaiss made his major-league debut in July and saw a couple stretches of semi-consistent playing time in the second half, but overall he struggled with a .211/.293/.422 slash line in 53 games. He enjoyed a much more productive season at Triple-A with an .867 OPS, 14 home runs and a 59:64 BB:K. Strikeouts haven't been a significant problem throughout his minor-league career, so there should be room for improvement in the 31.7 K% he posted during his first taste of the big leagues. Thaiss can play both corner infield spots and had a .211 ISO and 10.8 BB% last season, but with Albert Pujols still owed big money and Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher both coming off quality seasons, he may be hard-pressed to find significant major-league opportunities in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Angels in June of 2016 that includes a $2.15 million signing bonus.
Moved to alternate camp
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
August 6, 2020
Thaiss was optioned to the team's alternate camp site Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Thaiss has appeared in five games for the Angels this season (starting three), going 2-for-10 with a pair of runs scored. He'll move to Los Angeles' satellite camp with the team shaving its roster size down to 28.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+191%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .721 28 1 1 6 0 .240 .321 .400
Since 2018vs Right .695 147 18 7 17 0 .205 .286 .409
2020vs Left .833 4 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333
2020vs Right .286 7 2 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
2019vs Left .701 24 1 1 6 0 .227 .292 .409
2019vs Right .717 140 16 7 17 0 .208 .293 .424
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+117%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+119%
OPS at Home
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .929 94 15 8 20 0 .271 .340 .588
Since 2018Away .429 81 4 0 3 0 .139 .235 .194
2020Home .583 9 2 0 0 0 .250 .333 .250
2020Away .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Home .965 85 13 8 20 0 .273 .341 .623
2019Away .441 79 4 0 3 0 .143 .241 .200
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Matt Thaiss 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
0.33
 
BB Rate
9.1%
 
K Rate
27.3%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.200
 
OBP
.273
 
SLG
.200
 
OPS
.473
 
wOBA
.225
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Thaiss reached Triple-A for the first time last season, but his .277/.328/.457 line (good for a 102 wRC+) in 85 games was underwhelming for a first-base prospect. If he were still a catcher like he was in college, those would be promising numbers, but he's played nowhere but first in his professional career. He could possibly provide competent enough performances in a pinch for the Angels this season, but with Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Justin Bour already on the roster, it's hard to see Thaiss getting much of a look. Hope for improvement stems mostly from his patience in the batter's box. He walked an impressive 16.7% of the time in a 49-game sample at Double-A in 2017, and while that number cratered with the jump to Triple-A, he's had near-double-digit marks at every other full-season stop.
Thaiss is a catcher turned first baseman who turns 23 in May and has hit 15 home runs in 200 pro games. That wouldn't be an encouraging sign if he were a third baseman or corner outfielder, but as a first baseman or designated hitter, the bar is even higher. He walked at a 16.7 percent clip at Double-A last year, which is awesome, but he also posted a .096 ISO at that stop. There is no denying that he projects to get on base at a pretty solid clip, but that might be his only above-average offensive skill. Scouts have put 60s on his hit tool in the past, but his production in full-season ball has not matched that outlook. He is also not a defensive asset, so his glove won't be able to buy his bat developmental time. If he overhauled his swing with an emphasis on lofting the ball more, he could potentially tap into 20-homer power. Even in that optimistic scenario, he would struggle to ever finish as a top-15 fantasy first baseman.
Thaiss was an offensive-minded catcher at Virginia and the Angels thought enough of his bat that they drafted him with the 16th overall pick and immediately transitioned him to first base. Their evaluation appears to have been accurate, as he quickly earned a promotion from the Pioneer League to the Midwest League, posting a 129 wRC+ and 28:22 K:BB in 226 plate appearances against Low-A pitching. Thaiss will not offer light tower power, but he has enough pop to profile as a 25-homer threat in his prime years. A plus hitter who makes excellent contact and showed more of a willingness to work the count after his promotion, Thaiss could be a .300 hitter who walks at a 10 percent clip. That hit tool will be his money maker. If it reaches its plus projection, the game power will play to plus. If his hit tool falls short, he probably won't do enough with the bat to profile as a regular at first base.
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Confirms past positive test
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 17, 2020
Thaiss told reporters Thursday that his late arrival to summer camp was due to a positive test for the coronavirus in June, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Arrives at camp
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 12, 2020
Thaiss (undisclosed) arrived at the Angels' camp Sunday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Not present for camp
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
Undisclosed
July 5, 2020
Manager Joe Maddon confirmed Sunday that Thaiss has yet to join the Angels for summer camp, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Has leg up on roster spot
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
March 18, 2020
Thaiss is expected to claim a roster spot as the Angels' backup first baseman, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Enjoying strong spring
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
March 4, 2020
Thaiss is hitting .278 (5-for-18) with a home run and five RBI in Cactus League play.
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