Sodo Mojo Presents Seattle Mariners Top 30 Prospects: 15-11,
14. Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
Dom Thompson-Williams, or DTW, was the third piece of the James Paxton trade along with Justus Sheffield and Erik Swanson. The 6’1″, 190 lbs outfielder had a breakout season in 2018 after a swing change allowed him to tap into some unforeseen power.
The 23-year-old swatted 22 home runs in just 100 games after slugging just 6 homers in his first 2 seasons. He spent most of his time in High-A ball where he slashed .290/.356/.517, adding 16 doubles, 4 triples, and 17 steals in 24 attempts.
He got a little pull heavy in 2018. However, he has shown an ability to hit the ball hard from left to left-center field.
There are still some legitimate swing-and-miss in his swing, striking out 102 times in 363 plate appearances. He did manage to walk 33 times though. Aside from his offensive profile, DTW has all the skills required to play a solid center field.
It seems likely that Thompson-Williams will start 2019 in AA Arkansas. If he can continue his power output while cutting down on his strikeouts, he can be a legitimate, everyday centerfield prospect.
If this were to occur, DTW would quickly fly into the Top 10 of our rankings and possibly as high as the Top 8 by mid-season. Along with Braden Bishop and Jake Fraley, DTW will get a nice look in spring training since Mallex Smith is expected to miss a few weeks with an elbow injury.
There is an outside shot he makes his MLB debut this September with a good shot to be competing for a spot on the 25 man roster heading into the 2020 season.