If Joe Rizzo saw his stock go up in 2019, Dom Thompson-Williams saw his go way down. He struggled in his first season in the Mariners organization,.234/.298/.391 in Arkansas. He struggled to make contact, striking out 152 times in 477 PAs and as a result, he couldn’t get to his power tool as often.
The 24-year-old will need a solid 2020 to make his way through a future projected outfield that is loaded with talent. But the season wasn’t a total waste. DTW flashed the power-speed combo that made him so intriguing when the Mariners acquired him in the James Paxton trade, and his tool belt is still loaded with potential.
If everything clicks, Thompson-Williams could be a fourth outfielder or strong-side platoon player with passable defense in centerfield. If not, he may be destined to toil in the minor league for a few seasons.
I still believe in Thompson-Williams and expect a rebound season, likely starting in AA and eventually AAA. The skillset is so intriguing and if he can max it out, he’s likely an everyday player at the big league level.