Like every season, the 2018 year was one with its ups and downs. While none of the minor league affiliates managed to win their respective league championship and the system’s ranking took a hit thanks in part to graduations, and disappointing seasons for several prospects there were a few players that had breakout years.
Some of these prospects had a lot of hype from their strong seasons, others not so much. This series will take a look at five players throughout the system that had breakout seasons.
Dom Thompson-Williams – Outfielder
On the offensive side of the system, there was not one player that had a better breakout season than outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams.
His big season saw him become the minor league system’s leader in home runs (22) and Runs Batted In (74). He was also third in the system with 20 stolen bases and fourth in runs scored with 63.
Thompson-Williams began the season in the South Atlantic League where he appeared in just 10 games for the Charleston RiverDogs. With 14 hits in 37 at-bats, he hit .378/.425/.811 with a double, five home runs and nine RBIs.
On May 18, he was promoted to the Tampa Tarpons where he continued to hit with a slash line of .290/.356/.517 in 90 games with 96 hits. Of those 96 hits, 16 were doubles, four were triples, and 17 were home runs. He also drove in 65 runs and walked 31 times.
Thompson-Williams is an extremely athletic player with above-average speed and good instincts on the field. This season he has demonstrated good power to all fields and strong contact rates. On the defensive side, he has shown plus range in centerfield with an average arm.