The New York Yankees drafted outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams in the 5th Round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft from the University of South Carolina. He was previously selected in the 19th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was given a below-slot signing bonus of $250,000.
The Yankees sent Thompson-Williams to the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A short-season New York-Penn League. He played in 56 games producing a .246/.348/.344 slash line. He smacked eight doubles, one triple and three home runs while driving in 16 runs. He stole 15 bases in 21 attempts. He patrolled center field most of the time with some time in left and right field.
Thompson-Williams spent time in extended spring training before heading back to Staten Island to start the season. In 41 games, he slashed .277/.366/.390 while collecting seven doubles and hitting three home runs. He stole seven bases in 13 attempts.
That strong performance earned him a promotion on August 8 to the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. Appearing in 23 games, he produced a .188/.270/.213 slash line with two doubles and six runs batted in. He stole two bases in four attempts.
Between Staten Island and Charleston, Thompson-Williams once again played mainly center field with some time in left field and right field.
Thompson-Williams bats and throws left-handed and has great speed. He’s a very good outfielder with a decent throwing arm. Offensively he’s a contact hitter who has developed patience at the plate. He can use his speed to his advantage stealing bases but has struggled at times to do so. The more he puts the ball in play, the more dangerous he becomes with his speed.
Thompson-Williams looks like he’ll be back with the Charleston RiverDogs. He will turn 23 in April, so with that in mind, the Yankees could challenge him and have him start the year with the Class A Advanced Tampa Tarpons.