Tommy Pham
Tommy Pham
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pham began the 2018 season where the 2017 season left off, hitting .358 in April. He proceeded to hit .197 over the next two months while playing through a troublesome groin strain that was not serious enough to put him on the disabled list. The struggles led to frustrations on his part and he got into terrible habits at the plate which led to expanding his strike zone to chase pitches he could not do much with. Pham was still stinging balls in the zone, and Tampa Bay noticed that and made the surprising acquisition of Pham at the trade deadline. Pham had the fifth-highest wOBA in baseball over the final two months of the season, trailing only Christian Yelich, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Justin Turner. The talent is there for Pham to be a top-50 player, but the lack of a health track record should prevent you from overreaching for what was a phenomenal final two months of hitting after the trade. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Rays in February of 2019 after winning arbitration hearing.
Resting in series finale
OFTampa Bay Rays
April 14, 2019
Pham is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Pham checks out of the lineup for the first time all season after posting a stellar .403 on-base average through the Rays' first 15 games, a figure largely built on a 47-game on-base streak that dates back to last season and serves as the longest in team history. He'll sit in favor of Avisail Garcia, who will start in right field and bat cleanup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .914 277 57 13 31 17 .295 .419 .496
Since 2017vs Right .854 903 149 33 112 28 .285 .377 .476
2019vs Left .863 17 4 0 0 2 .333 .529 .333
2019vs Right .673 63 5 2 7 3 .226 .333 .340
2018vs Left .877 141 32 6 15 7 .293 .411 .466
2018vs Right .815 429 70 15 48 8 .270 .352 .463
2017vs Left .964 119 21 7 16 8 .292 .412 .552
2017vs Right .922 411 74 16 57 17 .310 .411 .511
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+53%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .775 549 95 15 55 24 .259 .370 .404
Since 2017Away .947 631 111 31 88 21 .311 .402 .545
2019Home .561 38 4 0 2 3 .219 .342 .219
2019Away .859 42 5 2 5 2 .273 .405 .455
2018Home .784 265 48 9 25 7 .259 .358 .425
2018Away .870 305 54 12 38 8 .289 .374 .496
2017Home .798 246 43 6 28 14 .265 .388 .410
2017Away 1.042 284 52 17 45 11 .340 .431 .611
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Stat Review
How does Tommy Pham 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.
BB/K
1.00
 
BB Rate
16.3%
 
K Rate
16.3%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.092
 
AVG
.246
 
OBP
.375
 
SLG
.338
 
OPS
.713
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
Pham pulled a breakout season at age 29, and he and his agent are likely the only two people who saw it coming. A look at his minor-league numbers shows a guy who moved up the system at a very slow pace, hit for power just one year, stole bases in a few seasons but only hit for average here and there. He saw limited time in 2014 at the big-league level and then spent 2016 and 2017 on the short side of a platoon. Pham was finally given an opportunity to play regularly for the Cardinals last season and he thrived, hitting both righties (.310/.411/.511) and lefties (.292/.419/.552) while walking at a high rate (13.4 percent). He was also just as good in the second half as he was in the first half. Don't expect a 20-20 repeat, but Pham should be able to produce enough across the board to be worthwhile in even 10-team mixed leagues.
Following an oblique injury, Pham spent much of the season's first half at Triple-A Memphis before returning to the big club. Then, following the All-Star break, he struggled even further and hit to the tune of .219/.321/.421. When healthy, Pham showed neither the ability to be a reliable everyday player nor any semblance of plate discipline. He made contact on just 66.1 percent of his swings and struck out in nearly 40 percent of his plate appearances. Pham was also helpless against left-handed pitchers, who held the right-handed bat to a .206 batting average. He has an interesting combination of power and speed that could be useful to fantasy owners if he was ever given the strong side of an outfield platoon for a full season, but that does not seem likely in St. Louis after Dexter Fowler was signed to be the everyday center fielder going forward.
Pham turns 28 prior to the 2016 season but he finally got his first extended look at the major league level in the second half of 2015 and delivered nicely for the Cardinals and his fantasy owners alike, slashing .268/.347/.477. He also recorded 17 XBH, five of them triples, scoring 28 runs and swiping two bases. Pham provided solid defense in center field for the Cardinals and could be the team's top defensive reserve outfielder.
At age 26, Pham is a little too old to still be considered a prospect, but the outfielder hit well enough for Triple-A Memphis to earn a September callup to the Cardinals. He only made six appearances and received just two at-bats, striking out in both. It's extremely unlikely that Pham ever develops into a major league regular but it's certainly possible that he could carve out a role similar to the one Shane Robinson played in 2014; getting a few starts a month, but primarily used as a bat or glove off the bench. It's also just as likely that Pham could end up a career minor leaguer. Even though he hit well in 2014, his career slash line is a much less pleasant .253/.336/.408.
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Clubs two homers
OFTampa Bay Rays
April 10, 2019
Pham went 2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and a walk in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.
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Swipes two more bags
OFTampa Bay Rays
April 8, 2019
Pham went 1-for-3 with two steals and two runs in a 5-1 victory against the White Sox on Monday.
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On base thrice in shutout loss
OFTampa Bay Rays
April 4, 2019
Pham went 2-for-4 with a walk in a loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.
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Swipes another bag
OFTampa Bay Rays
April 2, 2019
Pham went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Tuesday against the Rockies.
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Flashing speed early
OFTampa Bay Rays
March 30, 2019
Pham went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Astros.
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