Matt Thaiss

Matt Thaiss

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Angels
7-Day IL
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/21/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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#594
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$Signed a $2.15 million contract with the Angels in June of 2016.
Goes on IL
CLos Angeles Angels  AAA
Undisclosed
May 10, 2022
Triple-A Salt Lake placed Thaiss on the 7-day injured list Tuesday due to an unspecified issue.
ANALYSIS
Outfielder Orlando Martinez was called up from Double-A Rocket City to replace Thaiss on the Triple-A roster. Thaiss has hit .226 with three home runs and three stolen bases across 70 plate appearances at Salt Lake this season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+560%
OPS vs LHP
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-100%
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+449%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left 1.413 9 2 1 1 0 .429 .556 .857
Since 2020vs Right .214 24 2 0 0 0 .048 .167 .048
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left 1.167 3 1 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500
2021vs Right .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Left 1.500 6 1 1 1 0 .400 .500 1.000
2020vs Right .273 19 2 0 0 0 .063 .211 .063
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+1%
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-100%
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+4%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .527 16 3 0 0 0 .214 .313 .214
Since 2020Away .521 17 1 1 1 0 .071 .235 .286
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home .452 7 1 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167
2021Away .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Home .583 9 2 0 0 0 .250 .333 .250
2020Away .558 16 1 1 1 0 .077 .250 .308
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Thaiss was a late arrival to summer camp and later told reporters the delay was due to a positive COVID test in June. While Thaiss said he was asymptomatic throughout the subsequent quarantine period, it took several weeks for him to get the requisite two negative tests in 24 hours. Thaiss was on the expanded Opening Day roster regardless, but he hardly played and was optioned Aug. 6. He was brought back a month later and ran into a homer shortly thereafter, but then was hardly heard from again the rest of the year. Draw a line through his 2020 stat line as it means nothing, but plenty of holes in his swing were exposed in his 2019 sample (164 PA). Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton need to DH, Anthony Rendon was brought in last winter and Jared Walsh has leapfrogged Thaiss at the other corner-infield spot, at least for now. Thaiss was a first-round pick in 2016 and will be given more chances to succeed.
Thaiss made his major-league debut in July and saw a couple stretches of semi-consistent playing time in the second half, but overall he struggled with a .211/.293/.422 slash line in 53 games. He enjoyed a much more productive season at Triple-A with an .867 OPS, 14 home runs and a 59:64 BB:K. Strikeouts haven't been a significant problem throughout his minor-league career, so there should be room for improvement in the 31.7 K% he posted during his first taste of the big leagues. Thaiss can play both corner infield spots and had a .211 ISO and 10.8 BB% last season, but with Albert Pujols still owed big money and Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher both coming off quality seasons, he may be hard-pressed to find significant major-league opportunities in 2020.
Thaiss reached Triple-A for the first time last season, but his .277/.328/.457 line (good for a 102 wRC+) in 85 games was underwhelming for a first-base prospect. If he were still a catcher like he was in college, those would be promising numbers, but he's played nowhere but first in his professional career. He could possibly provide competent enough performances in a pinch for the Angels this season, but with Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Justin Bour already on the roster, it's hard to see Thaiss getting much of a look. Hope for improvement stems mostly from his patience in the batter's box. He walked an impressive 16.7% of the time in a 49-game sample at Double-A in 2017, and while that number cratered with the jump to Triple-A, he's had near-double-digit marks at every other full-season stop.
Thaiss is a catcher turned first baseman who turns 23 in May and has hit 15 home runs in 200 pro games. That wouldn't be an encouraging sign if he were a third baseman or corner outfielder, but as a first baseman or designated hitter, the bar is even higher. He walked at a 16.7 percent clip at Double-A last year, which is awesome, but he also posted a .096 ISO at that stop. There is no denying that he projects to get on base at a pretty solid clip, but that might be his only above-average offensive skill. Scouts have put 60s on his hit tool in the past, but his production in full-season ball has not matched that outlook. He is also not a defensive asset, so his glove won't be able to buy his bat developmental time. If he overhauled his swing with an emphasis on lofting the ball more, he could potentially tap into 20-homer power. Even in that optimistic scenario, he would struggle to ever finish as a top-15 fantasy first baseman.
Thaiss was an offensive-minded catcher at Virginia and the Angels thought enough of his bat that they drafted him with the 16th overall pick and immediately transitioned him to first base. Their evaluation appears to have been accurate, as he quickly earned a promotion from the Pioneer League to the Midwest League, posting a 129 wRC+ and 28:22 K:BB in 226 plate appearances against Low-A pitching. Thaiss will not offer light tower power, but he has enough pop to profile as a 25-homer threat in his prime years. A plus hitter who makes excellent contact and showed more of a willingness to work the count after his promotion, Thaiss could be a .300 hitter who walks at a 10 percent clip. That hit tool will be his money maker. If it reaches its plus projection, the game power will play to plus. If his hit tool falls short, he probably won't do enough with the bat to profile as a regular at first base.
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Sent to minors
CLos Angeles Angels  AAA
March 30, 2022
Thaiss was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday.
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Recalled by Angels
CLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 30, 2021
Thaiss was recalled by the Angels on Thursday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to minors
CLos Angeles Angels  AAA
August 2, 2021
Thaiss was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Joins big-league club
CLos Angeles Angels  AAA
July 28, 2021
Thaiss was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday.
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Works behind plate
CLos Angeles Angels  AAA
May 9, 2021
Thaiss started at catcher for Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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