Who is Trayce Thompson and is he related to Klay Thompson?

Klay Thompson has a brother who many don’t know plays Major League Baseball. Trayce Thompson is an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While Thompson was a relief pitcher after being drafted in the second round in 2009, he helped the Dodgers have one of their best regular seasons of all time. The Dodgers’ 111 win total last season was the most in the National League since the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the most in MLB since the 2001 Seattle Mariners.

Thompson reached a career high by appearing in 80 games last season, although the first six were with the San Diego Padres. After signing with the Detroit Tigers, Thompson became a Dodger in June. (He played for the Dodgers in both 2016 and 2017.) In 74 games in Los Angeles last season, he hit .268, with 39 RBIs, 13 home runs and 35 runs.

Since both Trayce and Klay are the sons of Mychal Thompson, the first pick in the 1978 draft and a two-time NBA champion, it’s no surprise that Trayce played basketball growing up. Meanwhile, Klay also played baseball as a youngster. Klay played Little League baseball with Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Both Thompson brothers excelled in both sports, but decided to go their separate ways, which seemed like the right choice.

Klay Thompson is a four-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, and Trayce could be joining that family of rings soon as he looks to win one in the near future with the Dodgers.

The third Thompson brother, Mychel, played five games at shooting guard for the Cavaliers in 2011-12. He also played in the D-League, G-League and Italy. He is the oldest of the brothers.

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