Place Of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Tommy Pham was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised by his working class mother. He is the first Vietnamese-American person to play in a Major League game since 2006. Initially touted as a pitching prospect with a fastball sitting in the mid 90s, Pham wanted to play the field. He was drafted in 2006 in the 16th round by the Cardinals, receiving a higher than slot signing bonus to convince him to pass on his commitment to Cal State Fullerton. He has been in the organization ever since, a classic case of a quadruple A player as he has split time between Memphis and St. Louis the last few years.
As A Player
Bats: R Throws: R
As our fourth outfielder, it will be interesting to see what Pham can produce over a full MLB season. He offers a fair bit of pop from the right side, and displays above average contact skills. Pham gets on base at a high clip due to an 11% walk rate, and he is known to work deep into counts making a pitcher work for his out. While he doesn’t offer as much potential as other new call-ups due to his prolonged stay in the minors, Pham offers great versatility. He has shown the ability to play each outfield position above league average due to his range which is boosted by a strong set of wheels. His arm grades in as fairly average, which prevents him from manning right field as much as the other outfield positions. With his call up, the Cardinals hope Pham offers a level of depth that has been sorely missing the past few years.