Thompson not concerned about hitless spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Trayce Thompson, rated by as the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox organization, has gone hitless through his first 11 Spring Training at-bats. Those numbers are virtually meaningless when analyzing the progress made by the outfielder from one March to the next.

"I just feel I know more as a hitter. I feel like I'm smarter," Thompson said. "I feel like I know what pitchers are trying to do to me more so than last year, when I was still trying to figure everything out a little bit.

"That being said, I'm not anywhere close to where I think could be. I'm just trying to go up there and learn as much as I can."

As for his present numbers, Thompson said that he wasn't even sure where to find Spring Training statistics.

"It's just a process. I mean, it's not necessarily all about what I do in Spring Training," said Thompson, who will start the 2013 season with Double-A Birmingham. "I've had good Spring Trainings and then I had slow starts to the year. We'll see if that's the opposite this year. I'm just going up there trying to get my timing down and I'm trying to get my at-bats in.

"Hopefully I'll be where I want to be and be peaking out toward the end of Spring Training. Even during the season, I try not to pay attention to my stats as much. Once you get looking at numbers, it's too much of a head game. You have to go out and play, and whatever happens at the end of the season, it's what happens."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.