The year after a strong debut with the Billings Mustangs, Taylor Trammell was assigned to the Dayton Dragons for 2017. April was one where the 19-year-old saw some struggles, sort of. The lefty had hits in 17 of the 21 games he played in, but only had more than one hit in one game during the month. In total, he would hit .222/.312/.309. The hits weren’t coming and neither was the power. What did show up, though, was his speed and his ability to walk. Trammell had eight steals in nine tries and drew 11 walks in 21 games.

When the calendar flipped to May, things turned around quickly. Over the first three games, Taylor Trammell had three multi-hit games. He never really slowed down from there. In the 24 games played in the month he hit .287/.382/.553. The hits started showing up and so did the power. He would smack seven doubles, an insane six triples and hit two home runs. He also added in 15 walks and five more stolen bases.

The hot hitting carried into the first few days of June, two mini-slumps in the month drug down the overall hitting. From June 6th-10th he would go 1-15. Then from the 24th through the 27th he would go 1-17. Outside of those two stretches he would go 26-68 (.382), but wound up with a solid line of .280/.327/.450. He would add another six steals, pushing his total to 19 on the season.

July was another good month for Taylor Trammell overall. It was, however, hot-and-cold. From July 8th through the 20th he would go 19-49 with five extra-base hits. The stretch was good enough for a 1.046 OPS in 53 plate appearances. Over the final 10 games though he would struggle, hitting just .176 with one double. Despite the hitting struggles, he walked more than he struck out in that span – the ball simply wasn’t finding the grass. Overall he would hit .306/.390/.417 for the month. He would add another 10 steals in 13 tries, to push his total up to 29.

The first half of August was interesting for Taylor Trammell. In six of the 13 games he played in, he went hitless. In the other seven games he had 13 hits in 22 at-bats. After going 0-12 from the 12th through the 14th, Trammell went on a run to finish the season strong. In the final 17 games of the year he posted a .292/.410/.554 line that included four home runs. Over the lst 30 games, encompassing August and the final few games played in the first week of September, he posted a .296/.412/.500 line with 12 steals. It would push his season total to 41, making him the second Dragons player of the year to top 40 steals (Jose Siri).

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Taylor Trammell Spray Chart

Taylor Trammell Scouting Report

Hitting | Trammell shows the ability to use all fields and he can hit the ball with power to all fields. His speed also allows his hit tool to play up as he’s able to leg out a few extra infield hits that others wouldn’t be able to.

Power | Currently his power is slightly below-average, but he’s got above-average power potential. The ball carries well off of his bat. 20+ home runs in the future isn’t out of the question.

Running | While he’s not quite Billy Hamilton fast, Taylor Trammell is a plus to plus-plus runner right now. He may lose a step as he adds strength over the next couple of years and fills out his frame, but he should continue to be an above-average runner even if he does.

Arm | This is the one weakness in his game. There were times during the season when he showed off a fringy below-average arm, but more often than not scouts noted that it may be enough to keep him from playing center long term. Some graded it as a 30. When I saw it at it’s best, mostly in the 2nd half of the season, it was closer to a 40-grade arm than a 30.

Defense | While a majority of his season was spent in left field, at least for right now, the speed and range are plenty for center field. In left field he shows outstanding range, but that’s to be expected given that he’s a center fielder who was playing in left.

There’s a lot to like when watching Taylor Trammell play. He can run. He can hit. There’s already some power there and there’s more coming in the future. His arm may be holding back his overall defensive profile, but unlike some scouts that I spoke with, I’m not concerned about the arm keeping him from playing center field. While runners may test his arm in the gaps, his range will make up for any shortcomings with the arm. For his age he’s got a good understanding of the strikezone and shows a good eye. As it goes with almost every 19-year-old, there’s work to continue to do, but pretty much everything you want to see in a baseball player can be seen with Trammell.

21 Responses

  1. Kap

    I know you don’t like player comparisons doug, but I see a dexter fowler type of player. Tall and lanky with some speed and some power potential who can play center. Hope we see him in a reds uniform in the summer of 2019

  2. The Duke

    I think Trammell is going to be a star. The strikeout rate gradually declined throughout the year and he maintained an excellent walk rate throughout. I think he has enough arm to man CF (especially in GABP) and could be a 20+ HR guy with a .350+ OBP and 30+ SB. That kind of offensive production from a CF would give the Reds a potent weapon in the lineup.

  3. Wes

    Hope reds don’t trade trammell. He’s not quite senzel untradable in my book but close.

    Kinda weird how he turned down playing qb at auburn but yet his arm strength is weakest part of his game.

    • Doug Gray

      Maybe I just never saw it, but Trammell was a running back in high school. Never saw anything about him being a quarterback.

      • greg

        Only thing I ever saw about his college recruiting was that he was a commit to play baseball at Georgia Tech. Never saw anything about football at Auburn.

    • Wes

      I thought he was committed as an athlete to auburn and played qb in high school. I could be wrong though. I am from time to time

  4. Jerome

    What kind of work can Taylor do to boost his arm strength? Will the resistance and strength training required to fill out his frame and meet his power potential also result in a stronger arm?

    • Rich

      Lots of programs I am sure but you don’t need to look any further than Scott Shebler.He made big strides w improved throwing technique and arm strength.I think one of writers covering Reds had an article abt it. Seems it can be done.

    • Doug Gray

      Arm strength usually isn’t about actual arm strength. I mean, yes, that helps, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Sometimes it’s mechanical issues (could be the grip, arm motion, poor release – lots of things).

      • MK

        A positive to his arm game is he gets rid of the ball quickly which typically will not stop someone from scoring from second but will hold a runner from going first to third.

  5. CP

    Doug, I could be wrong, but it seems recent history shows the Reds mostly being modest in how aggressively they promote their players through the minors. Do you think with the strong need for an heir apparent who can hit at CF, the Reds get more aggressive with Trammel/Siri if they are producing?

    If they get half a season at each level, and then restart the next year at the previous level, that puts the Reds without the next “guy” for any strong amount of time until at least 2020.

    Trammel/Siri- 2018 first half- High A, 2018 second half- AA, 2019 first half- AA, 2019 second half- AAA (possible cup of coffee), 2020 first half- AAA (maybe MLB), 2020 second half- MLB

    So if the Reds are competing in say 2019, and one area of weakness is a CF would isn’t an offensive liability, would they consider being more aggressive the next couple years with one of those guys?

    • The Duke

      Depends on performance. If Trammell goes out and hits .300/.380/.500 over 70 games in AA in the second half of 2018 after having a good enough first half in High A to get promoted, then I imagine starting him in AAA in 2019 would be pretty plausible. Conversely, if he’s overmatched at the upper levels, it’ll take more time. Too many variable factors to determine if we can speed them through the system or not.

      If Siri ever figures out some consistent plate discipline, then he could move very quick. The bat speed, defense, arm, and speed are all MLB quality, but he has to make consistent contact and not swing at bad pitches.

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t think the Reds are modest in their promotions at all. They generally have guys spend their draft year in one of the rookie ball leagues. If that guy performs, then they spend a year in Dayton to accommodate to pro baseball life – especially a high school guy. After that, it’s all performance based.

      If someone in Daytona is performing at mid-season, they’ll get promoted unless there’s a reason to believe the performance isn’t sustainable. When a guy has been utterly dominant, and that has rarely happened, the Reds have been aggressive in promoting that player in the past. You just don’t see it too often where a true prospect is just destroying the minor leagues in a given system.

    • CP

      Appreciate the thoughts, Duke & Doug (there could be something there….)

      Here’s to hoping that one of those guys can make a push to be the CF for the Reds in time for a playoff push in 2019! That could be a difference maker to the way our current lineup looks!!

  6. Stock

    Doug,

    Your chart is all off. You have 388 AB listed here + 123 K give him 511 AB and he had only 491 AB on the season. If you included the 7 SF the total should be 375 not 388. He had 138 hits on the year not the 189 you have listed here. Maybe you put hits in your 1B column?

    • Doug Gray

      The AB is correct. I included the playoffs. The hits is incorrect. I’ll fix that.