Photo: Doug GrayReds prospect Taylor Trammell is on fire for Chattanooga Doug Gray April 18, 2019 30 Comments Taylor Trammell began the year rated as the Cincinnati Reds 3rd top prospect behind Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene. The outfielder was also rated inside of the top 35 by the national publications for all of Minor League Baseball. To say that Trammell was well regarded would be an understatement. In 2018 the outfielder spent his entire season in Daytona where he had a bit of an up-and-down season. In April and May, over 189 plate appearances, he hit .308/.418/.491. And that came in a very pitching friendly Florida State League. Things slowed down from June through the end of the season, though. In 272 plate appearances in that stretch he hit just .256/.346/.349. That, of course, doesn’t include him going wild in The Futures Game, where he homered, tripled, and took home MVP honors. There was some inconsistency, though. And right before the season began, Taylor Trammell spoke about wanting to improve in that area this season. So far, so good. On Wednesday night the Reds outfield prospect went 1-2 with 2 walks and a solo home run for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. That put his line through 11 games at .351/.500/.622. That’s not a typo – his on-base percentage is an even and cool .500. That’s because he’s walked 11 times in 11 games. Manzanero, Willems go deep in a Dayton win The Dayton Dragons rode solid pitching and the home run to a win on Wednesday night as they closed out a home stand with a 4-3 win. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning Pabel Manzanero took an 0-1 breaking ball and crushed it 395 feet onto the concourse in left-center field to tie the game up. https://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Manzanero-HR.mp4 It was the first home run of the year for the catcher, who hit 9 of them last season for the Billings Mustangs. In the bottom of the 7th inning, holding a 3-2 lead, it was Jonathan Willems who came to the plate to pad the lead. And it turns out that Dayton would actually need that run. Getting ahead in the count 1-0, the next pitch came in at 92 MPH and it left harder than that. And it left at a launch angle that seemingly would have to be near the absolute top end of the scale for balls that go for home runs. https://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Willems-Home-Run.mp4 Christian Colon remains hot for the Louisville Bats Over the last two days Christian Colon has turned a slow start into a hot one. On Tuesday he went 4-5 with two runs scored and he drove in another run. Yesterday saw him go 3-4 with a walk, home run, two runs scored, and two more runs batted in. His OPS jumped from .606 prior to Tuesday to .835 by the end of Tuesday. The early season big game or two swing is real. https://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Aquino-home-run.mp4 Aristides Aquino had a big game of his own on Tuesday. He came to the plate four times and he reached base all four times. He had two hits and he walked in the other two plate appearances. In the 6th inning he hit an absolute laser into the left-field seats for the Bats – his 3rd homer of the season. The power has played quite well in Louisville. The outfielder is now hitting .256/.313/.581 with eight extra-base hits in 11 games played. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 30 Responses SultanofSwaff April 18, 2019 At this point in what is rapidly turning into a lost season I don’t think there’s a downside to making some radical roster decisions. If I’m in charge, I give the team 3 more weeks to get their act together. If they’re 10 games under and as offensively lifeless as they’ve shown so far, I’m promoting Senzel to play SS, Trammell to play CF, and Stephenson to the starting rotation. Along with Geno/Sonny/Luis/Amir/Jesse/Joey, that becomes the core of the team moving forward and I’m listening on everyone else. In each case, the experience they’ll gain will help them hit the ground running in 2020. And who knows, they might just be the jolt this team needs. ohiojimw April 18, 2019 Not opposed to your plan as an end point; but, I think there are some logistical and developmental issues to work through to get there. I think if Trammell continues to dominate at AA don’t waste time getting him to AAA; but, given his age leave him there a couple of months to grow into things. I see after the ASB as a good target date for getting him to MLB. Stephenson has prepped as a reliever from day one this season. Think they are going to need to stretch him out on the fly like they were doing with Lorenzen last year before giving him a look at starter if that is in the cards. Ghettotrout1 April 18, 2019 I support this plan. I am sick of watching Kemp and the other dudes. Like it would be different if they were winning games then I don’t care but at this point lets shake things up this rebuild is never ending. Oldtimer April 18, 2019 Your opinion. Not mine. #1 Trammell is not CF caliber in MLB. #2 Senzel can play 2B, 3B, or any OF position better than SS. #3 Stephenson has shown nothing to make anyone think he could transition from 1-2 innings to SP overnight. jon April 18, 2019 i agree with everything you said. The Duke April 18, 2019 Barring a massive slump Trammell is going to vault into the top 10 prospects in baseball by midseason. I’d like to see him get more time in CF though. Siri is a superior defender to most everyone, but Trammell is the one who is showing he has a big league future and should take precedence in my opinion. Put Siri in RF and let Trammell get as many CF reps as possible. Stock April 18, 2019 Agreed Duke. Trammell needs reps in CF. Dollar Bill April 18, 2019 Might be time to send Joe to a sports psychologist. His head is in outer space right now. Caused a balk a couple days ago and pulled a real boner charging in for a bunt way to early allowing the runner to waltz into second . He is marching to his own drum beat and he is way out of tune with the game going on around him. With men on base he tries to work the walks and while leading off he is hacking at the first pitch. Thank God he is ONLY making a half million per week for all the greatness he contributes. Maybe a conversation with Ted Williams frozen head will get him back on track? RojoBenjy April 18, 2019 I think the idea that Joey needs to refocus on the details of baseball is valid. I even think the joke about the frozen head is passable. But you lost credibility bringing up JV’s salary. That is a very old tune that Cincinnati fans who don’t know the baseball market continue to sing. Ghettotrout1 April 18, 2019 I don’t think your credibility took any hits for the salary comment, because regardless of his salary you’re right he looks like he is lost. Wes April 18, 2019 What offensive catogory is votto leading the reds in ? K’s. He’s struck out more than anyone on team. And that doesn’t count popping up to catcher in 9th yesterday with game on the line. Stock April 18, 2019 The season is early but the results have not been good thus far. 1. Senzel – Hurt Again 2. Greene – TJS 3. Trammell – Great 4. Santillan – The walks are concerning but the K’s are finally showing up. 5. India – Sucks thus far 6. Stephenson – Sucks thus far 7. Siri – Sucks thus far 8. Gutierrez – Sucks thus far 9. Bautista – Sucks thus far 10. Siani – sucks thus far It only gets worse with the final 12 guys in Doug’s original top 25. Injured: Garcia Good: Richardson, Aquino Average: Sugilio Suck: Hernandez, Friedl, Mella, Fairchild, Clementina, Herget, Marinan and Willems Pretty depressing when 17 of the top 22 prospects are either injured or suck. The three traded away. Shed Long: .321/.390/.434 Josiah Gray: 1.23 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, 16/4 K/BB ratio in 14.2 IP. Jeter Downs: Sucks Looking like a great year to be a Reds fan. Dollar Bill April 18, 2019 Keep in mind the Reds gave up their upcoming competitive balance pick to the Yankees in the Gray deal. The problem with this team is the people running it from dum Bell on up The Duke April 18, 2019 And Gray has been fantastic so far. That trade isn’t the reason we aren’t hitting. Stock April 18, 2019 Actually I love the Gray trade. I don’t think Long is ever an everyday player. I think someone who walks no one has a chance to pitch in the majors. I think Sanmartin is very under-rated. Last year his K/BB ratio was 14.5. This year it is only 8 but that is still really good. I think Sanmartin is every bit as good as the draft pick. The Gray extension moves this from a good trade to a great trade. The one that bugs me is the Dodger trade. RojoBenjy April 18, 2019 Why do you see this as a negative thing? My thoughts on the deal was “Cool, we are only giving up a competitive balance pick.” Ghettotrout1 April 18, 2019 I particularly love your category of “sucks” hahahahhaha. To which I agree to and support using when evaluating. Wes April 18, 2019 So they gave up comp pick, gray, downs and long. In return the got sonny gray locked up long term and a slew of trade targets. Puig, Wood, Scooter, Iglesias can all generate a decent return. Anyone else is not on market or a throw in on a trade w Roark getting an * in case he’s pitching in a grove close to deadline. Reds need to make sure their scouting department is up to speed and the front office is doing their part to make some deals happen come June if reds are out of it. They can easily build a better return then they lost if they are smart about. U are replacing basically gray and tool shed to a lesser extent. jon April 18, 2019 top 4 minor league teams are a combined 12 games under .500 This from a team the picked in the top 10 a million times and nothing to show for all those top picks. Eric Wormus April 18, 2019 Jay Bruce 2007 (AA) 16 games, 74 PAs .333/.405/.652, 186 wRC+ Trammell 2019 (AA) 11 games, 48 PAs .351/.500/.622 242 wRC+ Give Trammell another week and if he hasn’t completely fallen off the cliff, send him to AAA. The Duke April 18, 2019 I say let him get at least 150-200 plate appearances in AA. He’ll cool off eventually, and lets see how he responds to that. This is his first taste above A ball, lets not get too hasty. Kap April 18, 2019 Bring them all up. Brian April 18, 2019 Extend scooter, its proven we need him. He’s our spark. Let Puig walk after the year, resign wood if he shows well. And make a splash signing with gerrit Cole since we will have plenty of cap space ever after scooter gets re upped for 10-12 mill over 3-4 years. And wood gets something like 3/48. Next year we got 1. Trammel LF 2. senzel CF 3. Votto 1B 4. Suarez 3B 5. Scooter 2B 6. Winker LF 7. Peraza SS (he’ll figure it out) 8. Catcher Staff 1. Castillo 2. Cole 3. Wood 4. Gray 5. Mahle/disco/Gutierrez/santillan/whoever is left Not bad? Ghettotrout1 April 18, 2019 Not bad. Wes April 18, 2019 No way scooter passes on 3/24 million if u offered it today. Not a bad plan for either side. Cole won’t sign in cincy for a gazillion dollars. Just like Dallas “the donkey” kuechel paseed on some 50+ million to not come to cincy w no back up plan in place. Bob Anderson April 18, 2019 Wood isn’t a starter imo. His future is in the pen. Bob Anderson April 18, 2019 Saying India sucks is funnier than hell. Guys, not everybody is lightening it up right off the bat. Lets give to June before we make overwhelming “decisions”. Simon Cowell April 18, 2019 According to sabermetricss you can suck every month, against quality pitching, and in big stadiums. All you need to do to look awesome is be a monster one month of the year, against poor pitching, and dominate in small arenas. This is the weakness of sabermetics. But I agree with you on India. He will be fine. Is he same level as Senzel and Trammel? Doubtful, but he may be a regular allstar Simon Cowell April 18, 2019 From a prospect stanpoint Trammel is our one bright star so far this year. Good for him, if he stays on fire he will be in AAA. Its probably temporary but the Reds need to look at why the entire organization is off to such a bad start. It seems to be a lack of hitting top to bottom. Not a single player can be blamed so so ething in structure and preparation needs to be altered Bob Anderson April 18, 2019 For one, BobC era teams bullpens struggle…….alot.