Cincinnati Reds top prospect Taylor Trammell will be starting tonight for the National League squad in The Futures Game. The outfielder will bat 5th and start in left field. He will be looking to capture his second straight Most Valuable Player Award at the game. Trammell grabbed those honors at the 2018 Futures Game by homering and hitting a triple as Team USA (the format has changed this year) beat Team World. He is the Reds lone representative at the game this year.

The 2019 season has been a mixed bag for Taylor Trammell. He’s spent the entire 2019 campaign with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. His plate discipline has improved from past years. And he’s been very successful on the basepaths, stealing 16-of-19 on the year. But his power has disappeared, and it’s caused his average and slugging percentage to both drop to what are easily career lows to this point.

302 5 2 5 30 16 49 69 .253 .377 .351

Here’s the entire lineup for The Futures Game:

The game will be available to watch on both MLB Network and if you don’t have access to MLB Network. The game will begin at 7pm ET. You can also listen to the game on Sirius XM satellite radio.

Calten Daal continues hitting for Chattanooga

While Taylor Trammell was traveling to and arriving in Cleveland for the All-Star weekend festivities, the Chattanooga Lookouts continued to play their Southern League schedule. Trammell’s teammate Calten Daal has been doing his part since being activated from a shoulder injury that cost him nearly three full seasons of playing time.

Now 25-years-old, Calten Daal has played in 41 games for Chattanooga. After going 4-6 on Friday and Saturday, the second baseman has raised his average to .315 for the Lookouts through 133 trips to the plate. He’s racked up 39 hits and 7 more walks to give him a .315/.348/.371 line. The power hasn’t been there, but the rest of his offensive game has been.

Wendell Marrero starts his career on fire

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Wendell Marrero in the 11th round in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. Coming out of high school in Puerto Rico, the Reds assigned him to their Arizona League Reds rookie-level affiliate in Goodyear at the spring training complex.

The 18-year-old corner outfielder went 0-4 in his first professional game. But he’s been on fire ever since. In the last two nights he’s gone 3-4 in each game to raise his average to .391 on the year through 13 games played. He’s not just hitting singles, though. He’s getting on base and hitting for power, too. His .481 on-base percentage ranks 6th in the league. Marrero is also slugging .543, which gives him an OPS of 1.025 so far on the year.

15 Responses

  1. Wes

    Shot out to TT! He’s in a spot to succeed and is coming around. Hope he has a good night !

    Imo, trammell has always been an above average prospect but never elite. An elite prospect would be in or knocking or door of majors. What makes TT above average is his high floor and high ceiling. Not as high floor as senzel though but Trammell will surely atleast be an alternate OF getting 400+ bats a year with a ceiling of a Michael Brantley who doesn’t hit a ton of homers but has enough power and speed to carry a line up (like puig has been) when struggling or hitting well.

    Prob is in two years he will be competing with a bunch of players in their prime. How can he catch Winker puig or senzel to take a spot from them when he’s ready ? He would be my trade bait to acquire legit talent this July

  2. Bred

    Seems like once Senzel was promoted that there are no elite prospects 60+ guys in the pipeline for the Reds. Mostly they seem to be 45 to 55 players. The FO will need to make some bold moves to fortify the core of Senzel, Suarez, the newly platooned Winker, and the aging Votto. There are a lot of holes to fill for next year’s starting 8. That doesn’t even begin to address who will be on the bump next year. Castillo, Gray, Mahle, Lorenzen, AG, maybe Disco in some role and Iglesias no one else looks to consistently that impressive. Maybe above average is the best they have.

    • SteveLV

      Last year, every team that made the playoffs (except the Brewers who didn’t have the starters) had at least 4 position players ranked in the top 10 at their position, 2 starters in the top 50 starters, and a closer. I haven’t gone back to look at previous years, but that general trend probably holds.
      Going into next year, I don’t know that the Reds will have a single position player that would qualify, if they don’t resign Puig. Suarez may be close. Senzel could get there. Votto is probably done being in that category.
      Half the starting position players need to at least be potential All-Stars. Having a solid 40 man roster is helpful and important, but need a handful of players who can carry a team.

      • Oldtimer

        Votto not necessarily done. Pete Rose (at age 38) in 1979 had arguably his best season ever. At least comparable to 1973. From age 34 to 40 he was as good as anyone doing leadoff duty in the lineup of MLB teams.

    • Wes

      Not sure how you can do much better than this roster- maybe add another catcher but it’s pretty stout and very deep. FO should focus on keep this whole group together and let them gel vs trading off pieces for inferior talent.

      Senzel, Puig, and Suarez are all top 5 in NL. Votto and 2nd platoon are top 1/2. I’ll take votto in the playoffs over over most first basemen who out perform him throughout the season.

      All they are missing is the 2nd top 50 pitcher. Go get em FO !

      • Cguy

        Yeah & his name is Matt Boyd. He’d probably cost more in prospects than the Reds should pay- but Tigers will trade him this month (most likely).

      • kevinz

        The Reds are top 5 in Pitching. They are in the bottom 3-5 in Hitting.
        So seems to me need to add to the Lousy offense as well.
        Suarez looks like how he did before his best season last year.
        The bullpen seems to be Gassed hopefully ASB helps with that.

      • Patrick

        Senzel, Puig and Suarez are not top 5 at their positions in the NL

        All 3 as hitters are around league average 100 wRC+

        Puig is like 7th in NL, Suarez is like 9th (loaded position in NL)

        I would put Senzel around 8th as far as CF goes (S. Marte, K. Marte, Acuna, Cain, Verdugo, Kingery, Dahl) Might even put Robles ahead of him.

    • Earmbrister

      Bred – If you’re going by the MLB pipeline ratings, just how many teams have a 60 prospect at the top of their farm system? I’m on vacation, and I’m not going to peruse this.

      And please don’t group 45-55 prospects in the same group. There’s a heckuva difference between a 55 prospect and a 45 prospect.

      The Reds have an above average system.

  3. RedBB

    .377 OBP shows a maturity that will play well at the MLB level. The power will come IMO. I could see a Reds team in a couple of years with Trammell, Senzel and Van Meter. All 3 have mature approaches to hitting and plate discipline that will serve them well.

  4. RojoBenjy

    TT gets the first RBI for his team. Making a bid for repeat game MVP!

    • RojoBenjy

      He was called out stealing home later, but the replay showed he was safe. No replay review in this game so it stands.

      But we know the truth.

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