Enjoy this great interview with Reds prospect Taylor Trammell, courtesy of Baseball America’s JJ Cooper. Trammell, of course, won the MVP of the MLB All-Star Futures Game this week.

If you’re like me, you’ll be really encouraged by Trammell. He a bright, impressive young kid with an equally bright future ahead of him. Now if the Reds would just start pushing him higher in the system…

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. I have a blast whenever I’m at bat and I look at 4 pitches and I walk. That’s like a homerun to me.

    Get this kid here, STAT!

  2. There’s not a more relevant prospect thread at the moment, but I caught the Bats play last night in Rochester…. The highlight was a bases-loaded double to dead center by Brandon Dixon, although he had an error in left on a terrible throw to third that led to a run.

    The lowlight was Brandon Finnegan, who took over from Keury Mella with runners on first and second in the fifth and the Bats leading 5-4, having just scored five runs to take the lead in their half of the inning.

    Then he got out his gas can and lighter and did this: walk – grand slam – hit batter – pop out – ground out – stolen base – double – error on easy comebacker – walk with wild pitch to score run and then pulled (after which a couple more scored)…. Yeesh… So, 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2BB, HBP, WP, 6 R, 3 ER which is deceptive since it was his own error…. Bats lose 13-6 after an 8-run fifth.

  3. I wish I had been as mature at that age as Trammell is. He has a very high ceiling. And floor.

  4. Wow, this kid’s maturity level is flat out amazing! At 20 he already has a solid understanding of certain subtle nuances of the game that some guys never figure out through an entire career. His baseball IQ seems off the charts.

  5. Trammel is a big reason why I think we should keep Billy. combine him with Schebler or Friedl in the corner outfield positions then you can live with lower offensive numbers from your centerfielder. Similar to Geronimo in center with Griffey and Foster flanking him with the Big Red Machine.

  6. Except Geronimo was a better hitter, especially during those world series years, in 76 he had a 307 avg and 382 obp, but your point is well taken.

  7. Trammell has a good head on his shoulders. I really liked his story about meeting Hank Aaron that I saw in another interview at the Futures Game

  8. I echo your comments Chad by pushing him through.He will let you know when to stop.Tired off this he is two or three years away stuff all the time.Does anybody think if Peraza had been in our minor league system he would have reached the bigs at 21 years of age.The answer is nope but somebody traded for him and because of that he was given a shot.It all comes down to the same thing with everybody and that is can they hit major league pitching.

  9. Taylor Trammell just became my new favorite prospect. Thinks deeply about the game.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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