In this ongoing series that will last most of spring training, we’re going to look at each player that will be in Major League camp with the Cincinnati Reds. Each post will have some information on the player. There will be some background information, profiling, projections, and more. To see all of the posts in the series, you can click here. Today we are going to look at outfielder Taylor Trammell.

Taylor Trammell’s Background

Acquired: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round, 35th overall, in the 2016 Draft.

Born: 9/13/1997

Bats/Throws: Left/Left

Height/Weight: 6′ 2″ / 215lbs

Years of MLB Experience: Zero.

Taylor Trammell was a highly touted two-sport athlete at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was the state of Georgia’s Class A offensive player of the year in football after rushing for 2479 yards and 36 touchdowns his senior year. But it was baseball that had the outfielders interest beyond high school after hitting .463 and stealing 29 bases as a senior.

Taylor Trammell’s 2018 Season

The 2018 season was one that had it’s ups and downs for Taylor Trammell. His entire season was spent in the Florida State League. With the Reds Advanced-A affiliate in Daytona he hit .277/.375/.406 with 25 steals. His season, though, was a tale of two halves. In April and May he combined to hit .308/.418/.491 in the pitcher friendly league. But from June through August he struggled a bit, hitting .256/.346/.349 over the final 65 games of the season. The highlight of his season, though, came in The Futures Game during All-Star weekend. Trammell had a triple and a home run, earning MVP honors for the game.

Taylor Trammell’s Playing History

Having just turned 21-years-old after the 2018 season ended, there’s not a lot of playing history for Taylor Trammell. The outfielder began his career in Billings with the rookie-level Mustangs. In 61 games he hit .303 with 24 steals. In 2017 he spent the entire season with the Low-A Dayton Dragons. He hit .281/.368/.450 that season, showing off power and speed – adding 41 steals in 129 games. Last season was covered above, but it’s also worth noting that after the year he played in the Arizona Fall League. With Scottsdale he hit .298/.359/.393 in 22 games played.

Projecting Taylor Trammell for 2019

With no playing experience above A-ball, two of the projection systems didn’t even attempt to make projections for Taylor Trammell. ZiPS, however, took a shot at it. The projection isn’t great, but that’s not surprising given that he’ll be 21-years-old this season and has never played in the upper minor leagues.

ZiPS Projections | Steamer Projections | Marcels Projections

How could Taylor Trammell fit in Cincinnati in 2019?

Taylor Trammell is an outfielder. He can play in both center field and in left field. The Reds certainly have a need for a center fielder in 2019 – though there’s also some competition for the spot, too. With that said, it’s tough to see where Trammell winds up with that spot in the first half of the 2019 season. He’s almost assuredly slated to start his season in Double-A Chattanooga. From there he can work his way up if he plays well. Not being on the 40-man roster could keep him in the minor leagues all season, but if he’s going to make any appearances in Cincinnati in 2019, look for it to be in the second half and most likely towards the end of the season.

8 Responses

  1. CI3J

    Can someone explain something to me? I often hear about players being added to the 40-man roster to protect them from other teams (I guess in the Rule 5 draft?). Trammell is not on the 40-man, so why doesn’t another team just select him? Even if he’s not ready for MLB, wouldn’t a team like the Marlins, who aren’t going to be competing any time soon anyway, surely benefit from someone like Trammell getting reps at the MLB level if he eventually develops into the superstar many think he will be anyway?

    • Doug Gray

      The rule 5/drafting a guy thing goes like this:

      A player who is signed/drafted who is under the age of 19 when signed/drafted, does not have to be “protected” on the 40-man roster from the Rule 5 draft until they have 5 seasons. So, for example, a player drafted out of high school who was 18 or younger when signed from the 2014 draft just now had to be added to the 40-man roster this past offseason. Those who weren’t were eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

      With players who were 19 or older when drafted/signed, they need 4 seasons before needing to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected. In simple terms, players drafted out of college in 2015 just now had to be added to the 40-man roster this past offseason.

      A player who has signed his second professional contract is also eligible, regardless of the service time requirement. This is very rare, but has and does happen every so often.

      Not being on the 40-man doesn’t make just anyone eligible to be selected. Players have to meet the requirement of service time first. Trammell has not, thus no one can just take him.

      • ToBeDetermined

        CI3J — Thanks for the question
        & Doug — Thanks for the Answer

        It’s amazing that a game as simple as throw the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball. Can end up with such complex rules.

  2. Jreis

    Doug, could he have been injured last year? I saw him in Daytona a few times last year. Didn’t seem to have the bounce in his step as he did in Dayton.

    • Doug Gray

      He dealt with a few things last year health wise.

  3. bmblue

    I didn’t realize he was only turning 21. I do think his stock is at an all time high and if the reds were going to deal him, it should have been in the offseason. That leaves us to expect mid 2020 arrival. A lot variables and reds are giving themselves multiples options at CF, 2B, and corner OF depending on performance. If Jose Siri continues his performance from the DR and they feel comfortable giving CF to him, then senzel to 2nd and no scoot extenstion and probably no Puig extension. That way Scheb can bridge the LF gap to Trammel.

  4. doctor

    never seen Trammell play yet but just reading about him, i keep getting visions of a LH Eric Davis type of player. lol. that would be nice to say the least.

  5. Roy

    I keep hearing scouts compare him to Curtis Granderson.