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.
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.
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.