Taylor Trammell
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The most recognizable prospect to get moved at the trade deadline, Trammell netted the Reds a little over a year of Trevor Bauer while giving the Padres a high-upside reclamation project. In his final three months with the Reds, he hit .220/.329/.309 with three home runs in 71 games, and was not much better initially with the Padres. However, he hit .342/.416/.646 with five home runs and a 25:9 K:BB in his final 20 games (mostly the Texas League playoffs), giving a sliver of hope to those who still believe in him hitting his ceiling. His plus speed is enticing for fantasy -- he was 21-for-29 on SB attempts across 135 games. He figures to slow down in the coming years but could have some 20-steal seasons early on. Trammell needs to hit to play in a crowded Padres outfield, and it seems he may have just been too talented to struggle in the lower levels, and was then exposed by Double-A pitching (23.6 Hard%). Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Reds in June of 2016 that includes a $3.2 million signing bonus. Traded to the Padres in July of 2019.
Sent to minor-league camp
OFSan Diego Padres  AA
March 11, 2020
Trammell was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
The talented young outfielder enjoyed a strong spring, batting .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles, a triple and four RBI in Cactus League play. Though he'll begin the campaign in the minors, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Trammell called up to the Padres at some point in 2020.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The peak of Trammell’s pro career to date was the 2018 Futures Game, where he went 2-for-2 with a home run and a triple en route to MVP honors. In 54 games since that high point (including Arizona Fall League play), he has two home runs and 15 steals (on 17 attempts), which illustrates his upside and the aspect of his game that needs some work. Despite his 70-grade speed, Trammell is not a great defender in center field, which may put more pressure on his bat. The Florida State League can suppress offense, but his .128 ISO as a 20-year-old is still discouraging. To date, he has struck out at a manageable clip while posting excellent walk rates for a player with his physical tools, but he has not yet been given a particularly challenging assignment. Double-A will be that test. If he can make adjustments and find success at that level, Trammell will solidify his status as one of the top outfield prospects in the minors. If not, his stock will take a hit.
Prep position players with the "two-sport athlete" tag typically take a couple years to adjust to pro pitching, but Trammell has shown surprisingly advanced plate skills early in his career. As a 19-year-old, he finished in the top 10 in the Midwest League in wRC+ (131), AVG (.281), OBP (.368), and SLG (.450) while striking out at a manageable 21.5 percent clip. What makes him highly coveted from a fantasy perspective is that, in addition to being an advanced, well-rounded hitter with power and batting average upside, he boasts 70-grade speed. This allowed him to rank second in the league in triples (10) and steals (41). In this changing fantasy landscape, where seemingly everyone can hit for power, the players who can really hit while also contributing heavily in stolen bases are the rarest of the rare. Ronald Acuna, Victor Robles, and Royce Lewis make up the first tier of this breed of prospect, and Trammell heads up the second tier. He is a legitimate dynasty-league building block.
A two-sport star in high school, Trammell is an exceptional athlete with rare instincts for the game of baseball; he has an advanced eye and approach given his age and level of experience. He drew walks at a 9.1 percent clip in rookie ball after being drafted with the 35th overall pick by the Reds in 2016, leading to a .374 OBP. He flashed a bit of power to complement his outstanding speed -- he went 24-for-31 on the basepaths and stretched six triples. Trammell won't be put on the fast track like the Reds' top pick, Nick Senzel, but he should join a full-season club for the first time at some point in 2017, if not to begin the campaign. If he can improve his contact skills a bit without sacrificing power, Trammell should establish himself as a key piece in the Reds' rebuild and a valuable asset in long-term keeper leagues.
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In mix for outfield spot
OFSan Diego Padres  AA
March 8, 2020
Trammell survived Sunday's round of roster cuts and remains in the running for an Opening Day roster spot, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Looking good in Cactus League
OFSan Diego Padres  AA
March 1, 2020
Trammell has reached base in half of his 16 plate appearances thus far in spring games.
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Invited to big-league camp
OFSan Diego Padres  AA
January 16, 2020
Trammell was invited to the Padres' major-league spring training Thursday.
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Powers Double-A squad to title
OFSan Diego Padres  AA
September 16, 2019
Trammell went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Double-A Amarillo's victory over Tulsa in the decisive game of the Texas League Championship Series on Sunday.
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Swinging hot stick in Double-A
OFSan Diego Padres  AA
September 7, 2019
Trammell has gone 5-for-13 with a home run and two RBI for Double-A Amarillo in the first three games of the Texas League Division Series.
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