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Taylor Trammell

Taylor Walter-Lee Trammell

Height: 6'2"    Weight: 213

Bats/Throws: Left / Left

Born: 09/13/1997 in Powder Springs, Georgia

Acquired: In trade from the San Diego Padres, with Ty France, Luis Torrens, and Andres Muñoz, for Austin Nola, Dan Altavilla, and Austin Adams (08/30/2020)

MLB Debut: 04/01/2021

Free Agent after:  season

Yet another highly-regarded outfielder in the Mariners' system, Trammell (emphasis on the MELL) was among the riches plundered from the Padres last August. The MVP of the 2018 Futures Game, the 23-year-old is trying to crack the Mariners' roster after just one season above Class-A ball. In 2019 he spent the entire season at Double-A, first in the Reds' organization and then the Padres' after a three-team trade that netted the Reds Trevor Bauer; he only hit .234, but his OBP was good until the move, dropping from .349 with Chattanooga to just .316 with Amarillo (which might be why San Diego was willing to part with him). That history doesn't suggest instant big-league success, but Trammell has always been a highly-esteemed prospect (drafted in the first round out of high school in 2016) and has appeared on Baseball America's, Baseball Prospectus', and MLB's Top 100 Prospect lists since 2017. He's been tearing it up at spring training, but that's spring training; we've all seen players wreak havoc in the Cactus League only to flame out once the season started. (Quick, who hit .455 to lead the Cactus League in 2012? That's right, Munenori Kawasaki, who went on to bat .192. And who mashed to the tune of a 1.455 OPS in the spring of 2018? None other than Daniel Vogelbach, who would hit .207/.324/.368.) Still, it might be enough to get him not only on the squad but in the starting lineup over Jake Fraley, especially given manager Scott Servais' decisions last year that saw Fraley spend most of his time at the club's alternate training site.

Skipping the high minors is usually a bad idea and the M's have a wealth of outfielders. We'll likely see Trammell in the big leagues at some point this year, whether he makes the cut out of camp or not; having too many outfielders to choose from is a decent problem to have, and if he does start off in Tacoma he'll be just a half-hour away in case of injury or struggles on the big club.

TH, 3/21/21