Taylor Walter-Lee Trammell
Height: 6'2" Weight: 213 lbs.
Bats/Throws: Left / Left
Born: 09/13/1997 in Powder Springs, Georgia
MLB Debut: 04/01/2021
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)
Free Agent after: 2027 season
Yet another highly-regarded outfielder in the Mariners' system, Trammell (emphasis on the MELL) was among the riches plundered from the Padres in August of 2020. The MVP of the 2018 Futures Game, Trammell made last year's opening day roster with the Mariners and did poorly, belatedly getting sent down to Triple-A after batting .157 with a whopping 41 strikeouts. The M's brought him back after only a month, and again he wasn't ready; in that second stint he hit all of .164 with another 34 Ks before getting sent back down. This year Trammell started with Tacoma and promptly got hurt, straining his hamstring badly while running out a ground ball; thanks to injuries and failures on the big-league club, Trammell didn't go back to the Rainiers but straight up to the M's as soon as he was healed up. It was a promotion of necessity, but this time around Taylor has looked like he belongs. It's only been a couple of weeks, not nearly long enough to draw real conclusions, but he's no longer the whiff machine he was and has gotten aboard at a .350 clip to this point, playing mostly as the left-handed half of a right-field platoon with Dylan Moore. One big reason for the improvement is a change of approach—he is no longer swinging for the fences. “I’m just really focused on my swing path and just trying to stay as simple as possible,” Trammell said. “The power is there. I’ve shown it. That’s not really a big worry for me right now. It’s about getting on base.” With luck this is the real Taylor living up to his potential.