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Trammell attended Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He played both baseball and football. Trammell played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game in August 2015. He committed to play college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Considered a top prospect for the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Trammell with the 35th overall pick.
Trammell signed with the Reds and was assigned to the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He posted a .303 batting average with 2 home runs, 34 RBIs, 6 triples, and 24 stolen bases in 61 games.
In 2017, he played for the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League, where he batted .281. He also hit 13 home runs and stole 41 bases. In 2018, he played for the Daytona Tortugas of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, batting .277 with eight home runs, 41 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases in 110 games. In 2019, Trammell played for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League and hit .234 with 10 home runs, and 20 steals in Double-A but caught fire in the Texas League playoffs hitting .356 with 3 home runs in 10 games.
Trammell has been a highly touted prospect for years. However, Trammell in 2019 actually struggled to hit the ball consistently in double-A. He was very much a swing and miss hitter and his strikeout percentage have reached 27%. He also had most of the hard-hit balls to the pull side.
Nonetheless, when Trammell was traded to the Padres, hitting coach Ron Washington helped him improve his swing. His improved swing is more compact and fluid. It will allow him to make contact consistently and with more power. Despite his struggles, Trammell has shown to have good plate discipline. His ability to draw walks is definitely a strong point. His walk percentage has been above 10% every year as per Fangraphs.
Statistically speaking, his batting average is pretty low. If Trammell can be more aggressive in hitting his pitches, he can boost his batting average in not time. Moreover, he has struggled to hit offspeed pitches in double-A, so it will be an area he needs to improve.
Trammell hasn’t quite shown his power in games, but the raw power and the bat speed are still there. In the minors, his power mostly comes from the pull side.
However, Trammell in spring training has shown he can hit the ball to all parts of the field. The swing change has shown to be a good improvement adding some pop to his swing and can allow him to tap into some of his power in-game.
His athleticism and natural speed give the ability to cover a lot of ground in the outfield. Trammell shows a solid ability to read balls well in the outfield and takes good routes to the ball.
Trammell is an excellent baserunner. He has stolen 20+ bases each year in the minors. He displays natural athleticism and definitely has the ability to disrupt defenses with his ability to steal bases.
Trammell’s arm is his main liability. His arm is fringe, and he does not display a lot of arm strength.
Although his throws are accurate, when he puts his body into it, his arm strength is fringe at best and best described as below average.
However, Trammell has stated he has been working on his arm strength last offseason so there are definitely hopes that the arm can be acceptable.
Future Value: 50
When Trammell was drafted, there was a lot of hype around him. While that hyped has diminished after struggles in double-A, he still projects to be a good player for the Mariners organization. This guy has the athleticism and the work ethic to become a real asset to the Mariners.
His speed allows him to cover ground in the outfield, but it will remain to see if his fringe arm could limit his playing ability. Nonetheless, his ability to get on base and steal bases is what makes him special.
Trammell is not a finished product, but the raw ingredients are definitely there for him to fit in left field.