Taylor Trammell – Left Handed Hitter, Reds
Red Rain was drafted 35th overall by Cincinnati in the 2016 draft and signed for $3.2 million (~$1.4 million over slot) forgoing his scholarship to Georgia Tech. Unlike most high school athletes of his ilk, Trammell was a baseball player first and football player second during high school. This uncommon distinction allowed him to hit the ground running to start his professional baseball career aided by his superior bat control/coordination, patient-all-fields approach and wonderful pitch recognition skills. Trammell’s game is geared toward making contact to utilize his 70-grade speed and steal bases to get into scoring position for his teammates (41 swipes in 2017!). However, his swing mechanics are not tailored to slap a bunch of ground balls around like several current Cincinnati Reds – it is mostly level with some slight lift which allowed him to showcase his raw power to the tune of 47 extra base hits (13 home runs) in his first full season. Additional outputs of Trammell’s professional approach and hitting acumen are glaringly positive when you analyze some splits/advanced statistics; his K/BB% of 1.73 (123 K, 71 BB) is very positive for a 19-year-old in full season ball, he showed competence against LHP to the tune of a .717 OPS, and his only subpar month was April as he did a tremendous job staying consistent throughout the long season.
His success in 2017 was built upon his conservative approach and hopefully he sticks with it going forward and can avoid the temptation of selling out for power. There is one key area of improvement that is easily identifiable for Trammell to take the next step in 2018. He needs to do a better job when he gets behind in the count (.159/.157/.255/44.5% K rate). If he does a better job of putting the ball in play when down in the count, his numbers will improve drastically across the board and they were already exceptional in 2017 (he absolutely dominates when he is ahead in the count).
Look for an exciting year from Trammell in 2018 for the FSL High-A Daytona Beach Tortugas and potentially the Southern League Pensacola Blue Wahoos and get him in your dynasty leagues while you still can!