Taylor Trammell

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Taylor Walter-Lee Trammell

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Outfielder Taylor Trammell was a top prospect in three different organizations before making his major league debut on Opening Day in 2021.

He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the 35th overall pick in the first competitive balance round of the 2016 amateur draft, out of a high school in Georgia. He began his pro career that season with the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League, where he hit .303 in 61 games, with 2 homers and 34 RBIs. In 2017, he was promoted to the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League and in 129 games he hit .281/.368/.450, with 24 doubles, 10 triples and 13 homers. he scored 80 runs and drove in 77 and also stole 41 bases. He confirmed his status as one of the top prospects in the game in 2018 when he hit .295 in the fist half of the season with the Daytona Tortugas of the Florida State League. He was named to the United States team for the 2018 Futures Game which took place on July 15th in Washington, DC and put his immense talent on display by being named the winner of the Larry Doby Award as the game's MVP. He hit a home run in the 6th, then leading off the 8th he drove a ball to the deepest part of centerfield. It appeared to be another homer, but it bounced on the fence and fell back on the field for a stand-up triple. He finished the year at .277 with 8 homers and 41 RBIs in 110 games for Daytona.

He was named to return to the Futures Game in 2019; the format had been changed since his first participation, and he was now part of the National League roster. He played the first four months of that season with the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, where he hit .236 with 6 homers and 33 RBIs, rather pedestrian numbers for a top prospect. Still, on July 30th, he was acquired by the San Diego Padres in a trade for OF Franmil Reyes, P Logan Allen and fellow prospect Victor Nova; all three players, along with OF Yasiel Puig and another prospect, were then flipped to the Cleveland Indians in return for P Trevor Bauer. He finished the season with the Amarillo Sod Poodles, still in AA but in the Texas League, where he hit .229 in 32 games, with 4 homers and 10 RBIs. In 2020, with the minor leagues shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic, he was assigned to the Padres' alternate training site. On August 30th, he was included in his second major trade in a little more than a year, heading to the Seattle Mariners alongside IF Ty France, P Andres Munoz and C Luis Torrens in return for C Austin Nola and Ps Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla.

Taylor made his major league debut with the Mariners as the starting centerfielder on Opening Day, April 1, 2021, against the San Francisco Giants. While another prospect, Jarred Kelenic, seemed to gather all the media attention during spring training, he also played well, hitting .311 and slugging .644 and started in place of Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis, who was injured, while batting fifth. He went 0 for 3, but drew a pair of walks, scored a run and drove one in in his maiden game.

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