Dragons on Deck: Taylor Trammell

By Tom Nichols / Dayton Dragons | October 29, 2019 9:08 AM

Position:  Outfielder

Trammell is currently ranked as the San Diego Padres #2 prospect and the 28th best prospect in all of baseball by MLBPipeline.com. He is also ranked as the #9 outfield prospect in baseball. He was the Reds supplemental first round selection and 35th overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia.

2019 Season:  Trammell entered the 2019 season as the Reds #2 prospect and was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga. He appeared in 94 games with the Lookouts, batting .236 with six home runs and 17 stolen bases. On July 31, 2019, the Reds traded Trammell in a three-team deal that brought starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati, with Trammell going to San Diego. As part of the deal, the Reds sent outfielder Yasiel Puig and former Dragons pitcher Scott Moss (who had also been with Chattanooga) to the Cleveland Indians. After the trade, Trammell was assigned to the Padres Double-A club, Amarillo. He appeared in 32 games, batting .229 with four home runs. Trammell did enjoy a huge post-season with Amarillo, belting three home runs including a ninth inning grand slam in the final game of the Texas League championship series that lifted his team to the T.L. title.

With the Dragons:  Trammell was one of the stars of the Dragons 2017 playoff team that came within one win of reaching the Midwest League championship series for the first time in franchise history. Despite being one of the youngest everyday players in the league at age 19, Trammell was a force in the Dragons lineup, both as a hitter and on the base paths. He played in 129 games for the Dragons, mostly as the team's left fielder, batting .281 with 13 home runs, 77 runs batted in, and 41 stolen bases. Trammell and his Dragons teammate, Jose Siri, became the first two players in Dragons history to hit at least 10 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in a season (no other Dragons players have recorded that statistical combination before or since). 

Outlook: Trammell would hope to use his tremendous 2019 playoff success as a springboard into 2020, perhaps reaching the Major Leagues with the Padres at some point during the upcoming season.

Fun Facts: Trammell was the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 SiriusXM MLB Futures All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. when he hit one home run and narrowly missed another. He returned to the Futures Game again in 2019…Trammell was the 2015 Georgia High School Football Class A Offensive Player of the Year when he scored 38 touchdowns in a single season and rushed for nearly 2,500 yards…Trammell was a teammate on the 2017 Dragons team with close friend Tyler Stephenson. Both players hail from the Kennesaw, Georgia area (about 25 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta).

Click here for video and comments from Trammell from the 2018 Futures Game, via MLB.com (game story by Jessica Kleinschmidt).

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