Scouting Report: Taylor Trammell – Cincinnati Reds

Taylor Trammell – OF Daytona Tortugas

Age: 20 (9/13/97)

Bats: L, Throws: L

6’2″, 195 lbs.

Body:  Tall, lean, athletic build.  Looks like he could play WR.  Strong legs, arms, wrists. Will add “good” muscle as the body matures which should translate to increased power.

Stance:  Open with slight crouch. No leg kick, minimal stride. Hips tend to stay open through stride but he does keep the front shoulder closed. Bat speed is plus with quick wrists.

Hit:  Patient hitter.  Stays short to the ball.  Swing is geared toward up the middle to RCF.  Doesn’t look to pull the ball.  Will hit to LF but spits on most pitches away.  Works the count, doesn’t overswing or sell out.  Multiple strike outs looking on hard stuff which will improve with experience and maturity.  Rarely expands the zone but is vulnerable to high fastballs and sliders away from LHP.  Makes hard contact.  Is strong enough to muscle missed pitches to the OF for base hits. Shows good maturity with situational hitting.   45/60

Power:  Emerging. Swing and stance don’t lend itself to in-game power translation yet. Power is to RCF and pull-side. Doesn’t appear to have power to opposite field due to hips staying slightly open.  Power will improve as body grows but will need to utilize strong lower half more efficiently.  Profiles as a top of the order hitter right now but should grow into a middle of the order power threat. Reminds me a bit of a young Freddie Freeman in regards to growth into power.  40/60

Speed:  Plus runner that gets out of the box quickly. Long strides with powerful legs. 4.07 home to first.  Quick-twitch athlete with dynamic first step. Has the potential to steal 30-40 bases.  70/70

Defense: Still raw defensively. Uses elite athleticim to track balls. Profiles as a corner OF at MLB level with ability to cover CF. Defense plays up on corners. Made three gold glove calibre plays in RF. Two diving catches off line drives from RH bat to rob extra base hits. Tracked one ball well to warning track and made catch crashing into the wall.  50/55

Arm: Weakest of the 5 tools. Lacks sizzle on throws. May limit impact as a CF/RF at the MLB level.  40/45

Overall: Dynamic toolsy outfielder with advanced hitting approach.  Ranked #5 on Doc Riddle’s 2018 Reds Top 50 Prospects back in January. Eye is impressive for young hitter and should get better as pitch recognition improves. Will impact games in all facets. Power will be the last tool to develop and could become 25-30 HR bat. Should hit .270-.280-ish with plus OBP and SLG.  30-30 potential with chance to be a plus corner defender.  FV: 55


Featured image of Taylor Trammell – via Bryan Green on Flickr

Jason Woodell has written about prospects for numerous sites. He got his start with Prospects1500 and has provided reports on prospects for Baseball Prospectus, 2080 Baseball, and Pinstriped Prospects. Jason is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and former model in Jordan. He lives in Tampa, likes dogs, craft beer, and his wife…not necessarily in that order.
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