The Cincinnati Reds have picked high school outfielder Taylor Trammell from Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia with their #35 overall pick in the competitive balance round between the 1st and 2nd round.
The Reds grabbed up a high end talent here with Trammell, who ranked as high as #13 on the Baseball America Top 500 players in this years draft. He ranked as the #32 prospect on the MLB Pipeline list.
Let’s jump into a scouting report.
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 195 lbs. | Born: September 13, 1997 | B/T: L/L
Taylor Trammell Scouting Report
The outfielder is a potential five-tool player. His best tool is his plus-plus speed. That will help him both in the field and on the bases. He’s got the speed that should play quite well in center field where he projects to be an above-average fielder. His arm is fringy-average, but should play in center field and has improved over the last year after putting in plenty of work to get it to that point.
At the plate Taylor Trammell shows off good bat speed and has started to show average to slightly above-average raw power. He’s 6′ 2″ and 195 lbs, so he may be able to tap into that size and utilize the bat speed to hit 15+ home runs, which would play quite well as a center fielder. Entering the year there were some real concerns about his pitch recognition skills, but he made strides at the plate in this regard as the season moved forward. He still needs to continue to improve in this area, but he showed signs that he was starting to figure it out in 2016.
He’s an outstanding athlete and was the football player of the year in Georgia where he scored 36 touchdowns. As a big-time football player he’s behind the curve when it comes to experience on the baseball field compared to a majority of the players in this high school draft class.
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