Taylor Trammell entered the 2018 season as one of the Cincinnati Reds top prospects. He was coming off of a season in Dayton where he hit .281/.368/.450 with 24 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs, and he stole 41 bases. And he did all of that while showing big time range in left field and that he was capable of handling center field just fine when he did play over there.
That performance earned him a promotion to Advanced-A to begin this season. He hasn’t missed a beat this season, but last week he took it up to another level. Taylor Trammell hit .385/.467/.577 over the last seven games, racking up hits in six of them. That also came along with two doubles, four walks, and a home run. That performance led to the outfielder making the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet this week. He came in at #13 on the list and was the only Reds prospect to make it this week.
For the season it’s been a nice step forward for Taylor Trammell. He’s hitting .286/.394/.512 on the season for the Daytona Tortugas. In 99 plate appearances he’s drawn 15 walks with 17 strikeouts. Both the walk rate and the strikeout rate are improvements from what he did in 2017 with Dayton.
It’s more of a continuation of what he did in the second half. From the start of July through the end of the season Taylor Trammell really showed a difference in walk and strikeout rates. In those 58 games he walked 36 times with 49 strikeouts over 254 plate appearances. That’s a walk rate of 14.2% to go along with a 19.3% strikeout rate. In the first half those rates were 11% and 23.3%.
As has been pointed out on these pages for a very long time, strikeout-to-walk ratio plays a big role in how productive a hitter can be. But power is also a big part of that, too. And right now he’s slugging .512. That on it’s own would be impressive, but that he’s doing it in the Florida State League makes it even more so.
The Florida State League is the most pitcher friendly league in all of the Minor Leagues. It is playing out to be a little more friendly for hitters early on in 2018. Currently the league average OPS is .705 and the league average slugging percentage is .378. Last year those numbers were .680 and .360.
Moving to a far more pitcher friendly league, but seeing improvements at the plate is a good sign for Taylor Trammell and the Cincinnati Reds. He’s the kind of player who could move relatively quickly through the system. He’s capable of playing a position of need (center fielder), he’s very athletic, can run and he’s done nothing but hit for the last three months (.297/.399/.473 in 353 plate appearances since July 1st last season).