Taylor Trammell began the year rated as the Cincinnati Reds 3rd top prospect behind Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene. The outfielder was also rated inside of the top 35 by the national publications for all of Minor League Baseball. To say that Trammell was well regarded would be an understatement. In 2018 the outfielder spent his entire season in Daytona where he had a bit of an up-and-down season. In April and May, over 189 plate appearances, he hit .308/.418/.491. And that came in a very pitching friendly Florida State League. Things slowed down from June through the end of the season, though. In 272 plate appearances in that stretch he hit just .256/.346/.349. That, of course, doesn’t include him going wild in The Futures Game, where he homered, tripled, and took home MVP honors.
There was some inconsistency, though. And right before the season began, Taylor Trammell spoke about wanting to improve in that area this season. So far, so good. On Wednesday night the Reds outfield prospect went 1-2 with 2 walks and a solo home run for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. That put his line through 11 games at .351/.500/.622. That’s not a typo – his on-base percentage is an even and cool .500. That’s because he’s walked 11 times in 11 games.
Manzanero, Willems go deep in a Dayton win
The Dayton Dragons rode solid pitching and the home run to a win on Wednesday night as they closed out a home stand with a 4-3 win. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning Pabel Manzanero took an 0-1 breaking ball and crushed it 395 feet onto the concourse in left-center field to tie the game up.
It was the first home run of the year for the catcher, who hit 9 of them last season for the Billings Mustangs. In the bottom of the 7th inning, holding a 3-2 lead, it was Jonathan Willems who came to the plate to pad the lead. And it turns out that Dayton would actually need that run. Getting ahead in the count 1-0, the next pitch came in at 92 MPH and it left harder than that. And it left at a launch angle that seemingly would have to be near the absolute top end of the scale for balls that go for home runs.
Christian Colon remains hot for the Louisville Bats
Over the last two days Christian Colon has turned a slow start into a hot one. On Tuesday he went 4-5 with two runs scored and he drove in another run. Yesterday saw him go 3-4 with a walk, home run, two runs scored, and two more runs batted in. His OPS jumped from .606 prior to Tuesday to .835 by the end of Tuesday. The early season big game or two swing is real.
Aristides Aquino had a big game of his own on Tuesday. He came to the plate four times and he reached base all four times. He had two hits and he walked in the other two plate appearances. In the 6th inning he hit an absolute laser into the left-field seats for the Bats – his 3rd homer of the season. The power has played quite well in Louisville. The outfielder is now hitting .256/.313/.581 with eight extra-base hits in 11 games played.