The Seattle Mariners could have a third prospect in the Rookie of the Year conversation in 2021
Taylor Trammell is the fifth-ranked Mariners prospect right behind Logan Gilbert, and Trammell is also the 51st overall MLB prospect. The Seattle Mariners have rarely had this many exciting prospects at once, and it is impressive to have six Mariners players in the Top 100 MLB prospects. Jerry Dipoto acquired Trammell from the San Diego Padres when we sent over Austin Nola, Dan Altavilla, and Austin Adams.
Trammell was just one part of the young group of players that joined the Mariners at the 2020 trade deadline, and the Mariners are one lucky organization to bring in a top prospect like Trammell. The speedy lefty was recently added to the 40-man roster to protect him from being drafted in the MLB Rule 5 Draft.
The Mariners top prospect has an impressive box of tools including athleticism, hitting savvy, and even some sneaky power. After being drafted out of high school, he has a solid .270 batting average, .363 OBP, has hit 33 home runs, and stolen 110 bases. Trammell has played in 426 minor league games and reached Double-A in 2019.
Like Kelenic and Gilbert, Trammell’s highest minor league level was Double-A, but that was back in 2019. All minor leaguers missed out on a 2020 season so these three Mariners prospects probably would have played in Triple-A. That being said, they are on track to playing in 2021 at the big league level, but they might be a little behind compared to past rookies who had a full year of games under their belts.
Taylor Trammell did get to play in the Instructional League in Arizona so he did get some extra reps. The upcoming Spring Training will be a much better indication of how ready Trammell is for the MLB and if he can translate his minor league performances into the MLB, he is another competitor for the Rookie of the Year in 2021.
How crazy would it be if three Seattle Mariners rookies all received votes for Rookie of the Year in 2021? Mariners fans argued that Justus Sheffield should have received some ROY votes after his outstanding 2020 season in the rotation. I do not think it is crazy to think that Kelenic, Gilbert, and Trammell could be running for the ROY campaign in 2021.