Mariners: The story of Taylor Trammell now begins

Taylor Trammell, a Mariners prospect leads off.

PEORIA, ARIZONA – MARCH 04: Taylor Trammell, a Mariners prospect, leads off. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

March 27th, 2021 will be a day to remember for Mariners prospect Taylor Trammell. The 23-year-old found out that he made the Opening Day roster and would start in left field or center field. Manager Scott Servais informed Trammell prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants and apparently, he broke down and cried.

It’s been a windy road for Taylor Trammell

It’s been a tough past few years for Taylor Trammell. Although he was and still is a highly-touted prospect, he has been with three different organizations since being drafted in 2016. When you are a young kid that was just drafted out of high school, I am sure there is a lot going through your head when you’ve been traded twice.

Trammell is human too, and I can’t even imagine what it’s been as a 21-year-old. I wouldn’t be surprised if he questioned whether he was good enough, whether the Reds and Padres believed in him, or whether he’d even make the big leagues?

So, I bet he felt all of the emotions yesterday. I bet he was a bit relieved to feel wanted by an organization and be rewarded for his hard work.

2021 Mariners Spring Training

As I have noted multiple times this month, Taylor Trammell has been one of the most impressive players in Mariners Spring Training for me. I knew that the Mariners prospect could hit, but I didn’t think he would perform this well.

Trammell hit his third home run this Spring yesterday against the Giants and is batting .302 with a .388 OBP and 1.016 OPS. He has the third-highest OPS on the roster behind Jarred Kelenic and Ty France.

The Georgia native has also used his speed on the base paths and is 2 for 3 in stolen base attempts. The former first-round pick has also made several great defensive plays and is looking like a great all-around outfielder.

2021 outlook

I am super excited to watch Taylor play this season and I think he has a legitimate case for the AL Rookie of the Year. There are many big names contending for the ROY award like his teammate Jarred Kelenic, 2020 postseason star Randy Arozarena, Orioles rookie Ryan Mountcastle, and others.

Taylor Trammell will also just be a fun person to watch on the field because of his playstyle. He’s got speed and pop so he’s going to hustle for infield singles but will hit plenty of extra-base hits and balls over the fences. It’s sort of like a Trea Turner experience. *crossing my fingers

For 2021, I predict that Trammell will hit .265, hit 15 home runs, and steal 30 bases.