Taylor Trammell hits his first Mariners big fly
Taylor Trammell has already crossed several things off of his “things to accomplish” list and was able to check off one more item yesterday. The 23-year-old Mariners prospect hit his first big league home run and it was an important one.
Taylor Trammell‘s first year in the bigs has been a mixed bag thus far but he’s made a few really nice plays in the outfield and walked a lot. Strikeouts and consistency have been an issue for him but his first home run could be the confidence booster he needs.
Taylor Trammell’s first big league home run
Trammell’s home run ended up being crucial because the Mariners narrowly defeated the Twins. The Mariners center fielder led off the top of the third inning in a 0-0 deadlock. Michael Pineda was pitching pretty well and had not allowed a hit yet.
The former Mariners pitcher started Taylor off with a fastball outside the zone. After that, he came back with another fastball but left it belt-high in the middle of the plate. The speedy outfielder took Pineda’s 87.6 mph fastball 371 feet into the tall right-field seats at Target Field.
He put a really good swing on it but I don’t think he even got all of it. The exit velocity on the swing was 99.0 mph and had a 35-degree launch angle which equaled a .320 xBA.
Yesterday’s home run is the third hit of the season (oof) but he’s still learning how to hit in the big leagues. It’s another memorable moment for Trammell and I am sure there will be a few more coming up this year. Hopefully he can get that home run ball.
Taylor Trammell was the winning run
On top of his big league homer, Trammell also scored the winning run. Trammell started on second base to start the top of the 10th inning since he was the last out in the bottom of the ninth. He didn’t have that tough of a job to do, but he didn’t make any base running mistakes. Braden Bishop laid down a nice bunt single which moved Taylor to third. J.P. Crawford hit a ground ball to third base which held Trammell at third, but advanced Bishop to second.
Trammell could’ve easily zoned out and went home but was locked in and stayed at third base. On the next play, Mitch Haniger hit a sacrifice fly to score Trammell to give a one-run lead which was just enough.
After the game, Taylor spoke to Dave Sims and Mike Blowers! He said the HR felt really good and he couldn’t stop smiling. The Mariners outfielder told Sims and Blowers that he’s just trying to be himself and trying to stay even-keeled as the season goes on. “Seeing the ball, hitting the ball” said Trammell.