Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert will make their MLB debut today, which means someone has to be sent down and that player is Taylor Trammell. Trammell has struggled in the big leagues but there were lots of good moments in a Mariners uniform.
That being said, I am excited to see what adjustments he can make in Tacoma and what Taylor Trammell 2.0 will look like.
The good of Taylor Trammell’s first 27 Mariners games
I was very happy with Taylor Trammell’s power. I tend to associate speed with weak power but the 23-year-old defied that stereotype. He hit four home runs in 83 at-bats and hit a couple of very long dingers.
It was also good to see him using one of his best tools, his speed. He was two for four in stolen base attempts. The Mariners prospect also made some nice defensive plays during the first month of baseball in some key moments.
Last but not least, his glowing personality was caught on tape numerous times and certainly made me smile. Trammell became an instant fan favorite despite his offensive struggles, and I imagine him being a future star in Mariners commercials.
The ugly of Taylor Trammell’s first 27 Mariners games
He struggled with the bat, and to some degree, it was expected. Trammell is still 23-years-old and skipped Triple-A. He owns a .157 batting average and a .593 OPS. Trammell is also in the first percentile for xwOBA, and the second percentile for average exit velocity, xSLG, and whiff percentage.
Teams quickly caught onto the scouting report and Trammell saw a lot of offspeed pitches. He saw fastballs only half the time. Breaking balls accounted for 31% while other offspeed pitches accounted for 19%.
He hit slightly better against the fastball, but he really struggled across the whole board.
Why I am optimistic and excited to see him later this year
As I stated earlier, I am excited to see Taylor Trammell after he gets a chance to regroup and make adjustments in Tacoma. We saw glimpses of his 55 hit and 50 power scouting grades during his short stint in Seattle. If he can get more consistent, I think Trammell should make the All-Star team more than a handful of times.
Remember, Trammell is still young and has a lot to learn. There is no reason for Mariners fans to give up on him and if anything, they should be pleased with how he played in his first MLB season. It is good for Taylor Trammell to spend some time in Tacoma so he can really focus on making adjustments rather than having the pressure to perform.
Thanks for all the highlight plays and I can’t wait to have you back in Seattle, Taylor.