Tacoma Rainiers: Taylor Trammell has more hits than Evan White
Here is your fun stat of the day… Taylor Trammell has more hits with the Tacoma Rainiers than Evan White has with the Seattle Mariners! I’ll be honest, this was a pretty rough topic to write about because I am a fan of Evan White’s future, but you have to address the harsh realities sometimes.
Since being sent down to the Tacoma Rainiers, Taylor Trammell has been absolutely on fire. I don’t want to call it, but I knew Trammell would succeed in Triple-A. He just needed some breath to room and focus on his improvements rather than just producing at the big league level under all the pressure.
Taylor Trammell’s crazy start with the Tacoma Rainiers
Talk about a guy who needed a change in scenery! Taylor Trammell skipped Triple-A and went straight from Double-A to the big leagues and he just wasn’t quite there yet. Trammell had some great moments in Seattle for the first month of the season, but spending time in Triple-A is the best for him.
He was clearly outmatched by major league pitching, especially breaking balls. So, he now has an opportunity to relax and really focus on himself. And that room to breathe has done wonders for him thus far.
In six games with the Tacoma Rainiers, he has 15 hits which is the most on the team (hahaha). He also leads the team in home runs, and RBI. Some of the household names in Tacoma have played 10-11 games for perspective.
I know some of you may be thinking in your head “we should call up Taylor Trammell” but I would disagree. He’s spent just six games in Tacoma and we should be thinking about his long-term development. I think the team should call him back up in July but he could seriously use some more time in Tacoma even if he’s .577.
If Taylor is hitting .650 when June 10th comes around, then the Mariners should snatch him up from the Tacoma Rainiers. But until then, we should let him enjoy himself in Tacoma and work on his hitting.
Evan White continues to struggle
Evan White is currently on the injured list, but he has plenty of major league opportunities to bounce back from a rough rookie season (offensively). The Gold Glove first baseman has just 14 hits which comes out to be a .144 batting average.
And yes, Taylor Trammell has recorded more hits than his teammate, Evan White, in six games in Tacoma compared to Evan’s 30 games in Seattle. So what’s my outlook on Evan?
Well, his defense has been out of this world and we really need it. But what Evan White needs is some relaxation like Taylor Trammell, meaning some time in Tacoma. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mariners keep Evan White in Tacoma for just a little longer than most rehab outings.
I think Evan White would really benefit from a longer rehab stint with the Tacoma Rainiers, but that’s a conversation for another time.
In the end, it’s great to see Taylor succeeding with the Rainiers and makes me hopeful for an exciting star in the making.