Just as we thought that the Mariners were starting to get healthy again, the team ran into another injury with Kyle Lewis going down due to a torn meniscus in his knee. To take up the open spot in the outfield, the Mariners have called up Taylor Trammell.
It wasn’t that long ago that the team sent him down to AAA, having optioned him to Tacoma back on May 13th. Trammell had been struggling in the Majors up to that point, hitting just .157 with 41 strikeouts in 86 at-bats.
Once he got to AAA, he started crushing the ball. Through just 80 at-bats, he hit .384 with six home runs, seven doubles, and drove in 19 RBI. After making a little adjustment when he got there, Trammell has definitely had a great opportunity to re-gain his confidence as he heads back to the Mariners. More importantly, he cut down his strikeout rate from 43.2% to 21.3%.
Taylor Trammell started off his second stint of the season with a bang for the Mariners.
He played in the June 1st game against the Oakland Athletics, slotting into the left-field spot with Kelenic shifting over to center. After lining a ball to center in his first at-bat, Trammell came up with the bases empty in the 4th.
He put a massive charge into the ball, blasting it into right-center field for a no-doubter, chalking up his 5th home run of the year. The bomb would give the Mariners a 4-1 lead. We won’t get into what happened to the Mariners bullpen after Marco came out. I just want to be happy thinking about Trammell doing well in his first game back.
It’s a welcome sign for the youngster and could be a great indicator of him getting some much-needed internal confidence back. There is another bright side to this… that Jake Fraley is back as well, taking no time at all to get back to his regular self he showed during the first week of the season. If the team can give regular days off to Trammell, Kelenic, and Fraley, it should help keep their energy and confidence levels high.
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The series finale wraps up with the rubber game in Seattle tonight at 7:10 PM PST. It’ll be fun to keep an eye on Trammell and the rest of the crew to see if the offense can continue to slowly climb back to respectability. His first game back was definitely a great sign.