Prospect Call Up: Taylor Trammell, OF, Seattle Mariners

Prospect Call Up: Taylor Trammell, OF, Seattle Mariners

Jarred Kelenic may be stuck in the minors until after the Super Two deadline passes, but that doesn’t mean the Seattle Mariners won’t have a top outfield prospect making his MLB debut on Opening Day. Taylor Trammell was the 35th overall selection in 2016 by the Cincinnati Reds before being the piece that went to the San Diego Padres in the Trevor Bauer deadline deal in 2019. A year later Trammell found himself on the move at the deadline again, this time for Austin Nola and a pair of relievers.

Trammell has one season at Double-A and has yet to see Triple-A, but he has been informed he will be on the Opening day roster this season with Kyle Lewis unlikely to be ready to go. Despite having plus speed, 263 of his 394 games in the minor leagues have come in left field. His arm is well below average making right a non-option, but the speed will allow him to hold down center in a pinch, but left is the long-term solution for him. With that, the bat needs to improve from the .689 OPS he posted at Double-A.

When with the Padres, they made some minor tweaks to his swing that saw him selling out for pull side power too often and he really improved down the stretch. Based on raw talent, Trammell is a no brainer as an everyday guy, but he has not put it all together yet. He impressed enough in the alternate site a season ago and again this spring to get the nod, although I fully expect him to be sent down to Triple-A once Lewis is back and stay down there for long enough to keep him from being Super Two eligible.

2022 MLB Draft Prospect – Elijah Green – OF – IMG Academy

Player: Elijah Green                                                        Scout Date: 2/25-2/27/2021
Organization: IMG Academy                                                                          Position(s): OF
Height: 6’3”                  Weight: 215 lbs.                   Bats: Right                   Throws: Right
Hit: Mild leg kick in stride, bat lives in a 45-degree plane covering the whole zone. Shows quality zone awareness. Solid balance through swing. Swung and missed on quality curve early in AB, same pitch later in AB turned on for double.
Power: Ball jumps. XBH machine. Doesn’t get cheated on hacks. HR in big league ballpark. Mature body but still room to add strength. True plus power potential.
Run: 7.60 home to second on dribbler to center turned hustle double. Steals bases with ease. Concern the speed will slow to average in time based on frame, but a weapon today.
Arm: Scouts have had him up to 93 in the OF in showcases, take a few MPH off to account for game action and still above-average to plus. Wasn’t tested in weekend I watched.
Glove: Bad route led to dropped fly ball that should have been caught. Athleticism currently makes up for raw routes. May be lone concern currently but likely to improve.
Summary: There is a reason Green is listed as the top prospect for 2022. He opened the tournament at Globe Life with a rough game but bounced back in games two and three with dominant performances. Most athletic player on field anytime he steps onto it, plus raw power, advanced approach at the plate with an efficient swing. Would not surprise me to see true five-tool player grades on him, some concern about future speed and the D has room to improve. Real shot to go 1-1!

2021 Draft Prospect: Luke Albright – RHP – Kent State

Player: Luke Albright                                       Scout Date: 2/21/2021 vs. Virginia Tech
Organization: Kent State                                                                                     Position(s): RHP
Height: 6’4”                     Weight: 215 lbs.                     Bats: Right                    Throws: Right
Fastball: Sits low 90s, touches 95. Some downhill plane with limited arm-side run. Can miss high arm-side too often. Ball flattens and becomes hittable when overthrown reaching back for extra velo. Most effective 91-93.
Change: Good arm speed, falls late. Best pitch on the day. Long been considered a distant fourth offering, made real strides and showing better command of pitch.
Slider: Two versions, cutting and breaking. Breaker in low-80s, cut action mid-80s. Shape gets slurvy at times but still sharp rather than loopy just with two-plane break. Cut action at higher velo is single plane break with late run that draws soft contact rather than a swing and miss offering.
Curve: 12-6 typically that occasionally moves over to a 1-7 break. Big looper. Arm speed doesn’t vary keeping hitters off balance. Break goes from shoulder to knees. Potential plus offering.
Delivery/Mechanics: Traditional 3/4 slot with good extension. Gets good leg drive. High leg kick in stretch leaves him susceptible to quality base runners. Missed zone with first five offerings on the day. Has body and delivery of a starter. Mild late effort. Command inconsistent and needs to be ironed out to make it although it improved throughout the game.
Summary: Not going to wow anyone, but four to five quality offerings (if you want to consider the cut action slider a pitch of its own) that can keep hitters off balance. Body and delivery suggest longevity as an innings eater. Limited ceiling but floor is rather high. Don’t see him becoming anything more than a number four starter, but could be a fast moving arm that should be a safe bet to be a mainstay at the back end of a rotation.

Prospect Call Up: Ian Anderson, RHP, Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are leading their division but have not nearly lived up to their potential this season, and the biggest issue has been their starting rotation. Insert Ian Anderson, the Braves top pitching prospect, who will make his debut on Tuesday.

Anderson was selected third overall out of high school just outside New York’s capital city, and he has faired well since. His fastball runs up to 96 with a good amount of run and even some sink to it. This combination of velocity and movement gives it plus potential while sitting just above-average currently.

The best offering for Anderson may be his big 12-6 curve that is a true swing and miss pitch. It sits high 70s and he is not afraid to double up on the pitch to help keep hitters off-balance. His change is much better than you often see from a 22-year old righty, and could flirt with plus in the future, but definitely be an above-average pitch.

All three are at least big league average offerings currently, although the command is a bit of a concern. The arm slot is very high, and the front leg can be stiff at times, causing him to miss up in the zone, which resulted in an uptick in long balls a season ago. If he can manage the north-south command and utilize his advanced off-speed offering well, he should stick in the rotation for the rest of the season and be a quality number three in future seasons.