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School: Mount Paran Christian High School
Weight: 195 lbs.
Taylor Trammell 2016 MLB Draft Profile
Taylor Trammell may be young, but don’t let that fool you; this is a big league hitter in the making. Hailing from Powder Springs, Georgia, Trammell has blossomed into a two-sport star for Mount Paran. When he’s not busy dazzling on the baseball field, Trammell plays the role of star running back for the Eagles.
Though he’s committed to play baseball for Georgia Tech for four years, Trammell’s advanced hit tool could see him off the board within the top thirty picks come June 9. Across his two completed years of varsity baseball (2013-2015), Trammell owns a .362 batting average, a .505 on-base percentage, and a .681 slugging percentage. He hasn’t developed much power yet, but his other assets more than make up for it at the moment.
His patience at the plate is the first thing that really stands out, as he has struck out just twenty-two times in 209 plate appearances. He’s undoubtedly a very good hitter already, but his low K rate is also a product of his keen eye, which has led to forty walks over the same number of plate appearances. And once the young outfielder gets on base, he’s a legitimate threat to steal. Trammell swiped thirty-nine bags in fifty-three games as a sophomore and junior. He also plays solid defense with an average arm from center.
- Highly athletic
- Patient, mature plate approach
- Ability to steal bases
- Reliable defense
- Above average bat speed
- Commitment to Georgia Tech could make him hard to sign if he’s not drafted high enough
- Limited power potential
- Raw because of his youth and will need time to develop
MLB Comparison: Michael Brantley, Outfielder, Cleveland Indians
Projected Pick Range: 25-35 overall
Most Likely Landing Spots: Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals
His power development may be limited, as his frame may not allow for him to add much more weight, but he has a level swing and gets his bat through the strike zone quickly. He could be a doubles machine. Even if he only hits fifteen home runs per year, he should steal 20-30 bases while providing a good batting average and above-average defense. He has the potential to be a long-term starting outfielder for a Major League team.
Sources: MaxPreps, Perfect Game
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