2080 Pro-Side: Florida State League All-Star Game Reference Piece

2080 Baseball pro-side evaluators have been in the field since March getting up-close and in-person looks at the game’s top prospects. Below is a summary of all of our notes and video covering the participants in this year’s Florida State League All-Star Game. We hope you enjoy! –Adam McInturff

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Taylor Trammell | OF | Reds (High A Daytona, Florida State League)
Ht/Wt: 6’2”/195            B/T: L/L           Age (as of April 1, 2018): 20y, 5m


Taken 35th overall out of Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw, GA) in 2016, Trammell’s blend of athleticism and baseball polish has wowed scouts since he signed. He takes an athletic left-handed swing with plus bat speed, maintaining good balance in his lower half. Trammell’s stroke produces force without requiring excess length or movement, giving him the potential to hit for both average and power. His raw instincts and polish show up at the plate and on the bases, where he takes a healthy amount of walks and is a constant threat to steal. In his first full professional season, Trammell walked in 12-percent of plate appearances while stealing over 40 bases–both elite rates, especially for a 19-year-old. On defense, the rangy center fielder can remain at the position moving forward. He still might add some weight as his frame matures, but he has the build to retain speed while adding strength.

Last season, the only teenagers to combine for a .270-plus average, double-digit home runs, and 30-plus stolen bases were Ronald Acuna Jr.(CF, Braves), Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS, Padres), and Trammell. That’s elite company, and while Trammell isn’t included in the conversation with Acuna and Tatis in prospect circles right now, his ceiling isn’t much lower. His instincts and feel to hit, paired with the physicality and power/speed toolset, are what make Trammell so unique. With a strong 2018 season, he has every chance to jump near the top of prospect lists in 2019. His ceiling is that of a potential all-star in center field with above-average offense for the position. -Adam McInturff


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