San Diego Padres: Scouting report on outfield prospect Taylor Trammell

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Taylor Trammell #26 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Taylor Trammell #26 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Taylor Trammell #5 of Team USA. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Taylor Trammell #5 of Team USA. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

The tools

At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds he certainly has the size and speed to stick in center field at the next level.

But he’s actually spent most of his Minor League career in left field, and if he bulks up a little bit and adds some power I think that’s where he ultimately ends up.

Although, depending on what takes place over the next year or so, the Padres might have a bigger need in center.

They went pretty hard after a center fielder this offseason in Shogo Akiyama, so that may tell you where they think Trammell fits down the road.

His speed is the best tool that he possesses and I could see him being a 40 stolen base guy in the big leagues.

FanGraphs has his hit tool at about average and that’s kind of how I view it as well.

He’s great at getting on base with a walk percentage around 12 percent and OBP of .363. But he does strikeout a good bit with over 120 whiffs in two of his four Minor League seasons and his strikeout percentage in Double-A last year was around 25 percent.

Also, for someone who doesn’t have elite power, he pulls the ball far too often with a pull percentage of almost 50 percent in 2019.

His speed allows him to make up for his shortcomings on defense, and he doesn’t have a very strong arm, which is why most think he ends up in left.

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