Padres Prospects: Taylor Trammell left off list of top outfield prospects

It was a bit of a surprise to not see San Diego Padres prospect Taylor Trammell among the top outfield prospects in baseball on MLB Pipeline’s latest rankings.

At the end of the 2019 season, MLB Pipeline had San Diego Padres prospect Taylor Trammell ranked as the 28th best prospect in all of baseball and the ninth best outfield prospect.

Apparently he has fallen out of favor a bit with those at MLB Pipeline as he’s not longer listed as one of the top 10 outfield prospects. He was essentially replaced in the top 10 by Detroit Tigers 2019 first-round pick, Riley Greene.

On Saturday, January 25 they’ll be releasing their top 100 prospects in all of baseball, so we’ll see just how far Trammell has fallen in their eyes.

I certainly wouldn’t expect him to fall outside of the top 50, but I highly doubt he’ll be anywhere close to where he ended the 2019 season.

Trammell ended 2019 as the second best prospect in the Padres system, according to MLB Pipeline.

There’s a good chance he enters 2020 fourth in the San Diego system with Luis Patino and CJ Abrams likely jumping him.

I gave my scouting report on Taylor Trammell a couple of weeks ago and came to the same conclusion that I had before — he’s likely to be a good player but not a superstar.

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In that article I compared him a lot to Franchy Cordero, and I think Franchy can be a really good player when healthy. And Trammell is much faster.

The problem is, Trammell got tested in Double-A last year and didn’t respond particularly well hitting just .234 with 10 home runs in 436 at-bats.

But he did still get on base at a high clip with a .340 OBP and he stole 20 bases.

And I’m not ready to give up on the 22-year-old after one subpar season in Double-A.

The reason Trammell is such a polarizing prospect is because of his potential. He has the ability to be a 20-20 guy at the next level rather easily.

And as Mickey Koke points out in the “NEXT” article below, he’s exactly the type of player San Diego appears to be targeting — someone who can hit for power, get on base, and steal bases.

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There is no doubt 2020 will be a big year for the Trammell, who was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. He’ll need to show improvement at the plate to get back in the good graces of the talent evaluators.