The San Diego Padres acquired Tommy Pham back in December, and it hasn’t taken long for him to make an impact, especially on prospect, Taylor Trammell.
Ranked as the 28th best prospect in baseball and the second-best within the San Diego Padres’ organization, Taylor Trammell is looking to make an impact as soon as this year. MLB Pipeline projects the 22-year-old to make his big-league debut at some point in the upcoming season, but he’s likely to begin the year at Triple-A El Paso.
The former 35th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft was acquired in the three-team trade that centered around Trevor Bauer heading to the Cincinnati Reds. He is projected to slide into center field, assuming his arm gets stronger as he physically matures, but could also profile as a corner outfielder.
Last year, Trammell slashed a combined .234/.340/.349 with 12 doubles, 10 ten home runs, and 43 RBI between the Reds’ and Padres’ Double-A outfits.
Entering Spring Training, he’s already gravitated towards one of the newest members of the team in Tommy Pham:
"“He’s a leader. He’s a guy who – he’s business every single day and that’s what I’ve enjoyed from looking at him, seeing how he goes about his business. He’s had success and has shown just by the way he works every single day. Something that I usually try not to do is try to be like somebody else., but I kind of pick and choose certain things that guys who have been there, what they do, that I can incorporate into my game. And I’ve seen him, and he’s a guy that just goes about his business.”"
Acquired in early December, Pham was brought in as a corner outfielder who possesses a terrific ability to get on base and put the ball in play, something that gave last year’s squad fits.
I suspect that Trammell will not be the only guy that Pham has an impact on during his time here. He (Pham) was recently ranked on MLB’s all-underrated team and has quietly become one of baseball’s best outfielders.
His work ethic is going to rub off on some of the other young players, which will be the perfect asset for their development as this Padres team heads full steam into its’ competitive window.