Taylor Trammell | OF
Trammell, 18, attends Mount Paran Christian High School not too far outside Atlanta, where he is a two-sport star. He’s hitting .393/.526/.672 with three homers, 14 walks, and eight strikeouts in 20 games so far this spring. Last fall Trammel scored 36 touchdowns and ran for nearly 2,500 yards. He had some college football opportunities, but is committed to George Tech to play baseball only.
Because he’s split his time between baseball and football, Trammell is still quite raw as a baseball player, but he’s a high-end athlete whose best tool is speed that rates near the top of the scale. He does have good feel for hitting despite his inexperience, and he knows the strike zone and can square pitches up consistently. Trammell is 6-foot-2 and 195 lbs., and the expectation is he will grow into some power as he matures. Defensively, he uses his speed well in center and could be a well-above-average gloveman once he learns how to take better routes. His weakest tool is his arm. It’s below-average and not a weapon in any way. The athleticism and innate feel for hitting give Trammell very high upside despite his relative lack of experience.
Opinions seem to be split on Trammell. Baseball America ranked him as the 13th best prospect in the draft class in their latest rankings. MLB.com had him a little lower at 31st and Keith Law (subs. req’d) had him even lower at 44th. The Yankees pick 18th and, for what it’s worth, they’ve been connected to Trammell in mock drafts recently. The Yankees haven’t had much success developing toolsy high school kids lately and they’ve started focusing on college players in the draft because of that. Trammell would be an against the grain pick based on the last few years.