The Reds were thrilled to find Trammell still on the board ahead of their second pick in the 2016 Draft (No. 35 overall) and lured him away from a Georgia Tech commitment with an above-slot bonus of $3.2 million. A multi-sport standout as a Georgia prep, Trammell quickly proved a more advanced player than initially thought and impressed while moving at a level-per-year pace through Cincinnati's system. He hit a home run and triple during an MVP performance at the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and was selected for the event again in '19, albeit during a disappointing season in Double-A. He fared better after the Padres acquired him in a three-team deal with Cleveland before the Deadline, then swung the bat particularly well during Amarillo's title run in the Texas League playoffs. He was involved in a Deadline deal a year later ,as the Padres sent him to Seattle in a seven-player trade.
Trammell showed an impressive combination of athleticism, hitting ability and power potential even when he struggled in 2019. The Padres tweaked his left-handed swing after the trade to get him in a better position to drive the ball in the air, and Trammell responded by homering twice in his final four regular-season games and three more times in the postseason. A pull-heavy approach and an uptick in whiffs mitigated Trammell's feel to hit in Double-A, but he still showed plenty of bat speed and a knack for making hard contact. Trammell's .363 OBP across four seasons speaks to his patient approach and knack for drawing walks, though scouts agree he'll need to adopt a more selectively aggressive approach to reach his offensive ceiling. He puts pressure on defenses with his plus speed and has been successful in nearly 75 percent (110 for 147) of his steal attempts.
Trammell's wheels and athleticism serve him well in center field, but the jury is still out on his ability to stay there long term. The Padres were intent on developing him in center and deployed him at the position, but some believe Trammell will end up in left field, where his above-average defensive profile and below-average arm strength are cleaner fits. His bat should profile just fine in a corner outfield spot, especially if he can unlock more of his power.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 65 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55
When the Reds signed Nick Senzel as the No. 2 pick in the 2016 Draft for more than $1.5 million under pick value, it enabled them to land Trammell for $3.2 million at No. 35 overall. The former Georgia high school star impressed at every stop of his development until stumbling a bit at Double-A in 2019. He really stood out on a national stage when he won MVP honors at the Futures Game in '18 after homering and tripling and then returned to the Futures Games again this July before being traded to the Padres later in the month in the three-team deal that sent Trevor Bauer from the Indians to the Reds.
A multi-sport athlete in high school who had the chance to play football at Georgia Tech, Trammell's combination of natural ability, feel for the game and makeup have continued to lift him as he progresses through the system. In the Florida State League in 2018, while dealing with a nagging ankle injury, he continued efforts to lower his strikeout rate and draw walks, and he still showed left-handed pop while driving the ball. His ability to get on base will make him a regular stolen base threat that could frustrate defenses.
That speed gives Trammell the chance to be a future center fielder. He has a below average arm, something he worked on during his stint in the Arizona Fall League. If he continues to get bigger and stronger and it slows him down, his bat should profile just fine in a corner outfield spot.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 | Overall: 60
Trammell was a talented multi-sport athlete from the high school ranks in Georgia, one who had the chance to play football and baseball at Georgia Tech. The Reds liked his tools on the diamond enough to go way above pick value to give him $3.2 million as the No. 35 overall pick in the 2016 Draft. He rewarded the organization's faith with a very productive first full season in the Midwest League in 2017.
Everyone knew Trammell's athleticism would help make him an exciting prospect, but his feel for the game has exceeded many expectations. While there is some swing and miss he'll continue to work on, Trammell's strikeout rate went down and his walk rate went up in the second half of his first full season. His ability to draw walks allows him to use his speed to be a basestealing threat on a more regular basis. He has shown the ability to drive the ball with extra-base pop, and there should be more over-the-fence power to come as he matures. His speed works well in the outfield and most feel he could stick in center field, though his fringy arm could push him to left down the road.
Wherever he plays defensively, Trammell has the tools to impact the game in a number of ways. The development of his bat and speed as he moves up the ladder will be one of the more exciting Reds prospect storylines to watch in 2018.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 70 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55
An assumption is made about two-sport high school athletes, that while they might have tools, they will be raw and underdeveloped. Trammell, who got a way-above-pick-value $3.2 million to sign rather than go to Georgia Tech to play baseball, was actually a baseball player who played football, not the other way around. As a result, he's shown much more refined skills during his pro debut than many anticipated.
Trammell has the chance to be a true five-tool player. With an advanced approach, Trammell was a better hitter than expected during his debut. He showed an ability to work counts and draw walks. He has plenty of raw power from the left side of the plate and should be able to start tapping into it soon. His outstanding speed plays on the bases and allows him to cover ground in the outfield. He's good in center field but needs to let his instincts take over a little. Some see him filling out and moving to a corner, likely left because of his average arm.
Trammell has seen more time in left during his first full season, though he continues to get reps in center as well. He's performed out of the gate better than many high school prospects the Reds have drafted, and Cincinnati think Trammell has the chance to be a special player.
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 70 | Arm: 45 | Field: 60 | Overall: 50
A tremendous multi-sport athlete who could have played football in college, Trammell decided to focus on baseball, committing to Georgia Tech on the diamond only. The Yellow Jackets will never get him in uniform as the Reds went above pick value to give him $3.2 million as the No. 35 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.
Because he was dividing his focus between sports for most of high school, Trammell is still a bit raw as a baseball player. He is learning how to recognize pitches and handle offspeed stuff, as well as how to tap into his raw power. He does have plenty of bat speed and strength, which should allow him to develop at least Major League average power. He's also working on his defensive game, but he has everything you'd like to see from a future center fielder. His arm is fringy, but it's enough for center.
Patience might be key for the Reds player development staff, but Trammell is the kind of uber-athlete who could eventually develop into a star at the highest level. Clearly, the Reds think he can be that kind of player given the bonus they handed out to get him.