Mariners to include outfield prospect Taylor trammell On his Opening Day list, manager Scott Servais told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times (all Twitter Links) and other reporters. Not only is Trammell on the roster, but Serva says Trammell will be the starter in left or center field, depending on the health of Kyle lewis. Another notable Seattle prospect in Justin dunn has won the sixth starting spot, Servais said, while the Rule 5 draft pick Will Vest He has also made the team and will work from the Mariners’ bullpen.
Trammell, a 35th pick in the 2016 draft, is set to make his major league debut after being part of two major trades in his young professional career. Trammell was originally drafted by the Reds, who sent it to the Padres as the only piece San Diego received in their finale to the July 2019 three-team blockbuster that saw Trevor bauer go from Cleveland to Cincinnati, while notables like Franmil Reyes, Logan allen, and Yasiel puig they were part of the five-player package purchased by the Indians. After just over a year in the San Diego farm system, Trammell was on the move again, faced with Ty France, Luis Torrens, and Andres Muñoz to the Sailors for Austin Nola, Austin adams, and Dan Altavilla.
It’s naturally unusual to see a top 100 prospect spread twice in as many years before he even begins his MLB career, and it could speak to why Trammell has come closer to the bottom of the minor league talent rankings in the past four years (he came in at No. 11 for Baseball America and No. 16 for MLB.com, both before the 2019 season). Trammell has hit a solid but unspectacular .270 / .363 / .406 in 1,799 plate appearances in the minors, but only a .234 / .340 / .349 cut over 514 PA at Double-A. According to the MLB Pipeline scouting report, Trammell “got a little happy in 2019, which led to more swing and misses, but still drew a ton of walks and showed superior batting speed.”
Trammell went to work correcting his swing at the Padres and Mariners’ alternate training sites in 2020, and clearly Seattle was impressed enough to allow Trammell to bypass Triple-A and adapt directly to the majors. While Lewis’s injury was surely a factor in the Mariners’ decision, Trammell was already gaining a lot of enthusiasm to form the team even before Lewis’s collision with the wall, and he was seen as a potential left-field starter. While scouts are mixed as to whether or not Trammell could be a long-term center field option, he can surely handle the position in the short term while Lewis recovers.
The other interesting aspect of the Mariners’ decision is that if Trammell remains on the active roster, he will earn enough service time to reach free agency after the 2026 season, while stopping Trammell for a few more weeks would allow the M a seventh year of team control over their services. Naturally, length of service is a particularly contentious topic in Seattle following comments made by former President / CEO Kevin Mather during a speech at the Rotary club, when he spoke openly about keeping young people as Jarred kelenic and Logan gilbert in the minors this year enough to set their service clocks back. Mather also indirectly referenced Trammell, when he pointed out that while the Mariners had several of their best prospects working at the alternate training site last season, “there was no chance you would see these young players at T-Mobile Park. We weren’t going to put them on the 40-man list, we weren’t going to start the duty time clock. “
Dunn already has a year and 20 cumulative days of service over two seasons and 52 1/3 innings for the Mariners, and the right-hander will now enter Seattle’s rotation for the second year in a row. A highly touted prospect in their own right, Dunn and Kelenic were the commercial package awards received from the Mets at the Robinson Cano/Edwin diaz trade. Dunn has a 4.13 ERA as a major league player, though with nearly as many walks (31) as strikeouts (38), Dunn’s advanced metrics indicate some good fortune went into that respectable ERA.
Vest was a 12-round pick for the Tigers in the 2017 draft, and the southpaw has a 3.88 ERA and 25.6% strikeout rate in 132 1/3 innings on Detroit’s farm system, working exclusively as a reliever. . Under the Draft provisions of Rule 5, Vest must remain on the Mariners’ Major League Baseball roster for the entire season for Seattle to permanently retain its rights; otherwise, the Ms must offer it back to the Tigers for $ 50K.