1. Taylor Trammell, Outfielder
Taylor Trammell is the real deal and a future star for the Cincinnati Reds. We’ve heard his name involved in trade rumors a few different times this offseason, but the Reds have yet to budge on moving Trammell, and it’s highly unlikely they will. This young man has all the talent and drive to be great at the next level, and I don’t see the Reds trading him away, even for a star pitcher.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to read C. Trent Rosecrans piece from The Athletic, you owe it to yourself to take a look. In it, Trammell talks about getting some advice from the NL MVP Christian Yelich. He also discusses becoming more of a leader on the field and opens up about what drives him to be the best player he can be.
"“That’s all you really have, your effort, the time you have, the time you put into anything. I say, why not? Why not be the best you can be? There’s only a limited amount of time that you can play baseball. Why not be the best you can be at baseball?”"
Once Senzel promotes to the Major Leagues, which we all assume will be next season, Trammell will be the No. 1 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization with Hunter Greene nipping at his heels. Trammell, who was also invited to this year’s Spring Training, will likely start the 2019 season at Double-A Chattanooga.
However, I wouldn’t expect to see Trammell there for too long. He slashed .277/.375/.406 for the Daytona Tortugas last season. If Trammell puts those types of numbers early on in 2019, he could wind up in Triple-A Louisville by the middle of the season.
Most people expect to see Trammell in Major Leagues sometime in 2020. I think that’s a very realistic timeline, and for what it’s worth, I think he’ll make the Opening Day roster and be staring in the outfield when the Reds kick off the 2020 season. Cincinnati has a lot of talented prospects that the organization hopes to see make the big leagues someday. These five could make sooner rather than later.