Should the Cincinnati Reds take a page from San Diego’s book and have top prospect Taylor Trammell skip Triple-A and go straight to Cincinnati in 2020?
Taylor Trammell is the No. 2 overall prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization and the 15th-ranked prospect in all of Major League Baseball. He made a name for himself in the All-Star Futures game last year and was named MVP. Should the Reds take a page out of the San Diego Padres book and just promote Trammell directly to the majors next season?
There is hardly a Reds fan out there who isn’t excited to see Trammell get to Cincinnati. He made a great showing in Spring Training. After seeing the talent of Fernando Tatis Jr. during the Reds 4-game series against the Padres, I have to wonder if Cincinnati would follow suit if Trammell continues his dominance in the minors this season.
San Diego was in the minority this season when the Friars announced they were forgoing service time considerations and putting Tatis Jr. on the Opening Day roster. The Reds, among some other teams, faced some backlash from fans over service time issues and keeping prospect players in the minor leagues.
Nick Senzel, the No. 1 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization, is maybe the most anticipated call-up we’ve seen since Jay Bruce. Senzel was sent to minor league camp from Spring Training this year and ended up with an ankle injury after a hand injury ended his Triple-A season last year.
But, Senzel is officially healthy and has made his debut with Triple-A Louisville. It surely wont be too long before we see him taking the field at Great American Ball Park. After the delay with Senzel’s call-up this year, the idea of Trammell skipping Triple-A is an intriguing one, but it’s probably a long shot.
I would make the same argument for Trammell skipping Triple-A that I did when Senzel’s call-up was still being questioned. If, by the time Trammell is preparing to enter free agency in 2026, he is playing well enough that the Reds want to hang on to him, the team should have already worked out a contract extension with him.
The Cincinnati Reds front office worked hard over the offseason to prove to the fans that they were serious about winning . If the Reds want to keep the revived confidence of the fan base intact, bringing Trammell up to the majors next season would be a fun and exciting move to make.
There are obviously a lot of free agency questions to be answered in the offseason before this type of move would even be considered. However, if the Reds are serious about winning beyond this season, then getting a talented player like Taylor Trammell to Cincinnati is something they should not delay.