Yankees claim former Reds top prospect off waivers following dismissal from Dodgers

Taylor Trammell will now be on his third team in less than a month.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell
Seattle Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell / Duane Burleson/GettyImages
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Taylor Trammell probably feels like Carmen Sandiego right about now. The former Cincinnati Reds prospect began this spring with the Seattle Mariners only to wind up as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers roster. But Trammell is now off to the Bronx after the 26-year-old was designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.

Reds fans probably remember Trammell as one of the organization's top prospects around 2018. Selected with the 35th overall pick in the same draft (2016) that yielded Nick Senzel, Trammell was later part of a franchise-altering trade that was supposed to help the Reds compete in 2020.

At the 2019 trade deadline, Trammell was part of a three-team trade involving the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Guardians. Trammell landed in southern California and was part of the Friars farm system for about a year before being dealt once again. This time, it was the Mariners who acquired Trammell along with All-Star first baseman Ty France.

Yankees pluck former Reds top prospect Taylor Trammell off waivers following dismissal from Dodgers

Trammell will now be suiting up for his third team in less than a month. Current Cincinnati outfielder Bubba Thompson probably knows how the former Reds prospect feels right about now. Thompson bounced around from the Texas Rangers to the Kansas City Royals before landing with the Reds last winter.

Cincinnati then DFA'd Thompson, who was picked up by the Yankees, then later claimed by the Minnesota Twins. Thompson was then nabbed by the Reds once again after being designated for assignment by the Twins. The skilled outfielder was part of the Reds Opening Day roster and has shown some speed on the base paths since arriving in the Queen City.

To date, Trammell's professional career has been more about potential rather than production. Over his first four major league seasons, Trammell has hit just .165/.266/.361 with 15 home runs, 39 RBI, and four stolen bases. That's definitely not what the Reds or any other scouting department expected from Trammell after seeing his success throughout his minor league career.

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