The Mariners have kept the ship afloat without him, but with Kyle Lewis back from a deep knee bruise that kept him off the field for the first 17 games of the season, they look to take the American League West crown and run with it.
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The city of Seattle is one of the best baseball towns in America. Its fans are no different than the 12’s who spend falls at Seahawks games or the ones who inhabited the SuperSonics arena years ago.
They are being treated to an excellent brand of baseball on the field. Great pitching, great hitting and all across the diamond, spectacular plays are made on a daily basis. And it’s being done by some of the best young talent in baseball.
On Tuesday, the best apple out of that bunch made his 2021 debut. Lewis saw his name in the lineup for the first time in 2021, as he went 0-3 with a walk, in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.
The 25-year-old Black Knight hopes to pick up where he left off in 2020 when he became the second rookie in Major League history to lead a team in batting, home runs, run scored, and walks, joining Mark McGwire who did it in 1987 with the Oakland Athletics. He also was tied for the rookie lead in home runs while leading in walks and runs during the 60-game season.
Lewis is no stranger to hardware as he’s filled his trophy case in the last half-decade, en route to becoming a premier center fielder in the game. He won Baseball America’s 2016 College Player of the Year as well as the 2016 Golden Spikes Award to go along with the Southern Conference Player of the Year before being drafted by Seattle in 2016.
He hit the ground running once he arrived in the league. In his debut on September 10th of 2019, Lewis cranked a home run off 2020 Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. He also homered in the next two games, joining Trevor Story as the only players to hit home runs in the first three games of their career.
While Lewis was on the Injured list, the Mariners called up outfielder Taylor Trammell a bit earlier than expected. The rookie is adjusting to MLB pitching and will get to roam the grass at T Mobile Park, alongside Lewis for years to come.
On Monday night he had his first career game-winning, extra-base hit in a 4-3 victory over the World Series champion Dodgers.
The Mariners’ 11 wins have them currently tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League. They are one of the early surprises as they sit in first place in the AL West without the services of their best player.
As Lewis gets reacclimated to the game, a strong sophomore season can provide the final push the Mariners need to go from pretenders to contenders.
Contributor | Kevin Moore
Taylor Trammell got an opportunity to take center stage in centerfield for the Seattle Mariners when a deep bone bruise landed AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis on the 10-day IL to start the 2021 season. With Lewis reportedly out two more weeks, Trammell will continue to fill in.
If anything, Trammell’s flashes of potential have Mariners fans envisioning a Soul Patrol for the ages when Lewis returns. The 23-year-old outfielder has belted two home runs in eight games and has a total of five hits.
Though his batting average is below .200 currently, he’s already had some clutch at-bats for the Mariners. It’s clear that his bat has some major pop. The rookie outfielder is not letting his slow start to the season stop him from becoming a player baseball fans should keep their eyes on.
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Trammell’s first major league home run came on April 10, 2021, off of Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda. He also scored the winning run in extra innings as the Mariners defeated the Twins 4-3.
In an article from The Seattle Times, Trammell talked about how it felt hitting his first home run. “It was great,” Trammell said. “Just to hear (teammates) say, ‘Hey, congratulations, we’re proud of you,’ it means a lot to me because I did grow up watching some of these guys. So to hear them say that meant a lot to me. It was pretty special.”
He made his major league debut on April 1, 2021, and his first big league hit came on April 3rd.
The Georgia native was the 35th pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds after a stellar high school career. Trammell spent a few years in the Reds farm system and blossomed into a top prospect. In 2018, Trammell represented the Reds in the All-Star Futures Game and was named MVP after hitting a go-ahead home run along with a triple.
Trammel was invited to Spring Training by the Reds in 2019 as a non roster player. He spent the first half of the 2019 season playing with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League.
The Reds traded Trammell to the San Diego Padres in a three-team trade on July 30, 2019. When Trammell joined the Padres, he was assigned to the Amarillo Sod Poodles of the Class AA Texas League.
Trammell had a brief stint with the Padres as he was traded to the Mariners on August 30, 2020. In November of 2020, he was added to the 40-man roster. Going into spring training, Trammell was determined to make a name for himself and he did just that.
He finished Catcus League play batting .302 with five doubles, three homers and 11 RBI. His performance earned him the starting spot in left field going into the 2021 season.
In his recent game against the Twins on April 11th, Trammell went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. There’s a reason why the Mariners added Trammell to the 40-man roster and every game he’s improving and becoming more comfortable handling major league pitching. Trammell has the ability to make an impact on this Mariners team.