Bubba Thompson, Taylor Trammell Sent Down To Minors | MLBbros On The Grind

Bubba Thompson, Taylor Trammell Sent Down To Minors | MLBbros On The Grind

Outfielders Bubba Thompson and Taylor Trammell were both demoted to Triple-A by their respective teams on Friday after  slow starts to 2023.  

Bubba Thompson

Bubba Thompson is on a short list of the fastest players in Major League Baseball.

On the base paths he can be absolutely electric; turning singles to doubles, stealing bases and even scoring from first on singles to the outfield.

 

But getting on base has been a struggle for Thompson this year and the Rangers hope consistent at-bats in Triple-A Round Rock will help get on track.

 

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In just 36 games and 53 plate appearances this season he has an on base percentage of .237 and a batting average of .170 with four stolen bases, two caught stealings and four RBI.

“(Bubba) Thompson still needs to learn his swing,” said Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley.

“He needs to be playing everyday.  He was not ready for the role we needed him in up here.  Once he finds his swing, the sky’s the limit.”

Thompson was a first round pick for Texas in the 2017 MLB Draft out of high school.


In 2022 he broke the teams’s Triple-A affiliates’ 
record for stolen bases in a year with 49 to go along with 13 home runs, 48 RBI and a .304 batting average.Thompson made his debut for the Rangers in August of 2022 finishing with a .265 average, 18 stolen bases in 21 attempts and nine RBI.

He made the Opening Day Roster in 2023, but could not outplay the multiple veterans in the Rangers outfield, thus causing him to mainly be a late inning defensive replacement and pinch runner.

Now that Thompson will be getting constant playing time, he will have a chance to catch a rhythm at the plate and help the Big League club soon down the road.

 

Taylor Trammell

The Mariners sent Trammell down to Triple-A Tacoma after a rough month of May at the plate.

During the month, he hit .122 with a .265 on base percentage and two home runs in 20 games.

Trammell, who was originally drafted by the Reds, was traded to the Padres in 2019 before being moved again to Seattle.

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He got a late start to the 2023 season after having surgery for breaking his hand in a February off-season workout.

He was recalled to the Majors on April 30th when he hit a grand slam against the Blue Jays in his first at-bat of the season.

The Mariners could not find a full-time role for Trammell and opted to call-up one of their top prospects in favor of him.

Trammell was a second round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.

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From 2016-2018 while in the Reds organization he stole 90 bases and hit 23 home runs.

Since debuting in 2021, Trammell has only stolen four bases in his career.  He will need to revive that threat of speed and average if wants to find his way back to the Bigs whether that be in Seattle or elsewhere.

 

Interview With Bubba Thompson | The Former QB Is Bringing Next Level MLBbro Speed To Texas Rangers

Interview With Bubba Thompson | The Former QB Is Bringing Next Level MLBbro Speed To Texas Rangers

Bubba Thompson was once committed to play quarterback for the University of Alabama, now the 2022 Triple A stolen base leader is looking to have an impact on winning for Texas.

 

 

Bubba Thompson came into this season as one of the Texas Rangers highest ranked prospects.

They drafted him 26th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, in large part due to his perfect speed grade of 70 and an above average arm which was rated at 60.

He collected a franchise record with 49 stolen bases this season for the teams Triple A affiliate in Round Rock, however his game on offense is not limited to just speed.

 

 

He hit 13 home runs, 12 doubles and four triples with 48 RBI and had a .304 batting average in 80 games.

Thompson was called up to the Majors on August 4th.  Had he not been brought up this season, he could have been selected by any other team in this off-season’s Rule 5 Draft.

His first career hit came by way of a bunt single, during which Thompson registered a sprint speed of 30.1ft/second, the fifth highest home-to-first sprint speed in the Majors this season.

“That’s what I was blessed with, to be fast,” said Thompson when I asked how his speed affects the game.  “I try to bring it every time to the field.  I want to get good jumps and put myself in scoring position for my team.

The next day in his second game he stole the first two bases of his career. He is still searching for his first career homer, which should have come off of two-time Cy Young award winner and former American League MVP Justin Verlander in the 9th inning of a game vs the Astros.  

Although the ball cleared the wall, because it hit a fan and bounced back on the field it was ruled just a double after instant replay.

Thompson was rated as a three-star quarterback for the class of 2017 at McGill Toolen high school in Mobile, Alabama.

He held offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, and Tennessee before committing to Alabama prior to a senior year in which he threw for 3,173 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading McGill Toolen to the 7A state championship game along with current Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Jalen Tolbert.

“Marcus Mariotta was a guy I watched a lot of, but Cam Newton was my favorite player,” said Thompson.

“Playing quarterback helped me be a leader.  As the quarterback, you have to know everything, just like in baseball, if you play all three (outfield) positions  you have to know where to be.  It helps a lot on the competition side of things.”

Thompson’s bid at an every day spot in the lineup for the remainder of this season and into 2023 continues this week with a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics.