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.


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To start the MLBbro season off strong, MLBbro.com featured Kyle Lewis’ new start with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being traded from the Seattle Mariners in the offseason. 


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Now that Kyle Lewis is establishing himself well in his new surroundings, his departure ends a potentially historical era in Seattle. 


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A few seasons back, the Mariners stood out as having a number of upcoming MLBbros in a day and age where MLB is noticeably lacking in Black and brown players. This subject was heightened during last season’s World Series that didn’t feature one MLBbro player on either team. 


MLBbro manager Dusty Baker made it clear that this situation is unacceptable to the point of embarrassment.


“What hurts is that I don’t know how much hope that it gives some of the young African-American kids,” Baker told The Associated Press at the time “Because when I was their age, I had a bunch of guys. [Willie] Mays, [Hank] Aaron, Frank Robinson, Tommy Davis – my hero– Maury Wills. We need to do something before we lose them.”



“I don’t think that’s something that baseball should be proud of,” said Baker, “It looks bad. It lets people know that it didn’t take a tear or even a decade to get to this point.” 


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In Seattle, there was a MLBbro movement not seen since the Pittsburgh Pirates put out an all-minority starting lineup in the 1970’s.  


In 2020, the Mariners had 10 MLBbros on their 40 man roster. This was such a big deal the four of them (Dee Gordon, J.P. Crawford, Shed Long Jr. and Kyle Lewis) sat down with broadcaster Dave Sims, an MLBbro broadcaster to discuss life in baseball as a Black man. 


This time was special, something these guys mentioned in the 

interview via Seattle Medium…


“We definitely don’t take this for granted. It’s probably something that’s nerve been done since the Negro Leagues. I’m proud to be a part of this. I’m proud to be playing alongside each and every one of my teammates right now. Coming up we were one of the two brothers on the team. If that, so being a part of this has been something special,” said Crawford. 




Now those days are over. After having the honor of having the highest ratio of MLBbros in baseball, only J.P. Crawford is left as the only MLBbro representative. What happened to some of the others other than Kyle Lewis?


Justin Dunn:


After the New York Mets traded the MLBbro pitcher to Seattle, the Mariners brought him to the main roster in September of 2019. After an uneventful 2020, His time on the field was short when he was placed on the 60-day injured list with a shoulder strain that led to the Mariners decision to shut him down.


The Mariners traded Dunn to the Cincinnati Reds in 2022.


 Justus Sheffield:

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In 2018, the New York Yankees traded Sheffield to Seattle in an offseason trade. In 2019, the melanated mound marauder struck out 37 batters in 36 innings in eight games. In 2020, Sheffield had a record of 4-3 in 10 starts with an era of 3.58. 


In 2021, our MLBbro appeared in 21 games (15 starts) with a 7-8 record with an era of 6.58.


In 2022, Sheffield was designated for assignment in 2023.


Shed Long:


After coming to Seattle in a trade from the New York Yankees in 2019, Shed hit .263 with five homers in 2020. After that leg injuries derailed our MLBbro’s tenure. Surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right shin ended his 2020 season and it carried over into the 2021 season before he was released after long bouts on the injured list.


Taylor Trammel:


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After coming over in a trade from the San Diego Padres, He played 51 games as a rookie with a hitting slash of .160/.256/.359 with eight home runs and 18 RBI. After struggling in 43 games the next season, Trammel broke his right hand in an offseason workout that sidelined him for up to two months. 


He is not on the current 2023 Mariners roster.


Taijuan Walker:


This MLBbro pitcher played for the team twice. After being drafted in the 2010 MLB Draft and playing six seasons, he returned on a one-year deal in February of 2020. He was traded in August to the Mets where he went on to become one of two Bros to win more than 10 games in 2022. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies this past offseason. 


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Carl Edwards Jr.: 

In the offseason before the 2020 season, Edwards signed a one-year deal with the team. He pitched in 5 games and collected six strikeouts before opting for free agency at the end of the season.



Declining Black MLB players on rosters bottomed out to 7.2 percent of opening rosters last year which is the lowest percentage since 1991 at 18 percent according to Richard Lapchick, the director for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Compared to the fact that a quarter of the Seattle Mariners roster were made of MLBbros in 2020, this could be one of the more amazing diversity achievements by an MLB team in decades.