Moving forward with our coverage of the 2016 MLB Draft, we turn our attention away from Pennsylvania and head down south to Georgia, where outfield prospect Taylor Trammell has put himself on the map as a potential first round pick.
Listed at 6-2, 195, Trammell is a left-handed hitter and thrower born September 13, 1997, attending Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw. Committed to Georgia Tech, Trammell is an excellent football player but is also intelligent and realizes that baseball is a better sport and is reportedly committed to baseball-only for the future. Making the decision easier: he's really good at baseball.
Trammell features very impressive speed, at least a 70-grade, and matches the speed with a hustling approach. He has the range and instincts to be an excellent center fielder. His arm is the weakest tool, likely a 45, but he realizes this and has put in work to strengthen the arm and enhance the accuracy of his throws. It will never be plus but it shouldn't be a liability in the long run given how well his range plays.
On offense, he has gap power and a chance to develop more. His speed should be devastating on the bases. Unlike many players with a football background, his hitting skills are reasonably refined given his age and he should have the plate discipline to be a quality leadoff man.
Trammell's stock has been rising all spring. He was viewed as a fringe first round or supplemental round pick back in February but his chances of going in the straight first round have increased, perhaps in the top dozen. It is unlikely he'll end up at Georgia Tech.