After a 2021 season split between the Rainiers and Seattle Mariners, Taylor Trammell is having fun with new role in Tacoma.
To start the 2021 season, Taylor Trammell was one of the players the Mariners felt most capable of holding down an outfield position to start the year. While he did find some success at the major league level, including hitting his first and second career home runs on back to back nights (the second was a TANK of a 3 run HR), he ultimately found his way down to the Mariners Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers in mid-May.
That’s where everything seemed to click.
In the subsequent 17 games in Tacoma, Trammell went on to hit .384, 6 HR, 19 RBI, scored 11 runs and was named Triple-A West Player Of The Week.
The Second Stint In Tacoma
Soon called back up, Trammell would end up spending the next 24 games with the Mariners before being sent down one last time to end the year. What Trammell ended up bringing with him was an excitement and swagger the team welcomed with open arms.
“Last year, in Triple-A, I think was the most fun I’ve ever had playing baseball probably in my life.”Taylor Trammell at the 2022 Tacoma Rainiers Media Day
The Fun Differential had arrived in Tacoma.
From July 15th on, with Trammell hitting his stride, the Rainiers would end up going 47-25 putting their end of the season record at 78-52 on their way to a division title and their first league title since 2010.
Trammell ended his year in Tacoma hitting .263 with 15 doubles, 12 HR, 49 RBI and 8 SB in 71 games.
Looking Ahead To 2022
After spending some time with the Mariners in spring training, Trammell was optioned back to the Rainiers on March 29th. With him on track to start the year with the Triple-A club, he knows what needs to be done to have what he’d consider another successful year.
“Just being myself. I feel like I have a better feel for the game right now” Trammell told Blake Meyer of Dual Threat Sports, “Whether it’s the pitching, the positioning in the outfield, certain situations, what I’m getting pre pitch. This is my sixth year so I’m starting to see the things I’ve been working on daily come to fruition. That’s kinda what I’ve been working on.”
On whether or not he sees himself in a leadership role with the team, Trammell said “Not really a leadership role, I think if it more as just being myself. I know I’m saying that a lot but it holds true even outside of baseball. It’s crazy in Triple-A with the guys always coming in and out. I just wanna make sure everyone has a face that they can talk to and a person they can be honest with. I’m just gonna listen to them and be here for them in some type of way if I can.”
Whether Trammell wants to call himself a leader or not, one thing was clear at the Rainiers Media Day…He’s one of the heartbeats of the team and regardless of him being with Tacoma or Seattle, his presence will be felt in that Rainiers locker room all season long.