Former First-Rounder To Have Hand Surgery; Tough Break For Mariners OF

He was a former top prospect after going in the first round of the 2016 MLB June Draft, but it's been a difficult road to the majors for left-handed hitting outfielder Taylor Trammel. And now that road will get a little bumpier heading into 2023, as he'll have to have hand surgery.

Seattle Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish reports that the 25-year-old Trammel will have surgery on his right hand to repair a broken hamate bone. He'll be out at least seven weeks. He was struck in the hand during a late offseason workout.

It's a tough setback for Trammel, who was trying to break through the outfield logjam this season for the M's. Earlier this offseason, president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto focused on Trammel as one of the young outfielders he was excited about.

“We’ve gotten great feedback on Taylor Trammell and his hitting programs through the offseason,” Dipoto said on the Talking Mariners podcast. “He’s spent a lot of time working – I don’t want to say revamping his swing but assessing the things that he can do to improve. It’s been a very positive offseason for him.”

Trammell came to the Mariners in a 2020 trade from the San Diego Padres. He made his big league debut on Opening Day 2021, but has had a tough time adjusting to pitching at the big league level. In 94 MLB games over the last two seasons, Trammell has hit .174 with a .267 on-base and a .643 OPS. 

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