DAYTONA BEACH — Tortugas outfielder Taylor Trammell said he had one thing on his mind as he strolled into a Palm Coast Publix last week — devouring a buffalo chicken tender sub with cheese.

Then, his phone rang, displaying the number of Cincinnati Reds senior director of player development Jeff Graupe. Moments later, Trammell learned he had been selected to represent the United States in Sunday's MLB Futures Game in Washington, DC.

"I was very excited, and a little bit in shock," Trammell said. "I kind of lost my appetite after that."

In fact, Trammell said he left the supermarket without grabbing a sandwich. Come Sunday, he'll be chomping at the bit to take part of the premier exhibition in minor league baseball.

Ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Reds' farm system by MLB.com, Trammell helped the Tortugas claim the first-half title in the Florida State League. He currently sits eighth in the league in OPS (.815), batting .295 with six home runs, 29 RBIs, 54 runs scored, 42 walks and 16 stolen bases.

Trammell said he invited his parents, brother, girlfriend and childhood best friend to attend the game. He'll also be joined on the U.S. roster by a likely future Tortuga, flamethrower Hunter Greene, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 MLB draft.

"It was one of my goals this year, and it's coming true," Trammell said. "I'm just really excited to go out there and showcase my talent with some of the best (players) in minor league baseball."

Tortugas manager Ricky Gutierrez knew the caliber of player his club was getting even before Trammell arrived at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Gutierrez, a 12-year MLB veteran, has been extremely impressed with the 20-year-old's maturity and eye at the plate.

"He's a very mature kid for being so young, especially the way he carries himself outside of the game," Gutierrez said. "On the field, it's just the natural-born ability God gave him. He's very disciplined at the plate, and he walks a lot. Every at-bat against him is a battle."

The Reds selected Trammell directly out of high school (Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga.) with the 35th pick in 2016. He chose to pursue professional baseball rather than football, despite rushing for 2,479 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior to earn Georgia Class A Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Cincinnati handed Trammell a significantly-above-slot signing bonus of $3.2 million, compared to the 35th pick's allocation of $1,837,200. Now three at-bats shy of 1,000 for his professional career, Trammell boasts an impressive slash line of .290/.377/.435 over two and a half seasons.

Trammell has remained with Daytona into the start of the second half, unlike standout prospects Nick Senzel and Shed Long from 2017. Senzel and Long earned promotion to Double-A Pensacola hours after the Tortugas' final first-half game. However, it's worth noting both players had three years of college ball under their belt.

As long as he's in Daytona, he wants to continue to win ballgames. As for Sunday, he can't wait to share the dugout with fellow Georgia native Carter Kieboom, a top prospect of the host Nationals (No. 62 overall), and potentially take cuts against the Athletics' 20th-ranked pitcher Jesus Luzardo.

The Futures Game is the minor leagues' equivalent of the all-star game, featuring 25 American-born players taking on 25 of the players from around the world. Former all-stars Torii Hunter (U.S.) and David Ortiz (World) will manage the respective clubs. 

Trammell departed for Washington on Friday, though he believes he likely won't have time for sightseeing on his maiden voyage to the nation's capital.

"This is a business trip," he said, with a laugh.