August 27, 1993
Orland Park, IL
2nd round, 2014; 40th round, 2011 by Cincinnati
ETA: Mid 2018
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Sam Travis: Obsessed with winning (4.13.16)
Scouting Scratch (9.7.17)
Physical Description: Undersized, but has a strong,
muscular build. Filled-out frame with limited remaining physical
projection. Not overly athletic.
approach and strong contact skills. Compact swing lends itself to hard
contact to all fields. Swing lacks loft. Solid-average bat speed. Could
struggle with velocity, as his swing can get long and he has shown
vulnerability to fastballs inside. Tracks pitches, works counts and
understands the strike zone. Potential solid-average hit tool. Reportedly
changed swing path during 2017-18 offseason to add more loft and,
therefore, more power. SoxProspects.com Scouting Staff will update report
after scouting looks.
Power: Fringe-average power
potential. Above-average raw power, but doesn’t translate to games, where
he has a more line drive-oriented swing. Propensity for hard contact.
Strength could eventually allow him to settle into around 15 home runs a
season. SoxProspects.com Scouting Staff will update power projection after
getting scouting looks at new swing path.
arm strength. Plenty of arm for first base, but doesn’t get to show it off
Field: Solid athlete for a first baseman.
Soft hands, confident picking balls out of the dirt. Potential
above-average defender. Was going to see time in the outfield during
2017-18 Dominican winter league, but an injury limited him to just one
game in left field. Saw some time in the outfield during 2018 Spring
Training and reportedly will continue to do so. SoxProspects.com Scouting
Staff will update report after seeing Travis in the outfield.
Run: Below-average runner. Not a major part of his game.
Above-average instincts on the bases. Smart baserunner.
Career Notes: Played for Team USA Collegiate team after his
sophomore season at Indiana. Broke hamate bone in right hand before start
of sophomore season at Indiana, but played through college season and
summer with Team USA before undergoing surgery that August. Participated
in 2014 Fall Instructional League. 2016 season ended in May when he tore
his left ACL. A hip injury limited him to just 10 games in the Dominican
winter league in 2017.
Summation: Ceiling of a
second-division regular. Projects as a platoon, role player who can come
off the bench or start in the right matchups. Tough profile in the modern
game due to lack of power and undersized frame at a primary run-producing
position. Bat will determine value because he is limited to first base.
Possesses solid instincts and is a notoriously hard worker. If work to
generate more power at the plate, as well as more defensive versatility,
pays off, could increase his chances of sticking in the major leagues