Sam Travis Greenville Drive  |  First Base

     
 

Age: 21
Born: August 27, 1993
Orland Park, IL
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2014 ; 40th round, 2011 by Cincinnati
How Acquired: Draft
College: Indiana
High School: Providence Catholic (IL)
ETA: 2017

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Physical Description: Undersized, but strong, muscular build. Filled-out frame with limited remaining physical projection. Not overly athletic.  

Hit: Solid 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 he moves up, 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.  

Power: Fringe-average to average power potential. Solid-average raw power, but in-game 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.  

Arm: Average arm strength. Plenty of arm for first base, but doesn’t get to show it off often.

Field: Lack of athleticism and foot speed best suited for first base. Soft hands. Confident picking balls out of the dirt.

Run: Below-average runner. Not a major part of his game. Smart base runner.  

Career Notes: Played for Team USA Collegiate team after his sophomore season at Indiana.  

Summation: Potential second-division regular. Tough profile due to only average power and undersized frame. Bat will determine value because he is limited to first base. Solid instincts and hard worker. If bat doesn’t develop, bench player profile. Could move quickly through the low minors.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2012 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 18 60 232 41 74 17 0 9 50 118 29 35 4 2 0.319 0.397 0.509 0.906
  2013 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 19 65 244 53 77 22 2 10 57 133 39 33 4 4 0.316 0.419 0.545 0.964
  2014 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 20 59 245 55 85 16 2 12 58 141 25 26 8 5 0.347 0.415 0.576 0.991
  2014 Lowell NYPL A Bos 20 40 165 28 55 5 1 4 30 74 4 18 5 1 0.330 0.364 0.448 0.813
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 27 107 12 31 11 1 3 14 53  7 14 0 1 0.290 0.330 0.495 0.826
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 17, 2014
Signing Bonus: $846,800
MiLB Debut: June 18, 2014 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: June 2015 (2014 draftee)
     
  Awards
2011 Chicago Tribune Illinois Player of the Year
2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 28-August 3, 2014)

 

  

 
 

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