Travis Lakins Pawtucket Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: June 29, 1994
Birthplace: Franklin, OH
Height: 6-1
Weight: 197
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 6th round, 2015 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Ohio State
High School: Franklin (IL)

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Pronunciation: LAY-kins
First Pro Contract: July 14, 2015 (BOS)
Signing Scout: John Pyle
Signing Bonus: $320,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: August 31, 2015 (GCL Playoffs)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2018 (BOS)
MLB Debut: April 23, 2019 (BOS)
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): $555,000
   
Twitter: @iShootYalSalute
Instagram: @travislakins5

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Undersized for a pitcher, but a plus athlete. On the skinny side at present with room to add strength. Has struggled to stay healthy during his pro career and small frame could be a contributing factor to that, leading to move to bullpen.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side of the rubber. Repeatable delivery. Glove sets tucked on left side of chest and meets right hand just above the belt as he pivots into delivery. Short arm action in back, hides the ball well. Quick arm. Stays on line to the plate. Medium leg kick.

Fastball: Sits 92-95 mph when loose. Topped out at 96 mph as a starter, but reportedly has hit 98 mph in the bullpen and is now sitting in the mid-90s. Occasional arm-side run when down in the zone. Doesn't have great life. Needs to improve command and control down in the zone. Could add a tick or two to velocity with physical maturity. Potential plus offering, but plays below that due to lack of life and inconsistent movement.

Cutter/Slider: 88-91 mph with varying shape. Looks like a true cutter at higher velocities with short, horizontal break. At lower velocities, shows longer break and more tilt. Potential plus, swing-and-miss offering. Used to throw a true slider, but transitioned the pitch to a cutter in 2017-2018.

Curveball: 80-82 mph with tight rotation and two-plane break. Seems to throw two variations, one at 75-76 mph designed to steal a strike and another at 79-82 mph. Power breaking ball has shown more potential of the two. Tight rotation and hard, 12-to-6 break. Future potential average offering with bat-missing ability when sequenced correctly.
  Changeup: 85-89 mph with late dive away from left-handed hitters. Locates well down in the zone and shows some feel. Has used sparingly as cutter has developed.

Career Notes: Recruited by Butler and NC State for basketball. Both 2016 and 2017 seasons ended early due to stress fractures on the tip of his pitching elbow. Upon return in late April 2018, eased back in with three-inning starts until organization decided to move him into a full-time relief role, where stuff has played up.

Summation: Lean, undersized frame profiles best as a reliever. Injury history led to transition into that role in 2018. Potential for two plus pitches in his fastball and cutter, with two additional pitches in his curveball and changeup to keep hitters off-balance. Has room for added strength and could add a little more velocity, although fastball has already played up in shorter stints. Prior to injuries, had a chance to start with a four-pitch mix, but bullpen role will give him a greater chance to stay on the field. Overall consistency of arsenal, fastball command, and control will be keys going forward.

Links
The Write-Up: Allen, Lakins, Cuevas... (10.5.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Notes from the Field: Day One (3.17.16)
Scouting Scratch: Travis Lakins (6.6.17)
Scouting Scratch (6.19.18)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2014 Ohio State NCAA Coll --- 19 1 3 0.250 2.45 25 2 2 55.0 49 17 15 1 21 55 1.27 2.62 9.00
  2015 Ohio State NCAA Coll --- 20 4 4 0.500 3.75 15 15 0 96.0 97 51 40 7 32 84 1.34 2.63 7.88
  2015 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 20 0 0 --- 0.00 1 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.50 3.00 13.50
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 6 3 0.667 5.93 19 18 0 91.0 111 65 60 8 36 79 1.62 2.19 7.81
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 5 0 1.000 2.61 7 7 0 38.0 32 12 11 2 13 43 1.18 3.31 10.18
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 22 0 4 0.000 6.23 8 8 0 30.1 34 25 21 2 21 19 1.81 0.90 5.64
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 23 2 2 0.500 2.61 26 6 1 38.0 27 16 11 3 13 42 1.05 3.23 9.95
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 1 0 1.000 1.65 10 0 2 16.1 11 6 3 0 5 15 0.98 3.00 8.27
   
     
    2019 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24     stats                            
2019 Boston AL MLB Bos 24     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  -   2016 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 6-9, 2017)
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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