Sam Travis Boston Red Sox  |  First Base

     
 


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Age: 26
Born: August 27, 1993
Chicago, IL
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2014; 40th round, 2011 by Cincinnati
How Acquired: Draft
College: Indiana
High School: Providence Catholic (IL)

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Physical Description: Undersized, but has a 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 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, but experiment failed. Reportedly switched back to a more contact-oriented approach midseason.

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. Attempted to adjust swing path to add loft in 2018, but returned to original approach after struggling for half a season.

Arm: Average arm strength. Plenty of arm for first base, but doesn’t get to show it off often. Arm is fine for occasional duty in left field.

Field: Solid athlete for a first baseman. Soft hands, confident picking balls out of the dirt. Potential above-average defender. Split time between first base and left field in 2018. Below-average defender in left field.

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. 2018 swing path adjustment saw him hit just .215/.279/.308 with 64 strikeouts in first 54 games before returning to old approach to hit .298/.352/.404 with 28 strikeouts in final 47 games in Pawtucket.

Summation: Ceiling of 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 run-producing position. Bat will determine value because he is limited to first base and only spot duty in left field. Possesses solid instincts and is a notoriously hard worker.

 
   
  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
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 66 246 35 77 15 4 5 40 115 26 43 10 6 0.313 0.378 0.467 0.845
  2015 Portland East AA Bos 21 65 243 35 73 17 2 4 38 106 33 34 9 6 0.300 0.384 0.436 0.821
  2015 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 21 23 93 19 32 10 1 1 14 47 9 19 3 1 0.344 0.394 0.505 0.899
  2016 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 22 47 173 26 47 10 0 6 29 75 15 40 1 0 0.272 0.332 0.434 0.765
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 82 304 40 82 14 0 6 24 114 37 57 6 2 0.270 0.351 0.373 0.726
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 33 76 13 20 6 0 0 1 26 6 23 1 0 0.263 0.325 0.342 0.667
  2017 Cibao LIDOM Wint --- 23 10 32 3 5 2 0 0 2 7 4 11 0 0 0.156 0.243 0.219 0.462
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 97 361 35 93 13 0 8 43 130 29 89 1 2 0.258 0.317 0.360 0.677
  2018 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 19 36 5 8 3 0 1 7 14 2 10 0 0 0.222 0.263 0.389 0.652
  2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 68 236 36 65 14 1 7 33 102 31 62 5 1 0.275 0.362 0.432 0.794
  2019 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 59 144 17 31 4 1 6 16 55 11 36 2 0 0.215 0.274 0.382 0.656
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 17, 2014 by Blair Henry
Signing Bonus: $846,800
MiLB Debut: June 18, 2014 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: May 23, 2017 (Bos)
MLB Debut:
May 24, 2017 (Bos)
MLB Service Time (through 2019):
1 year, 47 days
Options Remaining
: 0 (2019, 2018, 2017)
Contract (2020): ~League Minimum
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2011 Chicago Tribune Illinois Player of the Year
2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Carolina League Player of the Week (April 27-May 3, 2015)
2015 Carolina League All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (June 2015)
2015 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
2015 Arizona Fall League Rising Star
Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Month (April 2016)
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 28-August 3, 2014)
2015 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Stars
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 27-May 3, 2015)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (June 2015)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 1-8, 2015)
2015 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2016 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
 
  
  
  
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