Sam Travis

Position: 1B
Born: 08/27/93
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .286 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and nine doubles in 33 games at Pawtucket (Triple-A) with a .353 OBP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Pawtucket on May 23, when RHP Hector Velazquez was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 05/24/17

Debut Details
May 24, in a 9-4 win over the Rangers. The starting first baseman, he batted seventh and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He led off the third inning against Rangers left-handed starter Martin Perez by grounding out to shortstop. In the fifth, he hit an infield single to shortstop that was defelcted by Perez but was erased on the bases when Sandy Leon hit into a double play. Travis batted twice during the team's seven-run seventh. With Perez still in and one out, he singled to center field, advanced to second on a single by Mitch Moreland and scored on a single by Josh Rutledge. Later on in the inning he came in with two outs and two on to face right-handed reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkx (a recent Debutante as well, see last week's column!) and struck out looking to end the inning.

Player Notes
Known for his steady consistency and ability to hit to all fields with average power potential, Travis made it to the big leagues just less than a year after his 2016 season at Pawtucket ended prematurely when he tore his left ACL on a run-down play against Indianapolis on May 30 of that season. He had been hitting .272 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 10 doubles for a .332 OBP and .434 SLG in 47 games with the PawSox before the injury. In 2015, his breakthrough season (if a second-round pick can be considered to have a breakthrough season!) he'd been named the MVP of the Portland (Double-A) club, hitting a combined .307 with nine home runs, 78 RBIs, 32 doubles and a .452 SLG between Portland and Salem (High A) and leading the Red Sox organization in average, hits (150) total bases (221), RBIs and walks (59). He'd hit a combined .316 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs between Lowell (Short-Season A) and Greenville (Class A) in his 2014 pro debut.