Sam Travis

Position: 1B
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Pawtucket Red Sox
Age: 22
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 2nd Rd., 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS)

Prospect Spotlight

Travis is slashing .283/.333/.404 with six doubles, two home runs and 25 strikeouts, and eight walks through his first 99 ABs with Pawtucket. The right-handed hitting first basemen’s carrying tool is the overall hit tool, and it grades as future above-average tool as a result of Travis’ ability to consistently square balls up and impact the baseball with hard hit line drives to all fields. That’s mostly thanks to his above-average bat speed and quick hands through the zone. Travis’ swing is more geared towards line drives and doubles into the gaps in terms of overall power. However, as he matures and continues to develop, some of that power should turn into over-the-fence power, given his ability to hit the baseball as hard, and as consistently, as just about anyone in the minor leagues.

He’s aggressive early in counts, although not to his detriment: he swings at pitches he knows he can handle, and is not afraid to jump on the first pitch over the plate if he knows he can handle it. He also has a keen eye at the plate with an overall advanced approach, and he’s shown the ability to both recognize and handle advanced spin and off-speed stuff.

Defensively, Travis appears to be an average first baseman, and he continues to work on his throwing accuracy and footwork around the bag. He is very athletic and moves well from side to side, though, and should have no problem turning himself into a solid defensive first basemen. – Chaz Fiorino