Sam Travis
Sam Travis
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Boston Red Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The closer Travis got to the big leagues, the less capable he appeared of hitting enough to be an everyday first baseman. When he finally arrived last season, he did little to change that narrative. The 24-year-old hit .270 against both righties and lefties at Triple-A, but he slugged .340 with three home runs in 241 at-bats against righties compared to .508 with three home runs in 63 at-bats against opposite-handed pitching. He has only ever played first base in the minors, and while he appears capable of handling the short side of a platoon at first base, he wouldn't be a very useful fantasy option in that scenario. He has played 129 games at Triple-A and will compete for a bench spot this spring. Travis could be the right-handed version of Mitch Moreland, who will start at first base for the Red Sox against righties. The two could be sharing a platoon for most, if not all of the 2018 season. A minor hip injury cut his winter ball season short, but he should be ready to go for spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Red Sox in June of 2014.
Clubs first major-league home run
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September 21, 2018
Travis went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs and three RBI in Friday's win over the Indians.
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Travis clubbed his first major-league homer in the third inning and later came up to slash a two-run double in the seventh. This was his first start since being called back up in early September, and he's gone 5-for-25 with two doubles and seven RBI across 12 games overall this year.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+168%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+230%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .844 61 12 0 2 1 .321 .410 .434
Since 2016vs Right .315 45 2 0 3 0 .136 .156 .159
2018vs Left .413 13 1 0 1 0 .091 .231 .182
2018vs Right .400 10 0 0 3 0 .200 .200 .200
2017vs Left .958 48 11 0 1 1 .381 .458 .500
2017vs Right .290 35 2 0 0 0 .118 .143 .147
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .529 60 5 0 1 0 .189 .283 .245
Since 2016Away .712 46 9 0 4 1 .295 .326 .386
2018Home .410 18 1 0 1 0 .125 .222 .188
2018Away .400 5 0 0 3 0 .200 .200 .200
2017Home .580 42 4 0 0 0 .216 .310 .270
2017Away .752 41 9 0 1 1 .308 .341 .410
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Sam Travis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
7.4%
 
K Rate
25.9%
 
BABIP
.235
 
ISO
.200
 
AVG
.200
 
OBP
.259
 
SLG
.400
 
OPS
.659
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Travis is a quick-rising prospect who started the 2016 season at Triple-A, after just 281 plate appearances at the Double-A level. A monster spring training fueled the club's decision to challenge him with the aggressive assignment, but a torn ACL cut short his season in May. He's on schedule to return during spring training. The injury shouldn't hurt defensively, as Travis was already limited to first base. Fortunately, Hanley Ramirez isn't a long-term solution, nor is Mitch Moreland (one-year deal). So, the path to MLB is clear for Travis, whose hit tool offsets a paucity of power, though he did show improvement in the area in 2016. The Chicago native hit six homers in 173 at-bats after hitting nine in all of 2015. Opponents are taking notice and developed a plan of attack against Travis, whose strikeout rate climbed to 21 percent in 2016. The injury robbed him of time to adjust, which will be a primary goal when he opens the 2017 season at Pawtucket.
Travis had his first full season in the minors in 2015, hitting .307/.381/.452/.833 in 559 plate appearances in two stops at High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. The right-handed collegiate out of Indiana, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, hit right handers (.301) and left handers (.325) equally well. His performance was good enough to earn the organizational award as minor league offensive player of the year. His advanced approach, consistent contact and on-base skills make him an above-average hitting prospect, but his present and projected power isn’t quite at the level we’re accustomed to seeing out of a first baseman. He hit just nine homers in 2015, but supplemented that with 32 doubles and six triples while knocking in 78 runs. His lack of athleticism keeps him at first base, so how the bat develops power will dictate his upside in the majors.
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Returns to lineup Friday
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Undisclosed
September 21, 2018
Travis (undisclosed) is starting in left field and batting eighth at Cleveland on Friday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Exits for precautionary reasons
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Undisclosed
September 19, 2018
Travis was removed from Wednesday's game against the Yankees for precautionary reasons, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Called up to Red Sox
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September 1, 2018
Travis was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.
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Demoted to minors
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July 16, 2018
Travis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Back with Boston
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July 13, 2018
Travis was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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