Sam Travis
Sam Travis
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Sam Travis in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed with the Red Sox in June of 2014.
Recalled by Red Sox
1BBoston Red Sox
July 15, 2019
Travis was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Travis will give the Red Sox another option at first base with both Mitch Moreland (quadriceps) and Steve Pearce (back) on the injured list. Travis has thus far failed to impress in a limited sample of 152 plate appearances over the last three seasons, hitting .238/.283/.322 with just a single homer. He owns a respectable but unexciting .275/.362/.432 slash line in 68 games for Pawtucket this season. Eduardo Nunez was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+52%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+162%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+192%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+230%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .708 86 14 0 4 1 .282 .349 .359
Since 2017vs Right .467 67 5 1 6 0 .182 .194 .273
2019vs Left .476 21 1 0 2 0 .238 .238 .238
2019vs Right .182 11 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
2018vs Left .310 17 2 0 1 0 .067 .176 .133
2018vs Right .905 21 3 1 6 0 .333 .333 .571
2017vs Left .958 48 11 0 1 1 .381 .458 .500
2017vs Right .290 35 2 0 0 0 .118 .143 .147
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+37%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+93%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .520 90 8 0 3 0 .205 .267 .253
Since 2017Away .711 63 11 1 7 1 .279 .302 .410
2019Home .400 20 1 0 2 0 .200 .200 .200
2019Away .333 12 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
2018Home .519 28 3 0 1 0 .192 .250 .269
2018Away 1.000 10 2 1 6 0 .300 .300 .700
2017Home .580 42 4 0 0 0 .216 .310 .270
2017Away .752 41 9 0 1 1 .308 .341 .410
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
28.1%
 
BABIP
.261
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.188
 
OBP
.188
 
SLG
.188
 
OPS
.375
 
wOBA
.167
 
Exit Velocity
85.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.4%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Sent back to Triple-A
1BBoston Red Sox
July 1, 2019
The Red Sox demoted Travis to Triple-A Pawtucket following Sunday's 12-8 loss to the Yankees in London, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Gathers two hits in loss
1BBoston Red Sox
July 1, 2019
Travis went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's 12-8 loss to the Yankees.
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Draws start in series finale
1BBoston Red Sox
June 30, 2019
Travis will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Yankees in London.
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Likely to join big club in London
1BBoston Red Sox
June 26, 2019
Manager Alex Cora said Wednesday that Travis will likely serve as Boston's 26th man for its two-game series versus the Yankees in London this weekend, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
1BBoston Red Sox
June 14, 2019
Travis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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