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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
34 .226 1 3 4 0 63 -0.1
Birth Date8-27-1993
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age25 years, 5 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2015
2016
-0.32017
-0.02018
-0.12019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2017 BOS 23 33 83 20 6 0 0 6 23 1 1 0 .263 .325 .342 68 -3.1 -1.0 0.2 -0.3
2018 BOS 24 19 38 8 3 0 1 2 10 0 0 0 .222 .263 .389 80 -0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career5212128901833110.250.306.35772-3.9-1.10.2-0.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2014 GRN A SAL 27 115 .260 .331 .373 .308 112 1.9 3.3 -2.1 115 0 0.8 -1.3 0.0 0.1
2014 LOW A- NYP 40 174 .254 .314 .359 .357 105 5.7 4.9 -3.1 154 0 -1.7 -0.7 4.1 0.4
2015 SLM A+ CAR 66 278 .243 .309 .348 .356 106 13 7.5 -4.8 155 0 2.3 2.0 9.5 1.8
2015 PME AA EAS 65 281 .259 .318 .377 .332 104 10.5 7.5 -4.8 143 0 8.7 2.7 6.8 2.3
2015 SCO Wnt AFL 23 104 .000 .000 .000 .413 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 PAW AAA INT 47 190 .256 .318 .374 .320 94 4.6 5.3 -3.4 120 0 2.1 1.4 1.7 0.7
2017 BOS MLB AL 33 83 .256 .328 .417 .377 107 -3.7 2.4 -1.5 68 15 0.2 -1.0 -3.1 -0.3
2017 PAW AAA INT 82 342 .255 .319 .389 .315 95 0.2 10.1 -6.5 116 0 -0.1 -3.5 1.4 0.1
2017 GIG Wnt DWL 10 37 .000 .000 .000 .227 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 BOS MLB AL 19 38 .247 .322 .411 .280 109 -1 1.1 -0.4 80 14 0.0 0.0 -0.8 0.0
2018 PAW AAA INT 97 398 .250 .317 .387 .317 93 2 11.7 -5.8 95 0 -2.2 1.3 -7.2 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2014 LOW A- NYP 174 165 28 55 5 1 4 74 30 4 18 5 1 .333 .364 .448 .115 0
2014 GRN A SAL 115 107 12 31 11 1 3 53 14 7 14 0 1 .290 .330 .495 .206 1
2015 SCO Wnt AFL 104 93 19 32 10 1 1 47 14 9 19 3 1 .344 .394 .505 .161 2 0
2015 SLM A+ CAR 278 246 35 77 15 4 5 115 40 26 43 10 6 .313 .378 .467 .154 4 0
2015 PME AA EAS 281 243 35 73 17 2 4 106 38 33 34 9 6 .300 .384 .436 .136 3 0
2016 PAW AAA INT 190 173 26 47 10 0 6 75 29 15 40 1 0 .272 .332 .434 .162 1 0
2017 PAW AAA INT 342 304 40 82 14 0 6 114 24 37 57 6 2 .270 .351 .375 .105 0 0
2017 BOS MLB AL 83 76 13 20 6 0 0 26 1 6 23 1 0 .263 .325 .342 .079 0 0
2017 GIG Wnt DWL 37 32 3 5 2 0 0 7 2 4 11 0 0 .156 .243 .219 .063 1 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 38 36 5 8 3 0 1 14 7 2 10 0 0 .222 .263 .389 .167 0 0
2018 PAW AAA INT 398 361 35 93 13 0 8 130 43 29 89 1 2 .258 .317 .360 .102 4 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 366 0.4645 0.3852 0.7021 0.5882 0.2092 0.7600 0.5610 0.2979 0.0000
2018 158 0.4810 0.4557 0.7222 0.6053 0.3171 0.8043 0.5769 0.2778 0.0000
Career5240.46950.40650.70820.59340.24170.77340.56580.29180.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BOS $
2017 BOS $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 119 d1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Boston 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Boston 5/23/17.
  • Drafted by Boston 2014 (2-67) (Indiana). $0.8468M signing bonus (slot amount).

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 89 Chris Marrero 2014 0 DNP
2 87 Craig Cooper 2010 0 DNP
3 86 Brian Stavisky 2006 0 DNP
4 86 Scott Thorman 2007 72
5 85 Gaby Sanchez 2009 102
6 85 James Van Ostrand 2010 0 DNP
7 85 Jordan Brown 2009 0 DNP
8 85 Chris Nowak 2008 0 DNP
9 84 Brant Colamarino 2006 0 DNP
10 84 Lars Anderson 2013 0 DNP
11 84 Mark Canha 2014 0 DNP
12 84 Matt Hague 2011 0 DNP
13 84 Scott Savastano 2011 0 DNP
14 83 Matt Beaty 2018 0 DNP
15 83 Christian Marrero 2012 0 DNP
16 83 Casey Rogowski 2006 0 DNP
17 83 Jason Delaney 2008 0 DNP
18 83 Jason Rogers 2013 0 DNP
19 83 Sean Coughlin 2010 0 DNP
20 83 Brandon Snyder 2012 86
21 82 Adam Rosales 2008 79
22 82 Darin Ruf 2012 92
23 82 Austin Slater 2018 64
24 82 Rich Poythress 2013 0 DNP
25 82 O'Koyea Dickson 2015 0 DNP
26 82 Luke Voit 2016 0 DNP
27 82 Brett Nicholas 2014 0 DNP
28 82 Daniel Paolini 2015 0 DNP
29 82 Michael Ahmed 2017 0 DNP
30 82 Michael Spina 2012 0 DNP
31 82 Garrett Cooper 2016 0 DNP
32 82 Jonathan Rodriguez 2015 0 DNP
33 82 Roberto Lopez 2011 0 DNP
34 82 Yermin Mercedes 2018 0 DNP
35 82 Jim Gallagher 2011 0 DNP
36 82 Brock Peterson 2009 0 DNP
37 81 Shin-Soo Choo 2008 128
38 81 Matt Oberste 2017 0 DNP
39 81 Aaron Bates 2009 79
40 81 Bryan Byrne 2009 0 DNP
41 81 Andrew Lefave 2009 0 DNP
42 81 Caleb Gindl 2014 81
43 81 Mike Carp 2011 105
44 81 Jefry Marte 2016 110
45 81 Yamaico Navarro 2013 78
46 81 Ronnie Mitchell 2016 0 DNP
47 81 Ryan Garko 2006 111
48 80 Brian O'Grady 2017 0 DNP
49 80 Chris Parmelee 2013 91
50 80 Rawley Bishop 2011 0 DNP
51 80 Dan Black 2013 0 DNP
52 80 Chris Carter 2008 79
53 80 David Cooper 2012 111
54 80 Chun-Hsiu Chen 2014 0 DNP
55 80 Chris Bostick 2018 69
56 80 Chris McGuiness 2013 58
57 80 Alejandro Segovia 2015 0 DNP
58 80 Conrad Gregor 2017 0 DNP
59 80 Wes Bankston 2009 0 DNP
60 80 Tonys Gutierrez 2009 0 DNP
61 80 Nick Evans 2011 83
62 80 Sicnarf Loopstok 2018 0 DNP
63 80 Chris Pettit 2010 0 DNP
64 80 Xavier Avery 2015 0 DNP
65 80 Tyler Goeddel 2018 0 DNP
66 80 Dominic Ficociello 2017 0 DNP
67 80 Joey Meneses 2017 0 DNP
68 79 Thomas Neal 2013 78
69 79 Jesus Aguilar 2015 73
70 79 Zander Wiel 2018 0 DNP
71 79 Jeff Fiorentino 2008 81
72 79 Kendrys Morales 2008 97
73 79 Gorkys Hernandez 2013 0 DNP
74 79 Daniel Matienzo 2006 0 DNP
75 79 Mike McDade 2014 0 DNP
76 79 Chris Garcia 2013 0 DNP
77 79 Charlie Blackmon 2012 87
78 79 Beau Mills 2012 0 DNP
79 79 Rhyne Hughes 2009 0 DNP
80 79 Chad Tracy 2011 0 DNP
81 79 Justin Bloxom 2013 0 DNP
82 79 Mark Payton 2017 0 DNP
83 79 Tyler Austin 2017 79
84 79 Luke Murton 2011 0 DNP
85 79 C.J. Cron 2015 100
86 79 Jeremie Tice 2012 0 DNP
87 79 Jason Kubel 2007 103
88 79 Casey Gillaspie 2018 0 DNP
89 79 Bryan Petersen 2011 84
90 79 Shawn Payne 2015 0 DNP
91 79 Abraham Almonte 2014 63
92 79 Paul McAnulty 2006 91
93 79 Anthony Aliotti 2013 0 DNP
94 79 Clint Robinson 2010 0 DNP
95 79 Garin Cecchini 2016 0 DNP
96 79 Reynaldo Rodriguez 2012 0 DNP
97 78 Zoilo Almonte 2014 70
98 78 Phil Ervin 2018 96
99 78 John Wooten 2016 0 DNP
100 78 Andrew Burns 2016 76

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Did Travis take a step forward or a step back in 2017? On the one hand, he cut his strikeout rate and bumped his walk rate in Triple-A, didn’t embarrass himself in the majors and earned your uncle’s respect by continuing to eschew batting gloves. He seemed fully recovered from his ACL injury, too. On the other hand, Travis hit for even less power than he had in 2016, and while his Pawtucket production was solid, it was hardly remarkable. The Red Sox re-signed Mitch Moreland to a two-year deal in December, so Travis might’ve missed his window to prove he belongs at Fenway on an everyday basis. He didn’t look overwhelmed facing MLB pitching, though, so perhaps he’ll become familiar with the Providence-to-Boston Commuter Rail line.
2017 It’s no secret that Travis has a tough profile as a prospect. He lacks big-time power, he’s not a premium athlete and he’s confined to first base, where he’s still a work in progress. But a good hit tool will cover up lots of sins, and Travis has mashed at every professional level he's seen thus far. That continued through his first brief stint in Pawtucket, at least until he tore his ACL in a rundown just before Memorial Day and missed the rest of the season. Travis began to show a bit more power as a Paw Sox, and if that continues, he could yet force his way into regular MLB at-bats. If not, he profiles as a useful bench bat or second-division starter, but one whose limited paths to value place tremendous pressure on his hit tool and pop.
2016 As a first baseman without big power or an explosive hit tool, Travis' profile is fairly boring. No one gets worked up over the next, oh, let's say, James Loney. So why, other than his status as a second-round draft pick, are we paying him any mind? Because he keeps hitting. Maybe you could write off his success in Lowell, Greenville and Salem as a college bat taking advantage of inferior competition, but you're entering big boy territory once you hit Portland and the Indiana product raked there, too. Travis is now a .310/.371/.457 hitter in 761 professional PA, and while scouting the stat line is a fool's errand, so is ignoring success. There's not a ton of projection left here but if even a few of his doubles start leaving the yard he becomes a much more intriguing proposition. Perhaps he and Travis Shaw can form some sort of homegrown all-Travis platoon some day.
2015 A second-rounder out of Indiana, Sam Travis has a 1:1 ratio of first names to tools. Fortunately, the two are hit and power, two good attributes for somebody confined to first base or left field.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)Sam Travis seems like a legitimate person of interest. I would like for you to tell me how he will fare next year as the Red Sox starting 1b. Thanks for your time.
(Hello from Here)
Hello!

Two caveats that apply to this question and prospect questions generally:
1. I am not on the prospect team; and
2. As a White Sox fan/writer, my perspective has become skewed over the years. Given their organizational strengths with pitchers (and unusual pitchers at that) and crushing weakness at developing hitters (I think Aaron Rowand is the last plus position player the White Sox have drafted and graduated to the majors), I tend to err positive on arms and negative on bats--although...with a much lower bar for what I deem to be a success.

All of that said, I find it hard to imagine that the Red Sox would enter 2018 with Travis as their starting first baseman. Given the presence of both Hanley and Sandoval (and potentially Swihart?), as well as their general aspirations for excellence, a fringe-power profile like Travis seems like a Plan B or C for the position rather than Plan A. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-03-30 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Moreland hit enough to keep Sam Travis waiting in the wings? Travis might not provide quite as much defensive value, but it doesn't seem far-fetched to expect him tp demonstrate he'll outgrow Pawtucket before long.
(Oliver from Boston)
Yes, I think Moreland will be able to hold off Sam Travis. I like Moreland more than most as a boring but reliable player. And maybe temper your expectations for Travis since he wasn't even ranked on several industry prospect lists and was ranked around # 100 on the ones where he was ranked. (Scooter Hotz)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better future 1B for your dynasty team: a. Matt Olson b. Sam Travis c. find another option, dude!
(J. Lydon from London)
Depends on the league. If it's a standard one that includes batting-average, Travis. If it's OBP, Olson. If it's none of those things, you play in a weird league. I like both guys quite a bit. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)1B Sam Travis have any real chance to the starting 1B in Bos someday?
(mdotmorris22 from Minnesota)
Yes! (Matthew Kory)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Does your fellow Hoosier Sam Travis have a shot at becoming an MLB regular 1B for the Sox?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
The rule of 1B prospects applies here. He's going to have to hit and hit and hit and hit. I'd bet against it. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Will Sam Travis play 1b in the pros or does he have a shot at sticking at 3b?
(Chris from Chicago)
For me it's first base, but I've heard left field from a couple of midwest guys. Haven't heard real support for him at the hot corner. (Pre-Draft Chat with Nick J. Faleris)


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