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Sam Travis

Born: 08/27/1993 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 220
Primary Position: 1B
Secondary Position: DH
Strong body; not overly large frame, but filled out; not much room left for physical projection; strong wrists and forearms; low maintenance body; decent athlete;
Evaluator Chris Mellen
Report Date 07/15/2014
Dates Seen 6/20,7/1, 7/12-7/14
Affiliate Lowell Spinners (Short Season, Red Sox)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 Moderate 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 More of a compact stroke; arms come through the zone shorter and closer to body; will lengthen when going out to get balls middle-away; demonstrates patience and knowledge of the strike zone; will work counts; willing to use the whole field; does expand zone when pressing or in a situation to delivery; hands on the bland side; have trouble getting above the ball against velocity; ties himself up on inner third, especially against velocity; contact in play lacks consistent backspin.
Power 50 Has good strength; forearms well defined; swing lacks consistent lift - at times shows upward plane and then at times is very level or chops; can run into fastballs out and over the plate with lift; ability to drive ball out to all fields; don't see the type of swing to fully tap into strength, but potential to muscle up enough for double-digit home run totals.
Baserunning/Speed 35 Speed not a factor in player's game; consistently timed in the 4.5s down the line; high double play candidate; not a station-to-station runner, but have to hit a gap to take a chance with less than 2 outs.
Glove 55 Can range in both directions at first base; average hands; stretches well; scoops in the dirt have improved over stretch of looks; at times rushes plays and is over-zealous in selection of what to go after; potential to put some more polish on the glove over the course of the next few seasons.
Arm 50 Adequate throwing arm; shows good accuracy when cutting off throw and firing to base; at times a little awkward leading pitchers to bag with throws; would like to see if there is more arm here, but doesn't really have a chance to air it out.

Tough profile - bat needs to produce at high levels consistently for long-term value; Offensive tools were on the bland side in this look; have questions on the hands and whether they are good enough to keep pace with high quality arms; like the mentality to maximize everything player has; likely to not meet strong resistance until upper levels; don't see a long-term regular here -more of a bench bat/part-time player.

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