When the Red Sox drafted Sam Travis in the second round of the 2014 draft, there was lots of optimism and hope that the Red Sox had potentially drafted their heir to the first base crown.
Travis, was teammates with Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber at Indiana University, and was highly touted. At the time, he was deemed one of the top prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization.
Despite Major League potential, Travis has found his path to first base blocked.
In 2015 it was announced that Hanley Ramirez would be moving to first base.
Again, in 2017, the Red Sox signed free-agent Mitch Moreland to a one year deal still keeping the possibility that Travis could take over the position in 2018.
Sadly, Travis tore his ACL early on in the 2016 season and took him out of the first base plans for the 2016 season.
He made his MLB debut last season appearing in a total of 33 games in multiple stints with the team, but never quite was able to find success that both he and the team were hoping for. Travis is not viewed as a power hitter, but has flashed gap-to-gap power, hitting more doubles (14) than home runs (6) last season while at AAA, Pawtucket.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-yRqO8g3U0]
With yet another offseason underway, Travis is facing the challenge of finding a spot on this team. There is little doubt that the Red Sox prospect could find success in Boston, but he may be better suited as a trade chip rather than a first baseman.
Sam Travis remains in limbo, once again.