Sam Travis
Sam Travis
26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Texas Rangers
Day-To-Day
Injury Hamstring
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Travis plays both first base and the outfield, with neither the defensive chops nor the power to handle either position on a full-time basis. He has worn out the Pawtucket-to-Fenway shuttle service the past few years as he continued to hit Triple-A pitching well, but couldn't find the same success at the big-league level. He has the unfortunate profile of a short-side platoon bat that made him an ideal partner for Mitch Moreland, but his upside is extremely limited otherwise. More playing time would not suit him well until he shows he can hit right-handed, major-league pitching. He is out of options, and the Red Sox DFA'd him in January after signing backup catcher Kevin Plawecki. He accepted his outright assignment, and even if he earns his way back onto the 40-man roster, there is very little fantasy upside here. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with the Red Sox in June of 2014. Traded to the Rangers in January of 2020.
Could play this weekend
1BTexas Rangers  AAA
Hamstring
February 25, 2020
Travis (hamstring) has been running the bases and could appear in a spring training game this coming weekend, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning Star reports.
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Travis was hobbled by an offseason injury that's prevented him from playing thus far during spring games. The longer he's sidelined, the less likely it is for Travis to push for the open first base job. Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird have manned the position in the first few games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
#8
#9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
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#6
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7
2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+11%
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 .721 169 26 5 16 1 .250 .320 .401
Since 2017vs Right .565 109 9 2 8 2 .202 .239 .327
2019vs Left .679 104 13 5 14 0 .221 .279 .400
2019vs Right .611 53 4 1 2 2 .204 .264 .347
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
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+96%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+93%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .716 156 19 4 13 1 .245 .321 .396
Since 2017Away .588 122 16 3 11 2 .214 .246 .342
2019Home .849 86 12 4 12 1 .276 .349 .500
2019Away .433 71 5 2 4 1 .147 .183 .250
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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.31
 
BB Rate
7.0%
 
K Rate
22.9%
 
BABIP
.243
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.215
 
OBP
.274
 
SLG
.382
 
OPS
.656
 
wOBA
.284
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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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Dealing with hamstring
1BTexas Rangers  AAA
Hamstring
February 9, 2020
Travis sustained a hamstring injury while training during the offseason, Chris Halicke of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Receives invite
1BTexas Rangers  AAA
January 23, 2020
Travis has been extended an invitation to spring training, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Will compete at first base
1BTexas Rangers  AAA
January 17, 2020
Travis will be given a shot to compete at first base during spring training, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Traded to Rangers
1BTexas Rangers  AAA
January 15, 2020
Travis was traded from the Red Sox to the Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for left-hander Jeffrey Springs, John Blake of the team's official site reports.
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Accepts outright assignment
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
January 9, 2020
Travis cleared waivers Thursday and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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