Sam Travis is giving more fodder for those saying he is the Red Sox first baseman of the future while he is in the Arizona Fall League this season. Travis was named to the “Fall Stars” game which takes place this Saturday, November 7. The game features the top prospects in the league. Eight former first-round draft choices, including two from 2014, will be featured in the game.
Travis, a second round selection in 2014 from the Indiana University, is among the AFL leaders in runs (first), doubles (tied for first), batting average (fifth), slugging percentage (ninth), and OPS (eighth). The probable starting first baseman at AAA Pawtucket next year is on a roll over his last five games, going nine for his last 20 with a double and three walks. He has struck out just once in his last 27 plate appearances.
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The two best Red Sox pitchers in the AFL this year were left off the “Fall Stars” roster. Danny Rosenbaum has not allowed a run in six innings, allowing just three hits and three walks. He is on a good run right now, allowing just one hit over his last 4.2 innings. Big Texan Kyle Martin, a ninth round choice in 2013, has also impressed, surrendering just a solo homer in six innings of work (1.50 ERA). Martin has struck out seven in his six AFL innings. This continues a career trend for Martin, who has fanned 164 in 162.2 professional innings.
In an effort to give the “Fall Stars” game a bit more buzz, the league chose Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of the Hall of Fame Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, to play in the game. Yastrzemski has posted just a .189/.304/.324 batting line in 37 AFL at-bats this season. He played at AA Bowie in the Baltimore Orioles organization this season.
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