Red Sox: Comparing Top five prospects to MLB players
4. 1B, Sam Travis
MLB Player Comparison: Paul Goldschmidt
Sam Travis missed the entire 2016 season after tearing his ACL in Spring Training; however, the potential five tool threat is reportedly “in the best shape of his life.” Travis spent most of his time down in Fort Myers last season rehabbing his knee and bulking up to get ready for this season.
The former second round pick has hit .303 in three minor league seasons, however, his power has been questionable as he’s managed just 22 home runs in 245 career games. Travis has the ability to run well for a first basemen, defends very well at first base and some Red Sox executives think he could play some outfield this season.
Travis hasn’t played higher than Double-A, however, according to a scout, Travis is drawing comparisons to Paul Goldschmidt. Travis had an impressive Major League camp last season before tearing his ACL as he hit .536 (15 for 28) a team high 13 RBI’s and two home runs.
Travis is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on this season as he’ll either start the year in Portland or Pawtucket, however, if he’s producing down there, expect the Red Sox to potentially call up Travis later on in the year.