Red Sox position players on the fringe of making 2018 Opening Day roster

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 6: Deven Marrero
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 6: Deven Marrero /
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KANSAS CITY, MO -JUNE 20: Sam Travis (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO -JUNE 20: Sam Travis (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /


2017 with Boston: 33 G, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .263 BA/.325 OBP/.342 SLG (.667 OPS)

2017 with Pawtucket: 82 G, 6 HR, 24 RBI, .271 BA/.351 OBP/.375 SLG (.726 OPS)

Sam Travis made his major league debut in 2017, which is good. But his performance with Boston left a lot to be desired. Which is bad, obviously.

As a prospect out of Indiana University, scouts labeled Travis as a strong kid who could hit with a ton of power. But, when Travis was called up in May, his ability to hit for power did not make itself known. In his 33-game stint with the Red Sox, the righty did not leave the yard once, driving in only one run and collecting six doubles. His slugging percentage reflects that, sitting at .342. All signs point to the fact that the 24-year old was still a year away from hanging with the big club.

Things get interesting for Travis this offseason. The Red Sox have been linked to Eric Hosmer to fill out their need at first base. Hanley Ramirez is still hanging around and signed through either 2019 or 2020, depending on whether or not his option vests. Travis does throw right-handed, so he could play elsewhere. But, as a first baseman, his options elsewhere on the diamond are limited to either third base, or a corner outfield spot. And in case you forgot, those positions are taken up by three young stars.

Things do not look good for Sam Travis.

VERDICT: Starts 2018 in Pawtucket.