Player: Sam Travis
Drafted by: Boston Red Sox
DOB: 08/27/1993 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6’0”, 205 pounds
Previously Drafted: 40th round, 2011 (Reds)
A 40th-round draft pick by the Reds out of high school, Sam Travis became the second Hoosier to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award in 2012 after batting .319/.397/.509 with 17 doubles and nine home runs in 60 games.
Travis took another step forward as a sophomore in 2013, as he batted .316/.419/.545 with 22 doubles, 10 homers and 57 RBI for the Hoosiers. More importantly, he played a major role in the Hoosiers’ first trip to the College World Series, earning MVP honors in the Big Ten Tournament and then NCAA Bloomington regional.
This past season, Travis enjoyed the best performance of his three-year career at Indiana, as the junior batted .346/.411/.582 with 16 doubles, 12 home runs and 57 RBI while playing in 57 games.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
6’0", 205-pound right-handed batter has good feel for hitting; employs a consistent approach that yields as many walks as strikeouts; showcases impressive combination of bat speed and physical strength; drives the ball to all fields with authority; swing is mostly geared toward hard line drives.
Has plus raw power potential; majority of in-game power comes to his pull side, but he has the strength to jump the yard to all fields; projects for 20-25 home runs at maturity; is more likely to accrue more doubles than home runs in a given season.
Speed is well below average and limits his options defensively.
Decent arm strength could be a fit at third base or left field; better suited for a career at first base.
Lacks a true defensive home, as he’s seen time at both corner infield positions and the outfield at Indiana; lacks quickness and speed for long-term profile at the hot corner; shows a solid glove and good hands at first base; adept at digging balls out of the dirt.
MLB Player Comparison: Edwin Encarnacion
Travis’ game parallels that of Edwin Encarnacion, as both players are undersized, right-handed hitting first baseman with plus raw power (especially to the pull side) and a good feel for hitting.
Projection: Second-division first baseman
Major Leagues ETA: Mid-2016
Chances of Signing: 95 percent
Travis is one of the better college hitters available in this year’s class—which is thin on projectable bats from the college ranks—and he therefore stands to come off the board earlier than expected.
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