2014 Draft Profile: Sam Travis

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School: Indiana; Class: Junior

Position: 1B/3B; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-0; Weight: 210 pounds

Previously Drafted: Cincinnati Reds, 40th round, 2011

 

Background: Paired with Kyle Schwarber to give Indiana the only school with two representatives on the USA Collegiate National Baseball Team last summer. Travis, who became the second Hoosier to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award in 2012 (Alex Dickerson, 2009), has been a consistent offensive performer throughout his three-year career, posting triple-slash lines of .319/.397/.509, .316/.419/.545, and .368/.431/.597.

Along with his time with Team USA (where he admittedly struggled by hitting .222/.306/.315), Travis also did a stint with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in Cape Cod League two years ago. He paced the team in batting average en route to hitting .339/.415/.482.

 

Projection: It all comes down to consistency – which, unfortunately, may not be the best thing for Travis’ big league prospects. Consider the following: throughout his career his ISOs have been .190, .226, and .229; his walk rates are 10.8%, 12.9%, and 8.4%.

While his contact rates have improved – and ignoring some vagaries in BABIP – Travis has seemingly plateaued as a hitter. Solid average power with the chance to top out in the 15- to 20-HR area, a pretty good hit tool, and a decent eye at the plate, which will likely become below-average in the professional ranks.

Depending upon his defense, Travis could develop into a league average everyday third baseman or a below-average first baseman (where the bat clearly doesn’t play as well), give or take a half-win either way.

He could, however, just as easily flame out as a Quad-A guy too. There’s some risk, but one that’s worth taking in the late second/third rounds.

 

Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player

Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Second/Third Round

 

Photo Courtesy of chetstrange.com.

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.