August 27, 1993
Orland Park, IL
2nd round, 2014 ; 40th round, 2011 by Cincinnati
ETA: Late 2017
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2014 Top 40 Season in Review
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Sam Travis: Obsessed with winning (4.13.16)
Physical Description: Undersized, but has strong,
muscular build. Filled-out frame with limited remaining physical
projection. Not overly athletic.
approach and strong contact skills. Compact swing lends itself to hard
contact to all fields. Swing lacks loft. Solid-average bat speed. Could
struggle with velocity as he moves up, as his swing can get long and he
has shown vulnerability to fastballs inside. Tracks pitches, works counts
and understands the strike zone. Potential solid-average hit tool.
Power: Average power potential. Above-average raw
power, but in-game has a more line drive-oriented swing. Propensity for
hard contact. Strength could eventually allow him to settle into around
15-20 home runs a season.
Arm: Average arm
strength. Plenty of arm for first base, but doesn’t get to show it off
Field: Solid athlete for a first baseman.
Soft hands, confident picking balls out of the dirt. Potential
Run: Below-average runner.
Not a major part of his game. Above-average instincts on the bases. Smart
Career Notes: Tore ACL in May 2016,
ending his season. Broke hamate bone in right hand just before start of
sophomore college season, but played full season and with Team USA that
summer before undergoing surgery that August. Participated in 2014 Fall
second-division regular. Tough profile due to only average power and
undersized frame. Bat will determine value because he is limited to first
base. Has solid instincts and is a notoriously hard worker. If bat doesn’t
develop, it's a bench profile.