Thanks to Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland, the Boston Red Sox have first base covered. Due to that, there’s not much of a chance for Sam Travis to make the Opening Day roster. But that doesn’t mean he’s not going to make his case.
Travis dominated spring in 2016. He posted a .469 batting average with two doubles, two home runs, 13 runs batted in and four runs scored. He started the season in Triple-A with the expectations that he’d be called up at some point in the season. Unfortunately, his year ended due to an ACL injury and he never got his chance.
This spring, the 23-year-old is out to show 2016 was no fluke. He’s 3-for-8 with two walks, two doubles and one home run. He’s driven in two runs and scored one more. Those numbers aren’t counting his game against Northeastern, when he hit a home run and drove in three more runs.
Even if he does duplicate his numbers from last Spring, a spot on the 25-man roster just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Travis. Injuries could occur that would change this, but as of right now, it’s not happening.
But that’s fine because he’s still making the impact he needs to. Injuries happen. Travis is hitting his way into a position that should someone go down, he’ll be the clear choice to replace them.
This spring, Travis’ job isn’t to steal a spot from Moreland, or anyone else for that matter. His job is to show that he’s ready for Major League pitching. Now that he’s established that, all he can do is wait for his time. If his spring numbers are any indication of how he’ll perform, the Red Sox should be looking forward to his arrival.