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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: SAM TRAVIS 1B BOSTON RED SOX

After a big slump to begin the season, Boston Red Sox 1B Mitch Moreland reeled off three straight games with a home run as May began to turn for home; with the idea that he was now fully comfortable in his new locale after coming over to the East Coast this past winter from Texas.  That is what makes the Red Sox' decision to promote top first base prospect Sam Travis on Tuesday all the more shocking.  Coming into his promotion. the team's former 2014 second-round pick was batting .286 with 4 home runs and 2 stolen bases in 139 at-bats,  Not earth-shattering numbers by any means but Travis has been lauded as a hitter who is advanced beyond his years; highlighted by his ability to draw walks and limit K's.  Moreland is still around however and so at least initially, Travis is likely to only play versus lefties.  That puts a cap on any immediate fantasy baseball upside value for Travis and it honestly makes him more of a story in deeper leagues or AL-only setups.  While Travis has a nice outlook, he is not considered a major thumper and really is more of a potential story for 2018.  

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