Red Sox prospect Sam Travis makes Major League debut

Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tie-breaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 9-4, for their third straight victory. Moreland is in the top 5 of numerous important hitting categories for Boston and even leads the team with 16 doubles.

"It's a surreal feeling", said Travis.

At Triple-A Pawtucket, Travis hit.286/.353/.452 with four home runs, 14 RBI's and a pair of stolen bases in 139 plate appearances (33 games) this season.

Travis recently was rated as the Red Sox's fourth-best prospect and the No. 98 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law. They have a.718 OPS against lefties, including.629 against left-handed starting pitchers.

Travis, 23, looked like he was on track to make his major-league debut last season, but an ACL tear squashed that idea.

The over is a worth a look here with the way both teams are hitting the baseball, as crooked numbers seem to happening on both sides nightly. Travis is no ordinary first basemen in the Red Sox farm system.

Travis was ranked in the top 10 first basemen prospects by MLB Pipeline.

After a cold spell to begin the season, Boston is averaging a league-high 5.7 runs per game in May.

The former Hoosier led IN to their first College World Series appearance ever back IN 2013. Travis was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament and was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. Sam Travis is following in the footsteps of his once former teammate and now Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber. It took less than two months for the team to scrap that plan and call up Travis, which could be an indication that the front office is feeling the pressure of a lackluster season that puts everyone on the hot seat.

Appearing on the NESN pregame show with Tom Caron, Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski revealed how he, his two assistant general managers, Eddie Romero and Brian O'Halloran, manager John Farrell, and the team's chief analytics guy, Zack Scott, spent their off day. "Not what we envisioned when the roster was constructed, at least with Hanley's ability to go up there, but that's not taking place".

"It actually worked out that I had someone to talk to about it like him, and it was great to see what he did in the World Series", said Travis. I loved playing with him. "But after the first inning I was good to go and was able to focus on what I could control, and that's trying to win the game".

  • Julie Sanders