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RedSoxtober
05-24-2017, 09:54 AM
The Red Sox’ most advanced hitting prospect has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. He’s expected to make his first big league start at first base tonight against lefty Martin Perez.

“There’s some momentum with Travis,” Sox manager John Farrell said before last night’s 11-6 win against Texas. “The fact is we’re probably looking at four left-handed starters over these next four series. Felt like this was an opportunity to add another right-handed bat.”

Travis is strictly a first baseman, but he’s right-handed and could bring some balance alongside lefty Mitch Moreland, who’s one of only three Red Sox with an OPS better than .800 this season. He’s going to continue to play against right-handed starters.

Against lefties, though, Travis should receive an opportunity.

The 23-year-old former second-round pick was hitting .414 with a 1.209 OPS against lefties in Triple A. Both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline ranked him the Red Sox’ third-best minor league prospect heading into this season, and he was the highest-ranking Triple-A player on either list.

“They’ll work him in somehow,” an opposing scout said. “Good hitter and may wake up a few of the other guys.”

In the month of May, Travis has slugged .561 with three home runs, two of which have come in his past five games. He’s a hot hand for a team in need of some heat. The Red Sox’ four home runs against lefties are the fewest in baseball this season.Boston Herald

RedSoxtober
05-24-2017, 10:01 AM
It's a little difficult to know exactly what this means. I suspect that it implies that Hanley is much worse off than the club has been willing to admit publicly. HanRam's 109 OPS+ (113 RC+) is pretty much crap for a full time DH and his inability to get in the field due to his shoulder is a big time problem (not so much the fielding aspect but I believe it points to the depth of the issue).