Weight: 220 lbs.
High School: Providence Catholic
First Drafted by: Reds, round 40, 2011
Drafted by Red Sox: Round 2, 67th overall
Signed for: $846,800.00
Position: 3B (Most speculation is that he'll move to 1st)
Indiana University Player Page: http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/sam_travis_779957.html
Awards: 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, 2012 Perfect Game Freshmen All American Squad Selection, Big Ten All Freshmen Squad Unanimous Selection, Big Ten Player of the Week on March 26th and April 2nd and Freshman of the Week in both those weeks as well as April 7th. 2013 Second Team All Big Ten, Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, NCAA Bloomington Regional Most Outstanding Player, Big Ten Player of the Week February 18th and April 1st. 2014 Awards not posted yet.
BA Scouting Report:
Travis bloomed late in his high school career, belting 17 home runs to lead his team to a state runner-up berth. The Reds drafted him in the 40th round but he chose to attend Indiana, where he became a three-year starter. All he has done in three years is hit, though he’s also moved down the defensive spectrum from third to first base. A career .333 hitter with 29 home runs for Indiana, not even a broken hamate in his right hand could slow him down while helping the Hoosiers reach the College World Series in 2013. Travis, who also hit .339 with power in the Cape Cod League in 2012, doesn’t profile well as a 6-foot, 220-pound righthanded-hitting first baseman. Travis’ approach stands out, as he walks as much as he strikes out (which isn’t often) and impresses scouts with his line-drive batting-practice approach. He’s strong enough to drive the ball to all fields and has shown pull power, out-homering teammate Kyle Schwarber this season. A team that drafts Travis is buying a bat, though he is a sure-handed but not flashy defender at first and fringe-average runner.
MLB.com scouting video: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/67565098/v32290725/draft-report-sam-travis-college-first-baseman
Here is some video of him hitting for Team USA.
And here's Sam showcasing some of that pull power.
There is a little bit of Kevin Youkilis in that swing.