Red Sox sign second-rounder Sam Travis, close to finalizing agreement with first-rounder Michael Kopech

June 16, 2014 - 9:10 am
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According to an industry source, the Red Sox have finalized an agreement with first baseman Sam Travis, the team's second-round selection, for the full slot recommended bonus of $846,000, while the team is also expected to finalize its deal with first-rounder Michael Kopech later today. Travis was a standout in his junior year, hitting .347 with a .415 OBP, .576 slugging mark and 12 homers for Indiana. The 6-foot-0 20-year-old has well above-average raw power from the right side of the plate, as well as an approach that suggests an ability to use it. "Travis is an interesting one because when you go watch him in BP, from a power perspective, he goes into a BP session and can spray the ball around the field but then his last round, he'€™€™ll really let it go," said Red Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye. "He'€™€™s another guy that'€™€™s really going to use the Monster well and then also put some balls onto Lansdowne Street. [Travis and first-rounder Michael Chavis are] both big raw power guys. They both have loft. They both have the ability to backspin a baseball. The most interesting thing is they'€™€™re both really, really strong kids. We'€™€™re excited to get them. They'€™€™re good hitters. We look forward to getting them out in a Red Sox uniform." Travis is expected to begin his career with the Lowell Spinners. News of his finalized deal was first reported by Jim Callis of MLB.com. Kopech's agreement with the Sox was reported last week, pending the completion of his routine physical. The 18-year-old was 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA and two strikeouts an inning as a senior at Mt. Pleasant High in Texas. He regularly sat at 93-95 mph, topping out at 98-99. '€œHe'€™s got a hell of an arm. Special arm. I don'€™t know that I'€™ve ever scouted someone who'€™s had this kind of arm strength,'€ said one evaluator. '€œThis guy can long toss from foul pole to foul pole before the game '€” without a problem, without a crow hop. It'€™s special. It'€™s a special, elite type of arm.'€

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