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Boston Red Sox Call Up Top First Base Prospect Sam Travis From Pawtucket



Boston Red Sox Call Up Top First Base Prospect Sam Travis From The AAA- Pawtucket Red Sox And Demote Starting Pitcher Hector Velazquez

With the Boston Red Sox struggling and in need of a back-up first basemen the club has called up one of their top prospects Sam Travis from AAA-Pawtucket. The corresponding move is the optioning of starting pitcher Hector Valazquez who struggled in the lone start he received last Thursday against the Oakland Athletics.

The move for Travis makes complete sense with starting first baseman Mitch Moreland being overused so far this season due to the fact that Hanley Ramirez is still unable to play first base due to his lingering shoulder injury. Moreland has played in 42 of 43  games for Boston, and in 176 plate appearances has a serviceable .250 /.352/.454 slash line and 5 home runs driving in 21 runners. Moreland is in the top 5 of many of the important hitting categories for Boston and even leads the team with 16 doubles. But it is important he is able to get some rest and maybe a player like Travis can provide a spark and show the franchise if he is capable of being their future first basemen.

Sam Travis is 23 years old and in 33 games for the he has a .286 batting average paired with 14 RBI’s and 4 home runs.Travis only has 70 games played at the AAA level, has accelerated through system quickly since 2014 when he entered the Boston Red Sox organization.

A major league scout has called Travis the “Next Paul Goldschmidt“, and he has shown an incredible amount of potential in Spring Training for Boston. One of Travis’s big assets is his short and compact swing that allows him to hit for contact to all parts of the ballpark. He also has the nack to have a smart eye and works the count well and understands what a pitcher could throw next, it is that reason that has helped him progress so quickly in the Red Sox system. Travis may not be a big power hitter, but his power is serviceable to the point where I would compare his potential home run numbers to former Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis.

Defensively he has a surprisingly strong arm for a first basemen but is a below-average runner and is best suited to play first. In addition to having a strong arm Travis is confident in picking ballls out of the dirt and is considered a good first basemen. Many are projecting Travis to be a starting first basemen in the major leagues as long as his bat is able to hold up, but in his short time hitting in Spring Training, he showed the ability to hit Major League pitchers and in theory could be the starting first basemen for the Boston Red Sox starting next season given the one year deal that Moreland is on.

Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski said only a few weeks ago that he sees Sam Travis as their first baseman of the future. The only thing that is of question right now is if this call-up is long-term, which is unlikely as one would expect Travis to be optioned back to Pawtucket once David Price or Pablo Sandoval returns. But if Travis is able to explode like he has in Spring Training, you might find it awfully difficult to demote a player that brought spark to a seemingly lifeless ballclub.

Moreland may have had three homeruns against Oakland, but that was the only hits he recorded in that four-game set. Even with Moreland being one of the more consistent hitters so far this season, his job is not safe because doing what he has done isn’t something out of the ordinary for a first basemen. Sam Travis may only be up in Boston for a few days, but he truly has an opportunity to tell the franchise who he really is, and in Boston we like overlooked underdogs who have had something to prove their entire careers. At 6 feet 205, Travis is just that, only time will tell if he pans out, but my money is on him being a star in the Boston spotlight.


Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence



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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Carson Smith Had Something Extra In His Rehab Appearence With PawSox

Carson Smith made his 6th rehab appearance at AAA Pawtucket on Wednesday nights as the Paw Sox went on to win 5-3 over the Buffalo Bisons. During his appearance tonight, he looked like he had a little extra on his fastball as it topped out at 92 mph.

This is Smiths’ first appearance with only one day of rest since he underwent tommy john surgery last year. During his rehab stint, the Boston Red Sox were having him make a rehab appearance every third day.

In his last appearance on Monday night, he went 1 inning, while striking out 2 on 14 pitches (8 strikes). His fastball topped out at 91 mph.

Smith Tonight

Carson Smith seemed to have something a little extra on his fastball tonight as it topped out at 92 mph. In 2015 when Smith a dominate reliever for the Seattle Mariners, his fastball averaged 93.5 mph according to fangraphs.

His final pitching line tonight over his one inning was 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 1 strikeout on 10 pitches (7 strikes). Six of his pitches were fastball, four were sliders. The one hit he gave up was a lead off double to Rowdy Tellez on an 88 mph fastball. It was the 2nd pitch of the AB. Tellez was then picked off 2nd base by Paw Sox catcher Jake Romanski.

The first out he recorded himself of the inning was a strikeout of Danny Jansen. It came on an 84 mph slider. The final out of the inning came on a ground out to shortstop by Jason Lebleijian.

Smith Going Forward

For Carson Smith to realistically be an option out of the Red Sox bullpen come September, he is going to need to be able to pitch on consecutive nights. Having Smith pitch tonight on only 1 day of rest shows that the team is trying to get him ready to pitch at the major league level.

With the struggles of Matt Barnes, who is now on the disabled list, having Smith as an option out of the Boston Red Sox bullpen is huge. The Red Sox need another option out of the bullpen on any given night going into September and October. Having Smith pitch on one day of rest compared to two, is a start for him on his way to being a part of the Boston Red Sox bullpen.

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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis



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Boston Red Sox Have Acquired Speedster Rajai Davis From Oakland

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis.

Evan Drellich of CSNNE was the first with the news with Drellich crediting the A’s extra inning affair with Baltimore Orioles being the reason for the hold-up.

Minor League Outfielder In Exchange For Davis

In exchange for Davis, the Boston Red Sox will send minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones back to Oakland according to the official release by the team.

Rincones is a 19-year-old prospect that has been playing for the Red Sox affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He has a .264 career batting average with 2 home runs and 39 RBIs. Rincones was undrafted and signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in August of 2015.

Rumblings Started Early In The Afternoon With A Pawtucket Red Sox Infielder Being DFA’d

In the afternoon on Wednesday, the first rumblings of a waiver trade were made after a report by Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe. In order to acquire Davis, Boston first had to clear a roster spot.

To add Rajai Davis to the 40 man roster, the Red Sox designated Steve Selsky for assignment. Selsky played in 8 games for the Red Sox this season, where he had 1 hit in 9 at-bats. Since being sent to AAA Pawtucket on April 28th, Selsky has struggled. In 79 games, Selsky hit .215 with 11 home runs, and 39 RBI’s.

Seslky left McCoy Stadium shortly after it was announced he was the DFA. He did not leave the park with any of his belongings and is expected to rejoin the PawSox tomorrow.

What Davis Brings To The Table For The Boston Red Sox

In terms of Davis, he provides outfield depth with the injury to Jackie Bradley Jr., and he provides some much-needed speed to the Boston Red Sox.

Davis is 36-years-old and the Norwich, Connecticut native should sound very familiar to Boston Red Sox fans. Davis has 10 years of American League experience including three seasons with AL East rival Toronto. What he brings to Boston is speed.

Davis has stolen 30+ bases in a season a total of 7 times in his career and he is on pace to do it once more this year. For the Oakland Athletics this season he has stolen 26 bases. As a whole, he is .233 on the season in 300 at-bats. Production at the plate isn’t why the Red Sox acquired him though.

Davis instantly becomes the best base stealer on the team. His 26 stolen bads are 8 higher than the highest on the Red Sox. Mookie Betts has 18, Andrew Benintendi 15, and Xander Bogaerts 11. Every other player on the team is sub-10. Come October, the need for speed on the bases and the ability to insert a legit pinch runner is immense.

Think Quienten Berry (2013) and Dave Roberts (2004). That is what Davis is expected to bring to the table.

In terms of placement, he can play center field till the return of Jackie Bradley Jr. Davis in 2017 has played 79 games in center for Oakland with a .987 fielding percentage in 572 innings logged.

What To Expect Going Forward

One would assume that Boston will use Davis in the field with Bradley being placed on the 10-day-dl with a sprained left thumb. Davis can also play left or right field until Bradley returns, Davis will likely serve as the fourth outfielder.

Once Bradley returns, Davis will likely be used almost exclusively as a pinch runner late in games. A role that will be crucial to October baseball success.

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night



Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night At McCoy Stadium

The biggest headline in sports today is the trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. For the Pawtucket Red Sox, they saw this move as an opportunity.

On Thursday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Kyrie Irving night.

Here are some the highlights of the night at McCoy.

  • Any fan wearing the color green or Celtics apparel will receive free general admission to the 7:05 game.
  • There will be a grand price revolving around Irving’s new number 11
  • PawSox store to have Celtics themed apparel.
  • Pregame dunk tank with Cleveland Cavaliers fan in tank wearing LeBron James jersey
  • Double the admission price for any fans by the name of LeBron, Draymond, Steph, Lonzo, or Kevin Love/Durant.

For the full info from the team check out the tweet by Mike Monaco below.

Kudos to the PawSox for capitalizing on a golden opportunity.

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