Devon Travis has emerged as a top prospect in the Detroit Tigers‘ organization.
In his second season as a pro, Travis put up great numbers. Splitting time with the West Michigan Whitecaps and Lakeland Flying Tigers, Travis hit a combined .351 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs. He earned the promotion to Lakeland after posting a .430 on-base percentage and driving in 42 runs in 77 games with West Michigan. The promotion didn’t slow down Travis, though, as his numbers stayed about the same. He hit 10 home runs in 52 games with Lakeland after hitting just six in his 77 games with West Michigan. Travis also only saw his batting average fall only two points, from .352 to .350.
He was named the MiLB Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
Travis also had a solid season in the field, posting a .981 fielding percentage.
After the season, the Tigers sent Travis to the Arizona Fall League. He hit .236 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 72 at-bats while there. The second baseman was just named the second best prospect in the Tigers organization by Baseball America.
With Ian Kinsler holding the second base position for the Tigers currently, Travis will likely be brought along slowly and be allowed to mature in the minors. He is in position to succeed Kinsler at second in the future.
But, if Travis keeps posting the big numbers, the Tigers could be forced to bring Travis up ahead of schedule or he could be used as a trade part. The Tigers have a reputation of trading top prospects and Travis could end up following that course.
Either way, the Tigers find themselves in a good position at second base moving forward.