Ex-Tigers prospect Travis makes case to start for Jays
Acquiring Anthony Gose cost the Tigers a minor leaguer.
That minor leaguer, however, appears close to becoming a major leaguer — and a starter at that.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Devon Travis looks to be the Blue Jays starting second baseman, thanks in part to a strong spring that includes a .400 average and .992 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Travis is 16-for-40, including six doubles.
The Blue Jays currently have Ryan Goins as their starting second baseman on their depth chart, but Travis appears to at least be pushing him.
Detroit sent Travis, 24, to Toronto in a Nov. 13 trade for Gose, who is expected to be the Tigers' primary center fielder. Gose, by the way, also is enjoying a fine spring with a .333 average, a .943 OPS and five stolen bases.
Travis was a 13th-round pick out of Florida State by the Tigers in the 2012 draft, and quickly worked his way through the team's farm system. He ranked as Detroit's No. 2 prospect by Baseball America following the 2013 season in which he hit a combined .351 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs at Single A Lakeland and West Michigan.
He hit .298 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs at Double A Erie last season, and entered this spring as the Blue Jays' No. 5 prospect by Baseball America, and their No. 9 prospect by MLB.com.