Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 11/30/12
Travis Mattair came into the 2012 season as a relative unknown prospect who the Reds plucked up in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft from the Phillies the previous offseason. A former 2nd rounder, he took off the 2010 season to play college basketball before returning for the 2011 baseball season. Things got off to a rocky start in April for Mattair. He played in 18 games for the Bakersfield Blaze and racked up 59 at bats where he struck out 19 times and had 6 walks while hitting .136/.209/.390. He smacked five home runs during the month, meaning that the other 37 times he put the ball in play, he only recorded a hit 3 times. That is a BABIP of .081 for the month. That may be the worst luck I can recall seeing. Things turned around for the better in May. The third baseman stepped to the plate 116 times for the month. He walked 15 times and struck out 28 times while hitting .277/.371/.455 with 10 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He really caught fire from the 19th through th...
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