Metcalf playing for the Texas Rangers on August 10, 2008.
|Lancaster Barnstormers – No. 25|
|Born:August 17, 1982|
|May 19, 2007, for the Texas Rangers|
(through 2010 season)
|Runs batted in||35|
Travis A. Metcalf (born August 17, 1982 in Manhattan, Kansas) is a professional baseball player, currently playing for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. He has played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, primarily as a third baseman.
He helped lead the Wamego Red Raider baseball program in Wamego to the Kansas 4A State Championship in 2000, his senior year at Wamego High School. Metcalf holds the career home run record at the University of Kansas with 29 and held the single season record (18) from 2003 to 2009.
Metcalf was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 11th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent two and a half years in Texas' minor league system, playing for the Spokane Indians, Bakersfield Blaze, Frisco Roughriders, and Oklahoma RedHawks, before his contract was purchased by the Rangers on May 18, 2007.
Metcalf is known more for his defensive prowess than his offensive accomplishments. Rangers then-Assistant General Manager Thad Levine said Metcalf "was ready to play in the major leagues" in 2005. His offense rebounded in 2007 and the Rangers at that point felt that Metcalf would be able to adequately fill in for the injured Hank Blalock.
Major league career
Metcalf made his major league debut on May 19, 2007, against the Houston Astros. His first major league hit was a home run off Pirates pitcher, and former teammate at Kansas, Tom Gorzelanny. That August, he drove in four runs in each game of a doubleheader at Baltimore, the first game being a record-setting 30-3 rout.
Back to the minors
Following the Rangers' 2009 spring training camp, Metcalf was returned to the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks. On April 5, Metcalf was designated for assignment. He was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals on April 8.
On August 19, 2009, Metcalf was released by the Kansas City Royals but re-signed with the Texas Rangers and was optioned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City Redhawks just 3 days later.
- Rangers Assign Metcalf to Triple-A Oklahoma Yahoo Sports, March 31, 2009
- Royals claim Metcalf from Rangers