Travis Shaw
Travis Shaw
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Shaw set a new career high in home runs last season, but his numbers in the other four standard fantasy categories all took a dip. The main culprit was his struggles against left-handers, as he posted just a .599 OPS against lefties after putting up a .776 mark the year before. Shaw opened last year at the hot corner and is generally considered a third baseman, but he frequently played second base following the team's acquisition of Mike Moustakas, and will qualify there in nearly every league in 2019. His 32 home runs ranked sixth among third baseman, but would have ranked second, behind only Javier Baez, among second baseman. It remains to be seen where he will line up in 2019 -- he could again play both positions -- but he will still find himself playing nearly every day for the Brewers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.68 million contract with the Brewers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Heating up at Triple-A level
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
July 13, 2019
Shaw is 7-for-16 with four home runs, eight RBI and a 3:2 BB:K over his last five games with Triple-A San Antonio.
Shaw was sent down in late June after posting just a .568 OPS over 57 big-league games, and it appears he may be finally getting things going at the plate. He will likely need an extended run of quality at-bats before the Brewers consider calling him up again, but even then the club could opt to wait until September if Mike Moustakas and Keston Hiura keep getting the job done offensively.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .633 331 28 7 35 5 .212 .283 .350
Since 2017vs Right .856 1074 147 62 165 10 .254 .353 .503
2019vs Left .235 43 0 0 1 0 .095 .116 .119
2019vs Right .660 169 18 6 12 0 .184 .320 .340
2018vs Left .599 133 11 2 12 2 .209 .303 .296
2018vs Right .892 454 62 30 74 3 .251 .357 .535
2017vs Left .776 155 17 5 22 3 .250 .312 .464
2017vs Right .892 451 67 26 79 7 .281 .361 .530
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .765 718 87 31 99 9 .239 .329 .436
Since 2017Away .842 687 88 38 101 6 .249 .345 .497
2019Home .482 125 9 2 6 0 .153 .248 .234
2019Away .697 87 9 4 7 0 .181 .322 .375
2018Home .865 284 37 16 45 4 .253 .363 .502
2018Away .788 303 36 16 41 1 .230 .328 .460
2017Home .790 309 41 13 48 5 .261 .330 .460
2017Away .937 297 43 18 53 5 .286 .368 .569
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How does Travis Shaw compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Red Sox decided Shaw was expendable last offseason with Pablo Sandoval in tow and Rafael Devers on the way, and their decision to part with him via trade gave the Brewers both their everyday third baseman and cleanup hitter. Questions about Shaw’s ability to hit left-handed pitching also factored into his departure, but the .776 OPS he posted against southpaws last year was plenty acceptable. His .892 OPS against right-handers speaks for itself, as do his 31 home runs and 101 RBI, which both ranked top-10 in the National League. As long as Shaw can continue finding success against southpaws he will find himself in almost exactly the same role he was in last year. That should lead to another strong season in the power categories, and thanks to manager Craig Counsell’s tendency to run, he should again chip in in the stolen-base department as well.
Shaw impressed with his performance at the tail end of the 2015 season, and after he put up a strong showing in spring training, he usurped Pablo Sandoval for the starting job at third base. Shaw rewarded the Boston brass for this decision immediately, as he slashed .302/.362/.527 with seven home runs and 35 runs batted in over the first two months of the season. Things went south quickly from there, as the whiffs continued to pile up and the hits refused to fall, bringing his season batting average down to .242 while hitting just nine more home runs over the rest of the season. The flash of excellence Shaw displayed should warrant some intrigue from fantasy owners on draft day, although the struggles are also hard to ignore, which led the Red Sox to trade him to the Brewers. This change in scenery could bode well for Shaw, though, as he's expected to be a near-everyday third baseman with home games in an extremely hitter-friendly environment.
Shaw made a few trips to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket, eventually sticking with the team after the Red Sox unloaded Mike Napoli at the trade deadline. With no obvious replacement for Napoli on the major league roster, Shaw got ample playing time during the final two months and thrived. He showed some good pop with a decent .261 career average in the minors, but his production at the major league level was a surprise. It could be a case where a relative unknown – Shaw was a ninth-round pick in 2011 – has initial success before the league figures him out. There’s not a clear path to at-bats, as the first base job isn’t open for Shaw in 2016. Hanley Ramirez will be trained to play there, so Shaw’s versatility (he’s played 1B, 3B and LF) will be his ticket to head north with Boston.
Shaw, a ninth-round pick in 2011, struggled to hit for average during his first tour at Double-A Portland in 2013 (.221), but did manage to slug 16 homers while walking 14.7% of the time. Commitment to his approach paid off, as Shaw exploded for a .305/.406/.548 line and 11 homers in just 47 games with Portland to begin 2014, earning a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket less than two months into the season. Upon joining Pawtucket, Shaw saw his walk rate dip by more than five percent (from 13.9% to 8.1%) and his ISO fall by more than 70 points (from .243 to .169), but he still finished with 29 doubles, 21 homers and 78 RBI for the season. The Red Sox added Shaw to their 40-man roster in November, which may prove to be precursor to him earning a utility role at some point in 2015, but it remains to be seen if he'll be the successor to Mike Napoli at first base in 2016.
Shaw, a ninth-round draft pick in 2011, showed some good promise in his first full season in the Red Sox organization. He has an advanced approach at the plate and feasted on the lower-lever pitchers in High-A Carolina League, bashing 16 homers and hitting .305 for Salem. That earned him a promotion to Double-A Portland, where the pitchers are better. He was challenged there and will continue to be as he advances through the system. His swing has some holes and will need to improve his contact rate against pitches in all hitting zones. He's not an overly athletic player and grades as average defensively at first base. He's a baseball guy with a good work ethic, meaning Shaw has the drive to maximize his abilities. He'll open the 2013 season at Double-A Portland.
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Sent to minors
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June 28, 2019
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Optioned to Triple-A
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June 27, 2019
Shaw will be optioned to Triple-A San Antonio, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting again Wednesday
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June 26, 2019
Shaw is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.
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Heads to bench
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June 25, 2019
Shaw is not starting Tuesday against Seattle.
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Goes yard in win
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June 23, 2019
Shaw went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Reds on Sunday.
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