Travis Shaw
Travis Shaw
31-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Milwaukee Brewers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Shaw earned the nickname "The Mayor of Ding Dong City" while in Boston, and then validated it in Milwaukee with consecutive 30-homer seasons in 2017 and 2018 before falling on hard times the past two years. While Shaw remains accepting of his walks and an above-average defender at third, the holes in his swing have grown in recent seasons. His Whiff% has jumped from the low-20s to 30% over the past two seasons with the only real change coming from being more aggressive early in counts to try to sabotage pitchers looking to get ahead early with a fastball. When he is making contact, he can still put a charge into a baseball which makes it tough to write him off for 2021. The right platoon situation and right home park could lead to some cheap power production this coming season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#554
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Brewers in February of 2021.
Launches homer against Cubs
3BMilwaukee Brewers
April 14, 2021
Shaw went 2-for-5 with a home run, an additional RBI and an additional run scored in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
ANALYSIS
Shaw scored Jackie Bradley on an RBI single in the first and later launched his third homer of the season in the third inning off Jake Arrieta. The third baseman has hit safely in five of his last six games, tallying two homers, six RBI, four runs scored and two extra-base hits in that stretch.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+52%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+368%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+140%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .451 105 5 0 5 0 .172 .219 .232
Since 2019vs Right .684 400 39 16 41 0 .203 .310 .374
2021vs Left .182 11 0 0 0 0 .000 .182 .000
2021vs Right .852 47 5 3 13 0 .289 .319 .533
2020vs Left .740 43 5 0 3 0 .293 .326 .415
2020vs Right .710 134 12 6 14 0 .218 .299 .412
2019vs Left .260 51 0 0 2 0 .102 .137 .122
2019vs Right .624 219 22 7 14 0 .171 .315 .309
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .607 254 19 7 23 0 .195 .280 .327
Since 2019Away .663 250 25 9 23 0 .198 .304 .359
2021Home .681 34 2 1 6 0 .226 .294 .387
2021Away .813 24 3 2 7 0 .261 .292 .522
2020Home .785 76 6 3 10 0 .265 .329 .456
2020Away .675 100 11 3 7 0 .220 .290 .385
2019Home .494 144 11 3 7 0 .150 .250 .244
2019Away .618 126 11 4 9 0 .165 .317 .301
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Stat Review
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 2019 data (min 400 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
5.6%
 
K Rate
27.8%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.220
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.480
 
OPS
.795
 
wOBA
.347
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.3%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2013
Shaw took a massive step backward in 2019 after posting back-to-back 30-homer campaigns in 2017 and 2018. The third baseman struggled out of the gates, hitting .163 through 40 games before landing on the IL in May with a wrist injury. After he failed to turn things around following his return, Shaw was sent to the minors at the end of June and replaced at second base by Keston Hiura. Shaw never regained hold of a starting job and finished the season with career worsts in just about every category, including average (.157), OPS (.551), home runs (seven), RBI (13) and strikeout rate (33%). The spike in strikeout rate is particularly concerning, as he had an 18.4 K% in 2018 and has a 23.4 K% for his career. He received a one-year, $4 million deal from Toronto and the plan is for him to play close to every day at first base.
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.
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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Starting series opener
3BMilwaukee Brewers
April 12, 2021
Shaw (shin) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.
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Dealing with bruised shin
3BMilwaukee Brewers
Lower Leg
April 11, 2021
Shaw was diagnosed with a bruised shin following Sunday's win over the Cardinals, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Exits as precaution
3BMilwaukee Brewers
Lower Leg
April 11, 2021
Shaw was removed from Sunday's game against the Cardinals as a precaution after fouling a pitch off his right ankle/shin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Singles three times
3BMilwaukee Brewers
April 9, 2021
Shaw went 3-for-4 in Thursday's 3-1 loss to St. Louis.
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Smacks three-run homer
3BMilwaukee Brewers
April 6, 2021
Shaw went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.
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