Travis Shaw
Travis Shaw
28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Milwaukee Brewers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Brewers in March of 2018.
In Wednesday's lineup
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September 19, 2018
Shaw (knee) will man second base and bat cleanup against the Reds on Wednesday.
Shaw won't require any additional time off after exiting Tuesday's game due to a knee injury. He was struck in the right knee by a pitch in the third inning and ultimately left before the top of the fourth frame after initially remaining in the contest. Dating back to the start of the month, Shaw is hitting just .152/.396/.333 with two home runs and three RBI in 15 games.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .661 397 40 10 53 6 .218 .286 .375
Since 2016vs Right .849 1289 175 66 199 12 .263 .348 .502
2018vs Left .574 127 10 1 12 1 .209 .302 .273
2018vs Right .892 423 58 28 68 2 .249 .355 .538
2017vs Left .776 155 17 5 22 3 .250 .312 .464
2017vs Right .892 451 67 26 79 7 .281 .361 .530
2016vs Left .599 115 13 4 19 2 .187 .235 .364
2016vs Right .762 415 50 12 52 3 .257 .325 .437
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Since 2016Home .816 851 108 35 128 11 .262 .342 .474
Since 2016Away .793 835 107 41 123 7 .243 .324 .469
2018Home .868 271 35 15 44 2 .253 .365 .502
2018Away .771 279 33 14 35 1 .227 .320 .450
2017Home .790 309 41 13 48 5 .261 .330 .460
2017Away .937 297 43 18 53 5 .286 .368 .569
2016Home .796 271 32 7 36 4 .272 .332 .463
2016Away .654 259 31 9 35 1 .209 .278 .376
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Exits after HBP
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September 18, 2018
Shaw left Tuesday's game against the Reds after being hit by a pitch in the right knee, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Out against lefty
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September 10, 2018
Shaw will sit against southpaw Jon Lester and the Cubs on Monday.
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Gets day off Sunday
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September 9, 2018
Shaw is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against San Francisco.
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Goes deep Saturday
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September 8, 2018
Shaw went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Giants.
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Sits against southpaw
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September 5, 2018
Shaw is not in the lineup against left-hander Jose Quintana and the Cubs on Wednesday.
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