Travis Ishikawa
Travis Ishikawa
35-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Giants in June of 2016.
1BSan Francisco Giants  
June 9, 2016
Ishikawa signed a minor league deal with the Giants, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
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Ishikawa was recently released by the White Sox after slashing just .201/.277/.344 at the Triple-A level and will now try to get a fresh start with the Giants, although there is a good chance he will simply serve as organizational depth.
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Who cares how bad his 2014 season was – the walk-off home run to propel the Giants into the World Series is a moment nobody can take from him. In short, this is a Quad-A player who cannot hit lefties and is a horrible defensive player. He owns an overall slash line of .256/.320/.390 in the big leagues and has struck out 24 percent of the time. He can stick on a second-division major league roster and get time against righties at first base or left field, but that is his upside. He is free-agent fodder, and fantasy owners should not let the postseason heroics inflate his stock.
Ishikawa did not play in the majors in 2011, but he put himself back on the map by excelling in a part-time role with the Brewers in 2012. Ishikawa does not possess much power, but he has a good glove at first base and knows how to work an at-bat off the bench. He will attempt to secure a roster spot with the Orioles during spring training after signing a minor league deal in December.
Ishikawa finished 2010 with just three homers and a .712 OPS over 158 at-bats, getting the majority of his playing time as a defensive replacement. He's absolutely useless against left-handed pitching, but his defense at first base is Gold Glove caliber. Ishikawa could enter 2011 with the same role, although that may change as soon as prospect Brandon Belt proves he's ready.
Ishikawa failed in his bid to secure the Giants’ first-base job last season, hitting just .261/.329/.387 with only nine homers. He’s one of the best defensive first basemen in baseball, but his bat is nowhere near potent enough for a corner infielder. Ishikawa is worthless against southpaws, and he’s one of the worst breaking ball hitters in the league. He’s no longer viewed a possible long-term option within the organization, so a bench role is the best he can expect in 2010.
Despite posting a subpar .768 OPS during his 95 at-bats last season with the Giants, the team has tentatively penciled him in as the starting first baseman for 2009. He’s a solid defender but lacks the power needed at a corner infield position. John Bowker, and especially Nate Schierholtz deserve a chance to compete for the job, and there’s also the possibility of San Francisco bringing in someone else via trade. Ishikawa’s upside is very limited.
Ishikawa is a fine defender but doesn't possess the bat necessary to be a major league first baseman. He struggled mightily in Double-A last year (.587 OPS) and doesn't figure to be in San Francisco's long-term plans.
Ishikawa is a fine defender but doesn't possess the bat necessary to be a major league first basemen. He had an .820 OPS in limited action in the majors last year but hit just .232/.316/.403 in 298 Double-A at-bats and really struggled in the AFL. He's set to open the year in the minors again this year.
Don't get too excited, as the standards for a Cal League first baseman are pretty high. Ishikawa's ace in the hole is an excellent glove that will help him advance. Good reserve fodder.
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1BFree Agent  
May 24, 2016
Ishikawa was released by the White Sox Tuesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
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1BChicago White Sox  
April 3, 2016
The White Sox reassigned Ishikawa to minor league camp Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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1BChicago White Sox  
April 2, 2016
Jerry Sands beat out Ishikawa for the White Sox's final roster spot, the Daily Herald reports.
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1BChicago White Sox  
March 28, 2016
Ishikawa is in contention for the White Sox's final roster spot, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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1BChicago White Sox  
March 17, 2016
Ishikawa could make the White Sox's roster as the team's backup first baseman, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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