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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:47 PM
The son of former big league pitcher Jeff Shaw, Travis Shaw was drafted out of Kent State in the 9th round by the Sox in 2011. (And they also took him in the 32nd round in 2008 but he didn't sign.)
He's a big 6'4" LHH first baseman, born 4/16/1990, so he's in his age 22 season.
In 57 games with Lowell at age 21 in 2011, he hit 262/371/446. (He also got 9 plate appearances with Greenville, and had 3 hits.)
So far in High A ball in 2012, he's at .312/.406/.546, with 12 HRs and 63 RBIs in 81 games.
He's got a nice 45 BB/63 K ratio. He's 8 for 9 in stolen bases, despite being a 6'4" first baseman.
And the best part IMO is his line against lefties: .357/.415/.679 in 84 at-bats this year. Pretty great for a young LHH power hitter.
I haven't seen much hype about this guy, but he seems pretty promising.
Here's his scouting report from Sox Prospects:
Scouting Report: Left-handed corner infielder, with filled out frame. Not overly athletic. Displays strong plate discipline and advanced approach. Sweet spot for pitches down and in due to upward swing path. Average batspeed. Needs improvement covering outer third. Can be long with his swing, but stays back to hit inside of the ball. Gap-to-gap hitter. Solid-average power potential. Strong pull power into right-centerfield gap. Plays both third and first base defensively. Not enough range and quickness to play third. Learning how to play first base. Shows skills to handle position, but feet are on the slow side. Hands are not overly soft. Son of former major league pitcher Jeff Shaw. Previously drafted in the 32nd round in 2008 by the Red Sox, but elected to attend Kent State instead. Excellent work ethic and makeup. Student of the game. Batspeed will be tested in upper levels. Ceiling of an average regular on a second division team.
Some nice Advanced numbers too:
.426 wOBA and a .234 ISO.
I love that he's wrecking lefties and even stealing bases. Might he be boosted up to Portland this year?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:11 PM
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:44 PM
Interesting story on how his dad gets a little frustrated because he walks so much.
He's at .305/.411/.545 on the season, so it's a well-earned promotion. Still has an OPS over 1.000 against lefties, and now at 16 HRs and 73 RBIs on the year.
He'll probably be playing mostly first base at Portland, but I hope he keeps playing some third too.
Edited by The Gray Eagle, 06 August 2012 - 12:57 PM.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:03 PM
He turns 23 in April. He'll probably start the season in AA again. His combined numbers at both levels are good: 287/397/517, but obviously most of the mashing was done in A ball.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:43 PM
A fluff NESN video from November
Edited by Plympton91, 18 January 2013 - 11:00 PM.
Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:54 PM
After 10 games, Shaw is hitting .297, with 6 doubles and 9 walks. He's got a .435 OBP and is slugging .459.
His 23rd birthday was yesterday.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:09 AM
Shaw played third base last night.
From the minor league roundup 5/7 post: "Reading wasted no time in testing Shaw at third base; Albert Cartwright bunted the game's first pitch but Shaw charged, gloved the
ball and made a strong throw to first. "It felt good to get the first one out of the way," said Shaw, who played third base at Kent State but only once at the position for the Sea Dogs last season."
I like that he is playing third, hopefully he will play more there and show that he can field the position competently. If he could cover both corner spots, that makes him a more valuable player and could help him get to the big leagues faster.
He also hit his first HR of the season last night. On the year, he's at .250/.406/.360 in 100 at-bats. Sweet OBP, but really low slugging, so it's good to see the HR finally come. He'd gone 2 for his last 21 before last night, but now has hits in 3 straight games, so hopefully the slump is over.
Posted 01 June 2013 - 01:32 PM
Shaw is really struggling, going 3 for his last 34, dropping his season line all the way down to .219/.355/.343. He's 0 for his last 10 with 5 whiffs in that stretch. Yikes. He's still walking a lot on the season but lately he hasn't been, as he has fanned 12 times since his last walk.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:22 PM
Shaw bottomed out on June 13, with another o-fer, making him 0 for his last 15. Since then, he's gone 8 for 19 with 3 doubles and an HR. For the year, his numbers are still bad: .227/.350/.349. But looks like that big slump is finally over.
He also hasn't walked in his last 8 games, so I'm thinking maybe his hot streak was a reaction to pitchers easily getting ahead of him in the count. Maybe the pitchers adjusted to his patient approach, and now he's adjusting back?
Edited by The Gray Eagle, 19 June 2013 - 12:27 PM.
Posted 24 July 2013 - 12:39 PM
Shaw has gotten even worse lately: 3 for his last 32, dropping his season numbers down to .215/.338/.374 in 326 plate appearances.
His BA by month this year:
6 for 56 in July, just horrific. As a 23-year-old first baseman in AA, those numbers are putting his career in serious jeopardy. I kind of hope he's been playing through injury, so that there would be a chance that he could bounce back.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:31 PM
Shaw named AFL payer of the week. Maybe he can resurrect his prospect status.
From that article:
Shaw has made significant strides with the Saguaros. In Week 5, he had a league-leading .538 batting average, .667 on-base percentage and .923 OPS with 12 total bases. Shaw had two doubles, one home run, two RBIs, five walks and five runs scored.
MLB needs to work on its editing.
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