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Travis Shaw

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#1 The Gray Eagle

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:47 PM

Well what do we have here?

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?

#2 smastroyin

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:11 PM

He should be promoted until he can't hit. He's too old already to really worry about screwing him up by advancing him too quickly. If he has a long loopy swing (and it sounds like he does), then he needs to find the wall, hit it, and see if he can climb it as fast as possible. I doubt however that he gets more AB in a Red Sox uniform than say Lars.

#3 Joshv02

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:25 PM

He's started at 3B three or so times in the last two weeks (now about a month since this story). He virtually skipped low A after playing a handful of games after short-season ended in 2011, so there is not really a rush to move him up - especially if he is working with certain coaches on learning how to play 3B effectively. Being a 23 at AA and 24 at AAA is no sin.

#4 The Gray Eagle

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

Shaw promoted to Portland.

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 02 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

Alex Speir interviewed both Travis and his Dad about Travis's approach and career on his Minor Details podcast (part of the WEEI podcast family).

#6 The Gray Eagle

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:00 PM

Shaw's slumping for the last week or so-- 2 for his last 26. His numbers for Portland aren't very good now. Hopefully he'll adjust and get back to raking, like he was when he first came up.

#7 The Gray Eagle

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:03 PM

Shaw bounced back with a decent OBP for the rest of the season, but his slump hurts his overall Portland numbers. He hit .227/353/427 overall in 110 ABs in AA, which isn't too bad really.

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.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:43 PM

Starting the year in AA as a 23-year-old for the entire season, as you said last spring, is actually not a bad progression at all. Given his ability to draw a walk, his power, and the chance that the Red Sox will need first-base depth this season, I wonder if Shaw shouldn't be considered one of the more underrated prospects in the system right now. With the rumors of the Red Sox looking at Mike Carp, a strong spring training might propel Shaw to the doorstep of the major leagues.

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Edited by Plympton91, 18 January 2013 - 11:00 PM.

#9 The Gray Eagle

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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.

#10 The Gray Eagle

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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.

#11 The Gray Eagle

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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.

#12 The Gray Eagle

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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.

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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:

April: .282

May: .170

June: .272

July: .107


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.

#14 MalzoneExpress

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:41 PM

Shaw named AFL payer of the week. Maybe he can resurrect his prospect status.

#15 JakeRae

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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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Posted 18 January 2014 - 10:05 AM

Ranked the 8th best 1st base prospect in the minors.  Not exactly high praise, but the write up is interesting.




8. Travis Shaw, Red Sox: The son of former All-Star reliever Jeff Shaw had a breakthrough 2012 season but struggled in Double-A last year. He got back on track by hitting .361 with five homers in 17 Arizona Fall League games, and he has consistently demonstrated an ability to hit for power and draw walks. If Shaw can curb a tendency to get homer-conscious, which reared its head in 2013, he could hit for a decent average as well.

#17 Montana Fan

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 10:54 AM

SoxProspects has him ranked 42nd in the Sox system. Deep depth indeed. He could climb quickly if he goes back to spraying the ball.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 11:04 AM

Ranked the 8th best 1st base prospect in the minors.  Not exactly high praise, but the write up is interesting.





This speaks more to that lack of legitimate first base prospects in MLB then it does to Shaw's abilities. Obviously, better to be on the list then not, but this doesn't mean a whole lot.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:09 PM

Shaw starts the season in Portland. Hopefully he'll hit like he did in the AFL, not like he did in Portland last year. Though to be fair, he hit 16 homers and had a .342 OBP for the season last year, which isn't great but not terrible. His problem was the long, awful slump he had, which he believes was because he got pull-conscious. He claims his strong Fall numbers were from making an adjustment to stop trying to hit home runs all the time. 


His minor league numbers can be found here.

Edited by The Gray Eagle, 03 April 2014 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 02:11 PM

Shaw's gotten off to a lousy start so far, .125/.282/.125 in 32 at-bats. Still has loads of time to turn it around, but it's not an encouraging start at all.

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