Travis Shaw
Travis Shaw
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.68 million contract with the Brewers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
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December 2, 2019
Shaw was non-tendered by the Brewers on Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
This is a surprising move by Milwaukee, despite the fact that Shaw slashed .157/.281/.270 with seven home runs and 16 RBI over 86 games a season ago. There's a good chance someone will take a flier on Shaw, considering he belted 32 home runs in 2018.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .627 339 28 7 36 5 .211 .282 .345
Since 2017vs Right .841 1124 151 63 167 10 .248 .351 .491
2019vs Left .260 51 0 0 2 0 .102 .137 .122
2019vs Right .624 219 22 7 14 0 .171 .315 .309
2018vs Left .599 133 11 2 12 2 .209 .303 .296
2018vs Right .892 454 62 30 74 3 .251 .357 .535
2017vs Left .776 155 17 5 22 3 .250 .312 .464
2017vs Right .892 451 67 26 79 7 .281 .361 .530
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
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OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .760 737 89 32 100 9 .236 .327 .433
Since 2017Away .822 726 90 38 103 6 .243 .343 .479
2019Home .494 144 11 3 7 0 .150 .250 .244
2019Away .618 126 11 4 9 0 .165 .317 .301
2018Home .865 284 37 16 45 4 .253 .363 .502
2018Away .788 303 36 16 41 1 .230 .328 .460
2017Home .790 309 41 13 48 5 .261 .330 .460
2017Away .937 297 43 18 53 5 .286 .368 .569
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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.
    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.
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Exit Velocity
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Travis Shaw
Games Played By Position: 2020 Eligibility Notes
53 days ago
Clay Link looks at appearances by position and makes note of multi-position eligibility and lost eligibility for 2020.
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68 days ago
Erik Halterman looks at the season's biggest risers and fallers in his farewell column. Few players outperformed their ADP as much as Kansas City's Jorge Soler this year.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
98 days ago
As we await expanded rosters, Jan Levine looks at the latest available NL candidates while mentioning a few who could stick for the rest of the regular season.
Farm Futures: September Callup Candidates
115 days ago
James Anderson profiles every potentially relevant September callup, including Kyle Tucker, who has been worse in a repeat tour of the Pacific Coast League.
Regan's Rumblings: Value Trending Up
124 days ago
Dave Regan points out 10 players across the league whom we can expect to have increased fantasy value for the rest of the season, like Texas’ Willie Calhoun.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Makes wild-card squad
3BMilwaukee Brewers  
October 1, 2019
Shaw is on the Brewers' roster for Tuesday's National League Wild Card Game in Washington.
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Hits pinch-hit homer
3BMilwaukee Brewers  
September 17, 2019
Shaw hit a pinch-hit home run in Monday's victory over the Padres.
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Sitting out Monday
3BMilwaukee Brewers  
September 2, 2019
Shaw is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Astros.
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Returning to majors
3BMilwaukee Brewers  
August 30, 2019
Shaw will be recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday, Robert Murray of The AthleticH reports.
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Heads back to Triple-A
3BMilwaukee Brewers  
August 9, 2019
Shaw was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio prior to Friday's game against the Rangers.
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