Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw is thriving with the Milwaukee Brewers and is one of the reasons the Brewers believe they can return to the lead in the National League Central despite the revival during the second half of the Chicago Cubs.
Shaw is leading Milwaukee with a batting average of .297, 102 hits and 73 RBIs, while his 23 home runs are No. 8 in the National League.
Before Shaw started to play All-Star caliber baseball, he played for the Boston Red Sox after being drafted in 2011 in the ninth round while playing for Kent State.
He was a highly regarded part of the organization’s youth movement that included Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. At least, he had been part of it.
But, his 2016 season with Boston was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride that ended with a crash.
Shaw started the season well beating out veteran Pablo Sandoval to start at third, despite on four years of minor league action. His batting average through early July was .274 and he had knocked in 48 runs.
However, after Boston traded to acquire Aaron Hill everything seemed to immediately change. Shaw ended the season hitting .184 through his last 47 games. By December, he had been traded to Milwaukee.
When he thinks back on the trade he believes it helped to jumpstart his career. He remains a regular fixture in Milwaukee’s lineup, bats against left-handers on more occasions than before and his Red Sox experience taught to keep pushing forward.
Shaw is no longer in Boston but he does stay in touch with Betts, Bradley Jr., David Price, Deven Marrero and Brock Holt nearly every day.
Shaw has long since left the Red Sox hot corner, but the AL East leaders continue to have problems at that position. They called up Rafael Devers their prized prospect from Pawtucket in Triple-A and put him straight into the fire during a heated divisional race.
The Red Sox also traded with San Francisco for Eduardo Nunez who will likely start playing third regularly, but the big question is what will happen to Devers.
Shaw is happy in the new city he is playing in and at this point the Brewers are happy he is. Milwaukee entering play on Friday, were in second place in the NL Central 1 ½ games behind the first place Chicago Cubs, but have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games played, while the Cubs are 8-2.