2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Travis Shaw
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Milwaukee Brewers infielder Travis Shaw and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
First, Travis Shaw upped his power on arrival in Milwaukee with a park suited for his swing. Then last season, he added second base to his eligibility as a sweetener for this year’s drafts. It remains to be seen how much Shaw’s average will bounce back, but with back-to-back 30 home run seasons and in the midst of his power prime, he still gets undervalued.
Shaw appeared in 152 games with 73 runs, 32 home runs, 86 RBI, five stolen bases and a .241/.345/.480 slash line in 498 at-bats. His isolated power of .239 accompanied a rise in walk percentage to 13.3-percent and he reduced strikeouts to 18.4-percent of his plate appearances. Especially in the second half, Shaw generated more fly balls upping his season total to 44.5 percent but after the All-Star his hard-hit rate surged to 44.8-percent resulting in 14 home runs within his last 179 at-bats (one every 12.78) with a .257 isolated power.
Over the last two years, Shaw’s accrued 1,037 at-bats with 63 home runs, 187 RBI, 15...