We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
TRAVIS SHAW – 3B
THE NUMBERS: Shaw appeared in 144 of Milwaukee’s 162 games in 2017, leading the team in runs batted in with 101 and tying for the team lead in home runs with 31. He wound up hitting .273/.349/.513. 66 of his 147 hits went for extra bases and he scored 84 runs, finishing the year with an OPS of .862.
SEASON REVIEW: Acquired from Boston along with pitcher Josh Pennington and infielders Mauricio Dubon and Yeison Coca in a December 2016 trade that sent Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox, Shaw established himself as one of Milwaukee’s most valuable players in 2017, cementing his position as the team’s starting third baseman.
With an ability to hit for both power and average Shaw belted five home runs in April, then put together a terrific month of May, hitting .333 with four more homers. He followed that up by batting .279 with eight home runs in June, then put together his best month of the season, batting .305 with seven home runs in July. He cooled off a bit over the final few weeks of the season, but still finished among the team leaders in multiple offensive categories, while providing solid defense at the hot corner.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Shaw had a lot of big offensive games for the Brewers in 2017, but his most memorable contest came late in the season in a crucial game against the Chicago Cubs. Despite being mired in a slump, Shaw came up clutch for Milwaukee, collecting a third inning single, then belting a game winning, walk-of,f two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Brewers defeated the Cubs by a score of 4-3.
OVERALL GRADE: A-
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: Shaw exceeded expectations that many had for him in 2017, putting together a phenomenal season both at the plate and in the field. Heading into 2018 there should be little doubt that he will be the team’s starting third baseman and should provide a big offensive boost in the heart of Milwaukee’s batting order once again.