Position: Third Base

DOB: April 16, 1990

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 230

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Red Sox (December 6, 2016)

Profile: The son of former All-Star pitcher Jeff Shaw, Travis was acquired by Milwaukee along with infielder Mauricio Dubon and pitcher Josh Pennington from Boston in a December 2016 trade that sent reliever Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox. Originally drafted by Boston out of high school in the 32nd round in 2008, Shaw chose to head to college at Kent State, but after three years there, he was drafted again by the Red Sox in the ninth round in 2011 and chose to sign, foregoing his senior season. After starting off with short-season Lowell in 2011, he split 2012 between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, then returned to Portland in 2013. He split 2014 between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket an opened 2015 back at Triple-A before getting called up to the Red Sox in May. He shuffled between Boston and Pawtucket the remainder of the season and spent all of 2016 with the Sox before being dealt to Milwaukee in the offseason. He assumed the starting base role for Milwaukee in 2017 and turned in a huge season as one of the Brewers’ most valuable players, locking down the third base position in Milwaukee.
Big and powerful, Shaw displays a solid hit tool and can drive the ball to all parts of the field, showcasing good raw power. The left-handed slugger displays a patient approach at the plate and isn’t afraid to take a walk when teams aren’t willing to pitch to him.

2011: After signing with the Red Sox following the draft, Shaw made his way to short-season Lowell of the New York-Penn League. In 57 games there, he hit .262 with eight home runs, earning a late promotion to Single-A Greenville where he finished out the season.

2012: That two game stint in Low-A to close out 2011 would prove to be all Shaw needed as he Red Sox promoted him o High-A Salem to start the 2012 season. He made it llok like a wise move, hitting .305 with 31 doubles and 16 home runs in 99 games, earning a spot on the Carolina League All-Star team and a bump up to Double-A Portland, where he played in 31 more games.

2013: Shaw returned to Portland to open up the 2013 campaign but struggled against tougher competition, hitting just .221 in 127 games, but still managing 16 home runs. The Red Sox sent him to the Arizona Fall League following the season and he was impressive over 17 games there, hitting .361 with five home runs for the Surprise Saguaros.

2014: Things clicked for Shaw at the plate in his third season at Portland as he hit .305 with 11 bombs over 47 games before being moved up to Triple-A Pawtucket in late May. In 81 games there, Shaw hit .262 with 21 doubles and ten home runs while driving in 41 runs.

2015: Shaw returned to Pawtucket to start the 2015 season but after 24 games was called up to join the Red Sox. He made his big league debut in Toronto before heading back to Triple-A after just one game. It would be a journey he would make many times in 2015, shuffling between Triple-A and the major leagues. He saw action in 65 games with the Red Sox and hit .270 with 13 home runs.

2016: After playing predominantly first base throughout his minor league career, Shaw took over as the Red Sox starting third baseman in 2016. He handled the move well, appearing in 145 games for Boston and though he posted just a .242 average, he displayed good power, collecting 34 doubles to go along with 16 home runs.

2017: Milwaukee’s Opening Day third baseman, Shaw became one of the key hitters in the middle of the Brewers lineup in 2017. He saw action in 144 games with Milwaukee and hit .273/.349/.513 with 34 doubles and 31 home runs, driving in 101 runs.