July 5, 2017
Let’s Talk About Travis Shaw
Travis Shaw wasn’t considered a hot fantasy commodity prior to this season. He was coming off a disappointing 2016, and owners weren’t quite sure what to expect following his move to Milwaukee. Shaw didn’t appear on Baseball Prospectus’ preseason tiered rankings, and he barely snuck in “The Top 300 for 2017.” However, as we approach the All-Star break, Shaw has been one of the most valuable fantasy assets at his position.
According to ESPN’s Player Rater, Shaw has been the second-most valuable third baseman, trailing only Jose Ramirez. He’s providing owners with positive value in every standard category. Surprisingly, that includes stolen bases. He’s already swiped a career high seven bags. When BP released its updated rankings, Shaw was bumped to a three-star option.
Clearly, if you invested in Shaw, you’ve been thrilled with the value he’s provided. What exactly has led to this level of production, and are there reasons to believe Shaw can keep it up? Finally, what are his fantasy prospects regarding future seasons?