Travis Shaw and taking the fly ball revolution too far

Travis Shaw was one of the better players in baseball from 2017-18. He put up 7.1 fWAR which made him the 39th most valuable position player over those two seasons, sandwiched between George Springer, Michael Conforto and Buster Posey and Mitch Haniger. His 119 wRC+ again placed him among the top 45 hitters in the game. He was a big part of the Brewers resurgence into a playoff team and was very valuable for them in 2018. He played primarily third base in both seasons, but he logged significant time at second base and saw some action at first as well. Players like this don’t become available too often and if they do they usually come at a significant price. Something had to of gone significantly wrong for Shaw to land on the Blue Jays for just a 1-year $4M deal. By now I am sure you know the story. Shaw’s offense fell apart last season. His wRC+ dropped to 47 and his WAR bottomed out at -0.8.
When looking at what happened to Shaw last season, his struggles were entirely with the bat. Nothing changed on the defensive end; he wasn’t taking his at bats out to the …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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