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Thursday, March 31, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: TRAVIS SHAW 3B BOSTON RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox made a surprising move on Thursday when they named Travis Shaw their starting third baseman over veteran Pablo Sandoval.  Well in actuality maybe the move should not be looked at as a major surprise given the complete disaster that was Sandoval in 2015 in hsi first season with the team and with his continued weight fluctuations.  Shaw meanwhile went out and hit .333 in 19 spring games which included 2 home runs and that built on a surprisingly good debut in 2015 when he came up during the second half of the season to hit 13 more home runs in just 248 at-bats.  Already eligible at first base and the outfield, Shaw becomes a person of interest now that he will be adding third and also for his underrated power. 

Digging in a bit deeper here, Shaw was never considered a top prospect in the Red Sox system but he took full advantage of the oppoprtunity to play during the awful 2015 season by the team.  At the very least, Shaw has shown that he is not overmatched against major league pitching and that means 20-plus home runs is not out of the question.  There are drawbacks here such as a 23 percent K Rate that could make the average a bit iffy and not much of a minor leageu pedigree but with three positions to his name and a chance to take aim at the Green Monster, Shaw should be added in all formats. 

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