Travis R. Shaw. Signed by Jon Adkins (Red Sox). Hit .307 (75-for-244) with a conference-leading 14 HR and posted a .553 SLG and 51 RBI in 62 games at Kent State University in 2011...Named to the All-MAC First Team in 2011 and Second Team in 2010. His father, Jeff, pitched for 5 teams in parts of 12 ML seasons from 1990-2001: CLE (1990-92), MON (1993-95), CWS (1995), CIN (1996-98), and LAD (1998-2001). Graduated from Washington Sr. High School in 2008...Selected by Boston in the 32nd round of the 2008 June Draft but did not sign.
Hit .270 (61-for-226) with 10 2B and 13 HR in 65 games with the Red Sox in his ML debut...His .487 SLG ranked 2nd among left-handed hitting rookies (min. 200 PA), percentage points behind CHC's Kyle Schwarber (also .487). BOS went 32-23 (.581) in his 55 starts between 1B (50) and 3B (5)...Also appeared once in LF. Played in 56 of the team's 58 games (51 starts) following 5th and final recall on 8/1. Hit all 13 of his ML homers from 8/1 on, posting a .275/.332/.507 line in that span (58-for-211, 10 2B, 13 HR, 36 RBI, 17 BB). His 13 HR ranked T-2nd among MLB rookies from August through the end of the season, 1 shy of MIN's Miguel Sano (14)...Among all left-handed AL batters, only BAL's Chris Davis and BOS' David Ortiz (17) hit more HR after July. Was the 10th Red Sox to reach 13 HR in his 1st ML season, 1st left-handed hitter since Sam Horn in 1987 (14 HR). Hit .329 (27-for-82) with 6 HR against left-handed pitching, including 16-for-42 (.381) from 9/7 on...His 6 HR vs. LHP were the most by any AL rookie who hits left-handed since Carlos Pena in 2002 (8). Led ML left-handed hitters with a 13.7 AB/HR ratio against LHP and ranked 2nd with 5.1 AB/RBI (min. 85 PA)...Led AL left-handed hitters in SLG (.622) and OPS (.975) when facing a LHP (min. 85 PA). Posted a .319/.364/.588 line at home (38-for-80, 5 2B, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 6 BB)...His .588 SLG was the best at Fenway Park by a 1st-year major leaguer (min. 125 PA) since Ted Williams in 1939 (.609). Of his last 9 HR beginning 8/17, 6 tied the game or gave BOS a lead...In that time, the only AL batters with more combined game-tying and go-ahead HR were Josh Donaldson (8), David Ortiz (7), and Miguel Sano (7). Went hitless in first 3 ML stints (0-for-9, BB)...First recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on 5/8, debuted that day at TOR as the starting 1B (0-for-2, BB), and optioned following the game...Returned for 1 more game on 6/15 and entered defensively vs. ATL...Recalled for 3rd stint 2 days later and appeared in 4 games (1 start) before 6/27 option. Recalled for 4th stint on 7/7 vs. MIA and that night recorded 1st ML hits in his 1st career start at Fenway Park, singling in each of his first 3 AB...Went back to Pawtucket on 7/17 and returned to BOS for good on 8/1, taking over as the Sox' primary 1B following the trade of Mike Napoli to Texas on 8/7. Among AL rookies in August, ranked 2nd in SLG (.621) and HR (7), 3rd in AVG (.310), T-3rd in runs (17), T-4th in RBI (16), and 4th in OBP (.365)...Was the 1st Red Sox rookie with at least 7 HR in any month since Brian Daubach in August 1999 (7). Reached base in all 5 PA on 8/1 vs. TB, his 10th ML game (5th start), going 4-for-4, 5 R, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB...Became the 1st Red Sox to score at least 5 runs in a game since Walt Dropo on 6/8/50 vs. STL...His 11 total bases in a game were most by a Red Sox within his first 10 ML appearances since at least 1914. His first 4 ML homers came in a pair of 2-HR games on 8/1 vs. TB and 8/14 vs. SEA, his 18th career game... Became the 1st ever Red Sox player whose first 2 games with a home run were both multi-HR games...Joined George Scott (1966) as the only Red Sox with 2 multi-HR efforts within their first 18 career ML games. Posted 4-hit games on both 8/1 vs. TB and 8/18 vs. CLE, his 22nd career game...Was the 1st Red Sox since at least 1914 to record multiple 4-hit efforts within his first 22 career ML games. His first 6 HR all came within his first 15 ML starts through 8/19. Served as Boston's No. 4 or No. 5 hitter in 37 of his last 38 starts from 8/22 on. Began the year with Pawtucket, seeing time at 3B (43 G), 1B (31 G), and LF (3 G)...Had a .298 AVG (48-for- 161) in his last 43 minor league games beginning 5/20.
Led the Red Sox farm system with 21 HR in 128 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket...Combined to hit .278 (136-for-490) with 29 2B, 2 3B, 21 HR, and 78 RBI in 128 games between the 2 stops...Had an overall .304 AVG and .926 OPS against right-handed pitching...Ranked 3rd in the system in RBI and was 4th in runs scored (78)...Appeared primarily at 1B (110 games)...Also saw time at 3B (12 games)...Began the year with the Sea Dogs, reaching base via hit, walk, or HBP in 40 of 47 games (85%)...Had a season-best 4 hits on 4/18 at New Britain (4-for-4, HR, 4 RBI)...Named organization's best minor league hitter for May (.331, 9-for-118, 8 HR)...Homered in 4 of his last 8 Double-A games before 1st promotion to Triple-A on 5/26...Finished the year with the PawSox...At time of 5/26 promotion, ranked among Eastern League leaders in HR (3rd, 11), BB (3rd, 29), OBP (8th, .406), SLG (6th, .548), and OPS (5th, .954)...From 6/25-7/25, hit .337 (34-for-101) with 10 2B, 6 HR, and 23 RBI for the PawSox...In that stretch, T-2nd in the IL in HR and ranked 4th in XBH (16)...Reached base safely in 24 consecutive games from 7/1-30 (.333, 30-for-90, 14 BB, .419 OBP)...Helped the PawSox to the Governors' Cup title...Appeared in all 9 of the club's playoff games, batting .306 (11-for-36) with 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, and 6 BB...Includes 3-for-4 effort with a HR in the Triple-A Championship Game.
Tied for 3rd in the Red Sox farm system with 16 homers, matching the most on the Sea Dogs...Finished 5th in the Eastern League with a team-high 78 walks...Reached safely via hit, walk, or HBP in 97 of 127 games...Led the Sea Dogs with 111 games at 1B…Also played 4 games at 3B and appeared 12 times as DH...Topped Double-A batters with 23 walks during the month of April...Hit all 16 homers in his last 100 games beginning on 5/7, tied for 7th most in the EL in that time...Notched a pair of season-high 4-hit games on 5/16 at New Hampshire and 8/13 at Altoona...Had season monthly highs with 25 hits, 4 homers, and 16 RBI in June...Clubbed a season-high 2 homers on 7/2 vs. Trenton and reached in all 4 PA (2-for-2, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB)...Reached base safely in his 1st 24 games of the season from 4/4-5/2…In that time hit .259 (22-for-85) with 8 doubles, 10 RBI, 25 walks, and a .429 OBP...Hit a grand slam on 6/30 vs. New Hampshire as part of a season-high 5-RBI effort...Went 3-for-4 with a solo homer as Portland defeated Harrisburg on 7/27 at Fenway Park...Following the season, helped Surprise to the Arizona Fall League championship…Led AFL qualifiers with an average of 12.2 AB/HR, and ranked among AFL leaders in AVG (6th, .361), homers (T-2nd, 5), RBI (3rd, 19), OBP (5th, .452), SLG (2nd, .705), OPS (2nd, 1.157), extra-base hits (5th, 11)...Following the season, named to the AFL's Top Prospects Team...Earned AFL Player of the Week honors for 12/5-11 (.538 AVG, 7-for-13, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB).
Combined to bat .287 (133-for-464) with 44 doubles, 3 triples, 19 homers, 85 RBI, 80 walks, 82 runs, and 12 stolen bases between the Salem Sox and Sea Dogs...Led Red Sox minor leaguers with in doubles and finished among organizational leaders in RBI (2nd) and home runs (T-4th)...Began the year with Salem and placed 3rd among High-A qualifiers with a .957 OPS...Led the CL with a .411 OBP and .545 SLG, while ranking among league leaders in AVG (4th, .305), extra-base hits (T-2nd, 50), RBI (4th, 73), walks (3rd, 59), and AB/HR (3rd, 22.1)...Went a combined 5-for-8 (.625) with the bases loaded, including a grand slam on 5/9 vs. Potomac...Named Batter of the Week in the CL for 5/29-6/3 after going 10-for-25 (.400) with 7 runs and a league-leading 4 homers, 11 RBI, and 24 total bases...Named MVP of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on 6/9 after knocking a 2-run homer...Reached safely via walk or hit in 27 of 31 games for Portland after early-August call-up.
Also ranked among team leaders in games (T-3rd, 57) and hits (T-2nd, 53)...Batted .379 (11-for-29) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...Named the New York-Penn League Batter of the Week for 6/27-7/3 after setting a Spinners single-game record with 10 total bases (4-for-4, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 3 R) on 7/2 at Connecticut...Placed on the DL on 8/1 with a left shoulder strain and returned on 8/12...Transferred to Single-A Greenville on 9/4 with 2 games left in the season.