Travis Shaw burst onto the scene last season as a 25-year-old rookie and immediately succeeded. Even more so, he’s hit better at the major league level than he ever did in the minors.
In 85 games since being recalled, Shaw has batted .283 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs, putting him on pace for 29 home runs and 95 RBIs in a full 162-game slate of action. For a kid just getting his chops in the pros, that’s more than impressive.
But that’s just the thing: Shaw (kind of) got his chops a long time ago, growing up as the son of a major leaguer. From a young age, Shaw was exposed to the life and routine of an everyday ballplayer, and it’s paying dividends for his career now.
NESN’s Guerin Austin explored that topic briefly on “Red Sox First Pitch,” and manager John Farrell chimed in as well. Check out everything they had to say in the video above.
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