Travis Shaw

Red Sox minor league roundup: Travis Shaw steamrolling through playoffs

September 10, 2014 - 10:29 am

The PawSox took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Triple-A International League Governor's Cup Championship Series on Tuesday, claiming a 3-2 victory (box). A brief look at the prospect performances from the game: -- For a stretch in April and May, Travis Shaw was the hottest hitter in the Red Sox organization. He is wrapping up his season in similar fashion. Shaw continued his dominant playoff stretch by going 1-for-3 with an RBI single up the middle and a walk. In four postseason games, he's 6-for-11 with five walks, two doubles and a homer, good for a line of .462/.611/.846. While Shaw doesn't have the enormous power that might characterize a top prospect -- particularly at first base, where the power expectations are immense -- he still shows in stretches an excellent approach that make him a meaningful part of the Sox' first base depth conversation. He stays back on pitches, he's walked at a high rate throughout his career (until, at least, he got to Pawtucket this year -- but his season-ending run suggests that he may be adjusting to Triple-A arsenals), he has the ability to drive the ball with authority to left-center in a fashion that suggests an ability to thrive in an offensive environment like Fenway Park. His performance in the postseason underscores the view of him as a potentially important depth option who stands a good chance of landing on the Sox' 40-man roster this winter. -- Left-hander Edwin Escobar allowed two runs over seven innings, limiting the damage from six hits by walking none and striking out five. In two playoff starts, the 22-year-old has a 1.72 ERA with 12 strikeouts and no walks in 15 2/3 innings. -- Right-hander Heath Hembree had an adventurous save, recording four outs -- with the final two after he'd loaded the bases in the ninth on a pair of hits and a walk. Hembree punched out three, giving the 25-year-old 13 strikeouts (along with seven walks) in 10 2/3 innings with the PawSox this year. -- Outfielder Rusney Castillo went 1-for-4 with a single, a pair of strikeouts and was caught stealing while playing a full nine innings in center for the first time since signing with the Sox. Overall, he's hitting .304/.360/.391 with two walks and four strikeouts in his seven games, with Tuesday marking his first multi-strikeout contest.