Andrew Rodriguez: What are your thoughts about being drafted by the Red Sox?
Travis Shaw: I love that I got drafted by the Red Sox. I feel that this is one of the most prestigious organizations and I’m really excited to be a part of it and all the history of this club.
Andrew Rodriguez: What baseball players did you admire as a kid?
Travis Shaw: As a kid I always admired Chipper Jones, and lately Evan Longoria. I loved the way Chipper played the game and I just really enjoyed watching those two players the most.
Andrew Rodriguez: What was your favorite baseball team growing up?
Travis Shaw: Growing up I was always a Dodgers fan.
Andrew Rodriguez: What would you say your best skill is on the baseball field?
Travis Shaw: I would have to say my best skill would be my power and discipline as a hitter. I feel that I am very disciplined at the plate and I can hit for power.
Andrew Rodriguez: How did going to Kent State help you improve as a player?
Travis Shaw: It helped my sharpen my skills all over the field. I feel that I have made huge strides when it comes to playing defense, since arriving at Kent State. Also, the coaches there ran a professional style team which I believe will help suit me at the next level.
Andrew Rodriguez: You were drafted by the Red Sox in 2008 but you decided to go to Kent State instead. What made you make that decision?
Travis Shaw: I was really excited when I got drafted out of high school, but when it came down to it I wasn’t mentally or physically ready for the grind that professional baseball creates. Having attended school, I feel, has prepared me better than I would have been out of high school.
Andrew Rodriguez: What position to you think you play best and why? Scouts have said you play 3rd and 1st well. Which one do you feel more comfortable playing?
Travis Shaw: I feel more comfortable at 3rd. Last summer was the first time I have ever played first base everyday. In college and growing up, I have always played 3rd. So I feel more comfortable at third than at first.