Travis Shaw Interview

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.

Red Sox sign Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada

MoncadaAccording to Gordon Edes at ESPN, the Red Sox have finalized a deal with highly regarded prospect Yoan Moncada. Moncada is a 19 year old switch hitting infielder out of Cuba.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet by the Red Sox organization, the deal reportedly will net Moncada a bonus of $31.5 million. Another $31.5 million will be paid out to Major League Baseball because the Red Sox have exceeded their allotment of bonus money for international players.

Moncada is 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. There were many teams like the Yankees that were interested but the Red Sox deal ended up being the most lucrative.

The Red Sox tried him out at second base, third base, shortstop, and in the outfield. The Red Sox infield is stacked with talent so it is unclear what position he will stick at but having too much talent is a problem a lot of teams would love to have.

It will be very interesting to see what level he ends up starting out the 2015 season at. Moncada expects his stay in the minors to be short but the Red Sox tend to take it slow with high risk high reward type players. He is only 19 after all and it would be a shame if his confidence took a hit going up against major league pitching. I predict he’ll start off the season in Portland but it all depends on organizational need and how he performs. Either way, it’s an exciting time to be a Red Sox fan.