With the placement of Jhoulys Chacin on the 10-day injured list, a corresponding roster move had to be made to fill the 25-man roster spot. The obvious move would have been to call up a pitcher. With a couple of off days sprinkled in over the next couple of weeks, the Brewers will be able to work with a four man starting rotation. That allows them to bring up up Travis Shaw from San Antonio.
Over 212 major league plate appearances earlier this season, Shaw slashed .164/.278/.290 with just 6 home runs and a miserable 49 wRC+. The demotion cleared the way for rookie sensation, Keston Hiura to come up and take absolute control of the second base position.
While the injuries to Brewer pitchers cleared an opening for Shaw with the major league club, he has really hit his way back to Milwaukee. Since being sent down, he has slashed .286/.445/.593 blasting 9 home runs and posting a 152 wRC+ with the Missions.
Travis Shaw clubbed a pair of homers but San Antonio dropped a close one to Oklahoma City.https://t.co/8BlIKubMEa— San Antonio Missions Baseball Club (@missionsmilb) July 21, 2019
Shaw can play 1B, 2B, and 3B, and that versatility will serve him well as he does not have a position on this squad waiting for him. If he can produce at something approaching what he was doing at San Antonio, the Brewers will have the run producing, middle-of-the-order bat they had come to depend on over the previous two season. This move gives Craig Counsell a level of offensive flexibility and potency few teams have, and there is a little bit of time before a decision must be made regarding starting pitching and the replacement of innings sacrificed by the Woodruff and Chacin injuries.
Baseball statistics courtesy of Fangraphs