Just 2 weeks ago, all of Red Sox nation was ready to write off Travis Shaw, myself included. The guy had been on a slow decline since the end of May and even more so through August; sporting a .167 average with just 2 homers in 19 games, not too mention his defense was utterly pathetic.
As a result, the Red Sox called up the number one prospect in professional baseball, Yoan Moncada. I for one was stoked when Dave Dombrowski finally made the call down to Portland to bring him up, as he is gifted on the base paths and can really mash.
Or so I thought.
Now I know Moncada is a 21-year-old kid who's played less than 10 games in the pros at third base before the call up, but I'm less than impressed with him. In just 5 games, Moncada is 4-17 (.235) with just 1 RBI and a 10:1 K:BB ratio. While he has a cannon for an arm, he lacks basic defensive fundamentals and often gets lazy at third. Yoan has also been picked off once and has yet to steal a bag.
Also a small sample size, but in the 2 games since Moncada got called up where Shaw has started, he is 5-10 with 2 homers, 2 doubles, and 8 RBI. So maybe the thought of losing his job lit a fire under his butt and is causing him to go back to the player he used to be back in May.
So for that, why not let the Mayor of Ding Dong City just ride it out? The Sox have proven to be just fine with his lack of production; and if he gets going again, look out.