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Travis Ishikawa | First Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Travis Ishikawa is making a fourth straight start at first base for the Pirates on Friday.
The word before the season was that Gaby Sanchez would draw most of the playing time at first base even though he's the right-handed hitter, but Ishikawa has started every game to this point (all against righties). The Cardinals don't have a left-handed starter, but Sanchez figures to get at least one start this weekend. Apr 4 - 5:31 PM

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Travis Ishikawa is starting at first base in the Pirates' season-opener Monday versus the Cubs.

Ishikawa, a left-handed hitter, is in a first-base platoon with right-handed hitter Gaby Sanchez. It's a position to be ignored for fantasy purposes. The full Opening Day lineup for Pittsburgh: LF Starling Marte, RF Travis Snider, CF Andrew McCutchen, 3B Pedro Alvarez, C Russell Martin, 2B Neil Walker, 1B Travis Ishikawa, SS Jordy Mercer, SP Francisco Liriano.
Mar 31 - 9:08 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of 1B Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Ishikawa will platoon at first base with Gaby Sanchez. It's not a great situation for fantasy purposes.
Mar 29 - 1:41 PM

Travis Ishikawa is expected to begin the season on the Pirates' Opening Day roster and platoon with Gaby Sanchez at first base.

The Pirates have yet to officially add Ishikawa to the 40-man roster, but he's expected to make it barring a late signing or trade. The 30-year-old is a .260/.324/.398 career hitter in the big leagues and is not considered a fantasy option.
Mar 25 - 9:28 AM

Travis Ishikawa homered and walked twice Saturday in the Pirates' 5-3 defeat of the Phillies.

Ishikawa is hitting .350 with three homers in 20 at-bats since returning from a leg injury that cost him the first 10 days of the spring. The Pirates could seriously consider keeping him as a left-handed option at first base unless someone better comes along. Last year, Ishikawa hit .290/.389/.465 in 297 at-bats for a couple of International League teams. He's a lifetime .260/.324/.398 hitter in 774 major league at-bats.
Mar 22 - 5:50 PM

Travis Ishikawa will need a couple days of rest in Pirates camp due to tightness in his right leg.

It's not believed to be a serious injury. Ishikawa signed a minor league contract with the Pirates in December and is trying to claim an Opening Day bench spot.
Feb 26 - 4:24 PM

Pirates signed 1B Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ishikawa, who won a World Series ring in 2010 with the Giants, has slashed just .240/.311/.392 in 194 plate appearances between the Brewers, Orioles and Yankees the past few years since leaving the Bay Area. It makes sense that he chose Pittsburgh, as Gaby Sanchez's grip on the first base throne is tenuous at best.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:50:00 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Travis Ishikawa has received four contract offers and is expected to get more soon.

They are all presumably minor league offers. Ishikawa, 30, got a cup of coffee with both the Yankees and Orioles this season and batted .290/.389/.465 with nine homers in 83 contests at Triple-A.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:37:00 AM

White Sox signed 1B Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte.

Ishikawa was designated for assignment by the Yankees on July 11 after spending just three days in pinstripes. He has posted some nice numbers this year at the Triple-A level and should climb to Chicago eventually.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 09:37:00 AM

Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Yankees on Thursday.

Ishikawa is hitting just .105/.150/.105 in 19 at-bats this season. He played just one game with the Yankees before being waived.
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 11:10:00 PM

Yankees designated 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment.

Ishikawa was thrown off the 40-man roster on Thursday to open a spot for Derek Jeter, who is finally ready to return from the disabled list. Ishikawa went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in his short stay with the Yankees.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Making his Yankees debut, Travis Ishikawa was pulled in favor of Lyle Overbay after striking out in both of his at-bats Monday against the Royals.

Both are left-handed hitters, so it wasn't a great sign for Ishikawa that the Yankees felt the need to pinch-hit Overbay for him. It only made things worse for him when Overbay homered in his place and then walked to try to start a ninth-inning rally in what turned out to be a 5-1 loss. It seems like a pretty good guess that Overbay will get the start on Tuesday.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 11:18:00 PM

Yankees claimed 1B Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Orioles.

Ishikawa had been designated for assignment last month by the Orioles after batting just .118 (2-for-17) in six games. He'll provide depth at first base.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 01:39:00 PM

Orioles designated 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment.

Ishikawa batted just .118 (2-for-17) in six games with the Orioles, but could draw some interest on waivers. Jair Jurrjens has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace him on the active roster.
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of 1B Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Norfolk.

Ishikawa utilized the opt-out clause in his minor league deal over the weekend, so the Orioles added him to the major league roster rather than let him go. The 29-year-old was batting .316/.413/.525 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 49 games this season in Triple-A. He's making the start of the DH spot and could see semi-regular playing time in the short-term.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Travis Ishikawa
2Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Jose Tabata
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Wandy Rodriguez
5Edinson Volquez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Mark Melancon
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Bryan Morris
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez