Future Watch: Chris Shaw Rookie Baseball Cards, Giants – Chris Shaw was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. He was previously drafted by the Mets in 2012 but decided to attend Boston College instead.
The 6-3, 226-pound outfielder hit .319 at BC in his final season there. He had 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 12 multi-RBI games. He earned (NEIBA) First-Team honors.
Shaw has great power. In 2015, he hit 12 homers in 46 games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Low-A.
In 2016, he was in A-ball and ended up with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. It was a combined season and he had 16 homers, 55 RBI with 22 doubles and a solid .285 batting average.
The 2017 season saw him starting in Double-A and he ended up in Triple-A with the Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Coast League. His combined numbers were 24 home runs and 79 RBI. He hit .292 with 35 doubles.
In 2018, he started again in Triple-A and he delivered with 24 homers and 65 RBI in 101 games. He added 21 doubles and two triples.
Shaw got some time with the Giants in a late season call-up. In 22 games he had one home run and seven RBI. He had two doubles and a steal. He now had a measuring stick to know what he’d have to do to stay in the majors in the future.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Shaw has plenty of strength and leverage in his massive 6-foot-3 frame, giving him huge natural power to all fields. He could hit home runs without trying but sells out too much for power, letting his left-handed swing get too long and chasing pitches out of the strike zone. His whiff rate has jumped from 20 percent in Double-A to 32 percent in Triple-A to 37 percent in his first taste of the Majors, and he’s unlikely to hit for much of an average unless he forces pitchers to challenge him more. ETA 2019.
Collectors can find his rookie card in 2019 Bowman Priority Baseball.
At 25, he’s close to breaking through. This isn’t uncommon and he will get another shot with the Giants this year. He started off Triple-A with seven homers and 23 RBI in his first 38 games. Always collect power hitters just in case.
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Future Watch: Chris Shaw Rookie Baseball Cards, Giants – Stats
|2016||22||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||SFG||132||561||502||73||134||38||4||21||85||0||0||48||125||.267||.335||.484||.819||243||15||6||0||5||3|
|2017||23||2 Teams||2 Lgs||AAA-AA||SFG||125||514||469||58||137||35||1||24||79||0||0||38||132||.292||.346||.525||.871||246||10||3||0||4||2|
|Minors (5 seasons)||Minors||442||1846||1675||229||460||112||9||88||282||0||1||141||467||.275||.336||.510||.846||854||42||20||0||10||5|
|All Levels (5 Seasons)||469||1930||1748||232||473||114||9||89||289||1||1||151||492||.271||.334||.499||.833||872||42||20||0||11||5|
|AAA (2 seasons)||Minors||189||782||730||97||199||46||3||42||115||0||0||41||250||.273||.317||.516||.834||377||14||8||0||3||0|
|AA (3 seasons)||Minors||135||559||497||63||133||33||6||18||82||0||1||53||106||.268||.343||.467||.810||232||15||6||0||3||2|
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