Shaw was good enough to make it into MLBPipeline’s top 10 first-base prospects in baseball for the 2016 season. After a hot start in San Jose, the move to Richmond proved to be a big step up for him. Shaw went from hitting .285 with an OPS above .900, and 16 Homers in 72 games, to hitting .246 with a .722 OPS, and only 5 Homers in 60 games.
He’s your typical power guy. He hits a lot of homers, but strikes out more than twice as much as he walks. He also struggled against right handed pitching while in Richmond. The splits actually flip flopped, as he did worse against lefties in San Jose, but worse against righties in Richmond. His biggest thing is going to be making consistent contact. As a fielder, he’s pretty darn good, with only 8 errors in 800+ innings across all levels last year.
If Shaw can get his plate approach into shape, and get better against right-handed pitching, he just might challenge Belt in a couple years. This year though will be the big tell. Is he as good as advertised prior to the 2016 year? Or is he just another guy who can’t figure it out in Richmond. Giants fans should be hoping for the first one. He clearly will start the year in Richmond though. He’s one of the more intriguing ones down there, so keep an eye on him.