San Francisco Giants: Early Look At Top Prospects
No.5 Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw is the number 5 prospect of the San Francisco Giants to begin the season. Currently playing in Double-A with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Giants’ shaky start to the season has had fans already thinking about future trades for later in the season. Shaw arguably has the best bat in the system and that makes him a possible trade target. In fact, last year he almost was traded.
Early reports had Shaw being traded along with Matt Duffy and prospect Lucius Fox in this trade. After the trade was finalized, it turned out a different player was involved and Chris Shaw remained a Giant. I couldn’t have been happier. Last year, in his first full season, between single-A and double-A, he had 21 home runs with 85 RBI over 132 games.
Shaw has the power to break through into the majors. It remains to be seen if it will indeed be with the Giants because his biggest road block is that he is a first baseman. He has college experience playing in the outfield but his defense is not the greatest which is why the Giants have him playing first base. However, it seems the Giants really like Chris Shaw and are trying to find ways to include him in their future plans.
He is 5-22 for a .227 average to begin the season with one home run. Due to the lack of depth for left field, the Giants are also trying out Shaw in left field with him having two of his six starts there. This will be something to keep an eye on throughout the season.