Chris Shaw Only San Francisco Giants Prospect on BA’s Midseason Top 100
By Jake Mastroianni
Chris Shaw was the only San Francisco Giants prospect listed on Baseball America’s midseason list of the top 100 prospects.
Shaw, who was previously unranked, was introduced to the top 100 at number 86.
The 23-year-old first baseman and outfielder is having a great 2017. He started the year in Double-A where he hit .301 in 133 at-bats with 6 home runs and 29 RBI.
He was then promoted to the Triple-A club where he’s hitting .295 with 8 home runs and 24 RBI.
He was selected in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Boston College. Shaw was sent straight to the San Francisco Giants Low-A team that year where he hit .287 in 178 at-bats with 12 home run and 30 RBI.
Last year he split time between High-A and Double-A hitting a combined .267 with 21 home runs and 85 RBI.
He entered the 2017 season as the San Francisco Giants fifth best prospect according to MLB.com. But he’s shot up a lot of prospect lists this season.
In Baseball America’s top 100 update back on May 11 they had Tyler Beede and Christian Arroyo on this list. Beede at 84 and Arroyo at 92.
Arroyo struggled a bit in the majors and then has been injured since being sent back down. And Beede has an ERA over five at Triple-A this year.
The San Francisco Giants obviously have a weak farm system right now. That’s why I think they should unload what they can this year while they have the chance and regroup.
It’s good to see a Giants prospect that is playing well and is on the rise in Shaw. I think Shaw could, and should, get an opportunity in the big leagues this year. He’s a college player so it’s not like he’s being rushed.
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I’m a little surprised Heliot Ramos didn’t make this list, but I think he will next time around. In fact, next time Baseball America updates this list I predict there will be three San Francisco Giants prospect included.