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San Francisco Giants need Chris Shaw to shape up or ship out

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Shaw #26 of the San Francisco Giants poses during the Giants Photo Day on February 21, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Shaw #26 of the San Francisco Giants poses during the Giants Photo Day on February 21, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /
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The San Francisco Giants announced their next set of Spring Training “cuts” on Monday, sending guys like Chris Shaw, Ryder Jones and Breyvic Valera back to minor league assignments.

Although it seemed like Shaw was going to get more of a chance to make the Opening Day 25 Man Roster, the San Francisco Giants had other plans in mind. Unlike some of the other Giants outfielders, Shaw has options, so he’ll get a little more time to season in the minors.

We remember when people were clamoring for Shaw to be called up, especially with his power numbers with the River Cats. In his MLB debut on August 31st, Shaw hit a sacrifice fly and got an RBI in the Giant’s 7-0 rout of the Mets. The Giants went on an 11 game losing streak after that, to which Shaw hit 1-for-19 with one homerun and 11 strikeouts. He managed to pick it up towards the end of the month, but the Giants were already far out of contention so it didn’t really matter.

Chris Shaw finished up this year’s Spring Training with an abysmal line of .217/.250/.522, with two home runs and a double accounting for five of his hits. He struck out six times and walked once in 24 plate appearances. The power is very much there for Shaw, but the defense and all other aspects of his offense are lacking. So what happens if he can’t turn it around in the minors? How long can the Giants hold onto someone like this, given their new direction?

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