Saturday, December 16, 2017

Chris Shaw Staying in SF

Bruce Bochy gave an interview saying that the team should be ticked off about the 2017 season, which looks like we fans are going to have to get used to Chris Shaw in left rather than Giancarlo Stanton.

He's a big guy at 6-foot-4. Here's what MLB.com says --


Shaw established himself as the best college power hitter available in the 2015 Draft, leading the Cape Cod League with eight homers the prior summer and then hitting 11 in 40 games as a junior despite breaking the hamate bone in his right hand. After signing for $1.4 million as the 31st overall pick, he paced the short-season Northwest League in homers (12) and slugging (.551) during his pro debut. He struggled when he reached Double-A in mid-2016, but he made adjustments and hit well there and in Triple-A this year.
Shaw's big 6-foot-4 frame gives him a lot of strength and leverage, and he uses it to crush balls to all fields. His left-handed swing naturally gets long because of his size, so he probably won't hit for a high average, but he doesn't swing and miss excessively for a masher. He ran into trouble when he first got to Double-A when he expanded his strike zone, then showed more discipline in his return in 2017.
While he has a strong arm, Shaw's lack of speed limits his defensive value. After spending most of his time at Boston College in right field, he spent his first two pro seasons in first base and worked hard to become an adequate defender. With Brandon Belt ensconced in San Francisco, the Giants have played Shaw mostly in left field this year, but he doesn't have much range.

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