Chris Shaw
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Shaw entered pro ball as a first baseman, but made the transition to left field last season in order to expedite the process of getting his monster raw power to San Francisco. After all, the Giants return one (!) hitter (Brandon Belt) who topped 15 home runs last season, and he plays first base. He made quick work of the Eastern League (146 wRC+, 26:18 K:BB in 154 plate appearances), but dealt with more resistance at Triple-A. His strikeout rate spiked to 29.4 percent and his walk rate shrank to 5.6 percent, but he was still able to up his ISO to .241 while cranking out 18 home runs in 360 plate appearances. He will head back to Sacramento with the goal of improving his plate discipline and defense in left field, but the Giants will likely be tempted early in the season to get his bat into the middle of the big-league lineup. The home park won’t help matters, but he has enough power to hit 20-plus homers in less than a full season. Read Past Outlooks
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Collects two hits in start
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 17, 2018
Shaw started in left field and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
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Shaw has struggled since being called up Aug. 31 (.115/.172/.231 in 29 plate appearances), so Sunday's two-hit game was a big step in the right direction. The 24-year-old had been situated on the bench for seven of the last eight contests, but Brandon Belt's (knee) absence allowed the young slugger to return to the lineup with Austin Slater sliding over to cover first base. It is unclear if the Giants -- who have nothing to play for -- will give Shaw an extended look at some point before the season comes to a close.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016vs Right .419 28 1 1 4 0 .120 .179 .240
2018vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Right .419 28 1 1 4 0 .120 .179 .240
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+130%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+130%
OPS on Road
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .258 16 0 0 2 0 .133 .125 .133
Since 2016Away .594 13 1 1 2 0 .091 .231 .364
2018Home .258 16 0 0 2 0 .133 .125 .133
2018Away .594 13 1 1 2 0 .091 .231 .364
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Chris Shaw compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.15
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
40.6%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.172
 
AVG
.207
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.379
 
OPS
.629
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Shaw began his first full season with the Giants at High-A San Jose. He raked in 72 games before getting promoted to Double-A Richmond. The success didn't carry over to the next level. While his production dropped with the promotion, he slightly lowered his strikeout rate from 23.0 percent to 21.5 percent. Though it wasn't a huge reduction, the fact that his strikeouts didn't increase at the next level has to be considered a positive. It would be surprising if the Giants promoted him above the Double-A level to start the 2017 season, but at age 23, the club will be looking for him to make quick progress as a hitter. The fact that he plays first base provides a problem, as the Giants recently re-signed Brandon Belt to a long-term deal. There is an outside chance that Shaw or Belt could be moved to left field, which would accelerate his track to the majors. The team could also opt to use the slugger as a trade piece at the deadline.
Shaw was selected by the Giants 31st overall in the 2015 draft in order to address the significant lack of power in their farm system. In his first season with short-season Salem-Keizer, he showed that power potential by slugging .551 with 12 homers in just 200 plate appearances. The Giants are in desperate need of a left-handed power bat, so they may accelerate Shaw through the minors. He is definitely worth monitoring in dynasty leagues given his ability to hit the long ball and the likelihood of a quick promotion.
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Out of lineup Saturday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 15, 2018
Shaw is not starting against the Rockies on Saturday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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On bench Friday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 14, 2018
Shaw is not in the lineup versus Colorado on Friday, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reports.
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Not in Wednesday's lineup
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 12, 2018
Shaw is out of the lineup versus Atlanta on Wednesday, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reports.
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Out again Monday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 10, 2018
Shaw is not in the lineup Monday against the Braves, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Sitting again Sunday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 9, 2018
Shaw is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Milwaukee, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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