Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw

29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox AA
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox in February of 2023.
Gets opportunity with ChiSox
OFChicago White Sox  AA
February 8, 2023
Shaw's agency, North Star Sports Management, announced Wednesday that the 28-year-old agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox.
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Shaw had brief stints in the majors with the Giants in 2018 and 2019, but he's toiled in the minors and independent ranks over the past three years and will face an uphill battle to make it back to baseball's top level. Look for the White Sox to assign Shaw to Triple-A Charlotte or Double-A Birmingham before spring training concludes. Shaw spent the 2022 campaign with the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, slashing .264/.401/.459 with 17 home runs in 117 games.
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Shaw is still young enough to see how this story plays out. He has one excellent tool -- raw power. Scouts slap a 70/80 grade on it, and they don't give those out liberally. The issue is everything else at the plate lags behind that raw power, which makes it less usable in-game. He hit 24 homers in the Pacific Coast League last year, which if you know anything about the PCL, is nothing terribly special. He struck out 34% of the time against a 5% walk rate while in Triple-A, furthering concerns about whether he will ever make enough contact. Through nearly 800 plate appearances in Triple-A, Shaw has struck out one-third of the time, and that rate was even higher in his medium cup of coffee in the big leagues last year. The rebuilding Giants will give him another look, but this story -- big power with even bigger holes in the swing -- typically has a predictable conclusion.
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.
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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Cut loose by Baltimore
OFFree Agent  AA
August 2, 2021
The Orioles released Shaw on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Reassigned to minors
OFBaltimore Orioles  AA
March 26, 2021
Shaw was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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Clears waivers
OFBaltimore Orioles  AA
February 1, 2021
Shaw cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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DFA'd by Baltimore
OFBaltimore Orioles  AA
January 26, 2021
Shaw was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Tuesday, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports.
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Joining Orioles
OFBaltimore Orioles  AA
November 25, 2020
Shaw was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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