Knights alum Shaw a first-round pick for Giants
NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights personnel chief and coach B.J. Neverett remembers the night in 2012, prior to a game at Old Orchard, when Chris Shaw was frustrated.
The phenom had just graduated from Lexington High School and was a power-hitting first baseman for the Knights.
A few weeks earlier, the New York Mets in the 26th round. The deadline to sign Shaw was that night, otherwise he’d be draft eligible in another three years.
“The Mets had brought everybody, from the head of the farm system, chief scout, and so on,” Neverett said. “But they couldn’t agree on the offer. His parents had a certain figure in mind, but they also wanted him to go to school (at Boston College).
“Chris was disappointed but I told him not to worry, he’d end up doing much better. He’ll be in the big leagues someday.”
That better chance came Monday night when the San Francisco Giants drafted him with the 31st selection in the first round. That’s the highest any Futures Collegiate League player has been selected.
“We’re the first team to win a championship, and now we’re the first team to have had a first-round draft pick, that’s pretty cool,” Silver Knights team president Tim Bawmann said.
The second-year league had just instituted a rule that allowed teams to sign a couple of graduated high school seniors that college coaches would recommend. Shaw played in Nashua one season, leading the FCBL in RBIs with 44
“It was a great success,” league commissioner Chris Hall said. “It worked great for them, worked great for us. It was a way for us to get some of those high end players in the league and it’s something we’ll continue to do.”
Shaw played in the New England Collegiate League the following season and was one of the top players in the Cape Cod League last summer.
“We’re pretty happy that we got him and we’re pretty happy for him,” Neverett said.