Former Silver Knight Shaw makes the Majors
The Nashua Silver Knights have their first Major Leaguer.
Former Silver Knight first baseman Chris Shaw, a Lexington, Mass. Native who went on to play for Boston College, was promoted to the Majors on Friday by the San Francisco Giants.
That was ahead of the usual September 1 roster expansion to as many as 40 players. The 6-3, 226-pound Shaw, who has played the outfield exclusively this season in Triple A Sacramento, may have received an early summons due to the Giants’ trade early Friday of outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees.
Shaw this season in Triple A has a slash line of .259/.308/.505. He had 24 homers and 21 doubles and 65 RBIs in 101 games for Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League. Shaw will likely get playing time in left field for the Giants.
In 2012, Shaw was one of the first players allowed into in the Futures Collegiate League under the so-called “high school rule”, under which the league began that season accepting recent high school graduates/incoming college freshman placed with teams by their soon-to-be college coach. In 48 games with Nashua, Shaw hit .274 with eight homers and 48 RBIs and was a key cog in Nashua winning its second straight FCBL crown.
Shaw was actually drafted by the New York Mets in the 26th round that June, but declined to sign and wanted to begin his education at Boston College. The thinking was he would be a much higher pick by the end of his junior year. That was the correct move, as the Giants drafted him in the first round, 31st overall, in June of 2015.
Last season Shaw hit .289 with 18 homers and 50 RBIs in 88 games with Sacramento after beginning the season in Double A Richmond of the Eastern League.
Shaw becomes the second Futures League alum to make the Majors. Tyler Bashlor, a reliever, formerly of the now-defunct Torrington Titans (also in 2012), was called up in June by the New York Mets.