School: Boston College; Class: Junior
Position: 1B; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-3; Weight: 248
Previously Drafted: New York Mets, 26th round, 2012
Background: Poised to become the premier power bat in this year’s draft class, Shaw, a lefty-swinging first baseman, succumbed to the hitter’s version of Tommy John – sort of. The former late round pick of the Mets in 2012 broke a hamate bone in his hand mid-April, the same injury that limited former Virginia Cavalier Derek Fisher in 2014. And the irony of the situation: Shaw, who was in the midst of a 15-game hitting streak, couldn’t pinpoint how – or when – the injury occurred.
After getting drafted in the 26th round as a senior in high school, Shaw got off to a rocky start with the Screaming Eagles as a true freshman, cobbling together a paltry .165/.266/.305 line in 50 games. Things would click for the hulky Shaw the following season as he would breakout by mashing .326/.393/.502 with 18 doubles, though he managed to add just six homeruns. He would also earn a trip to the prestigious Cape Cod League, where he .275/.364/.479 with another 10 doubles and eight homeruns.
This season Shaw continued to punish opposing pitchers prior to his injury, slugging a robust .696 with an ACC-leading 22 homeruns. His overall production, as of May 26, has noticeably declined thanks to the injury (.197/.306/.410).
Projection: As I mentioned in Derek Fisher’s write-up last season, a broken hamate bone tends to sap a player’s power output for months following his return to action. And, well, Shaw’s production has cratered, leaving just about 100 games of solid production to analyze.
He has a surprisingly strong knack for making contact, especially for a potential middle-of-the-order bat. Above-average to plus-power potential with the ability to slug 20- to 25-homeruns in a full professional season. It’s also important to point out that the Eagles’ home park, Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at John Shea Field, is incredibly pitcher-friendly. Good, though far from great eye at the plate.
Fisher looks like a solid better-than-average first baseman who, once he’s further removed from the hamate injury, should surprise people with his minor league production.
Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Risk: Moderate to High
Grade: First/Second Round
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