Even though the San Francisco Giants are starting to play their best baseball of the year, this season will still go down as a disappointment. At the start of the year, the Giants were viewed as a playoff contender. Now after having the third worst record in baseball (46-70), they need to give more playing opportunities to younger players. When will hot-hitting prospect Chris Shaw get his chance at the majors this year?
The Giants drafted Shaw in the first-round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Since joining the organization, Shaw has been everything the team anticipated he would be. While having strong seasons in 2015 and 2016, this season has been his best. At both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, Shaw is batting .295, with 19 home runs, 63 runs batted in and 47 runs in 103 games. Shaw spends his time mostly at first base. He has shifted to the outfield more this year to help his chances at receiving a call-up sooner. His strong play has moved him to the second-best prospect in San Francisco’s organization according to MLB.com.
On top of Shaw’s strong season, he is currently in the middle of a 14-game hitting streak. During the stretch, he is batting .352, with five home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs. If there was anytime for Shaw to receive a call-up, it would be now.
Recently, San Francisco decided to add veteran Pablo Sandoval to the 25-man roster to replace Brandon Belt during his absence. For a team trying to find out who is ready for the big leagues, this move was puzzling. Sandoval is not under contract past this year. While there is more than a chance he resigns in the offseason, he could be with another team next year. Not only will Shaw most likely be with the team for years to come, he should be on the major-league roster next season.
Harrison Howard covers the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Fantasy Baseball as a Staff Writer for OPSN. Follow him on Twitter @harryhoward54.