Chris Shaw Biography, Age, Education, Giants, Homerun, Boston College

Chris Shaw Biography

Chris Shaw born Christopher James Shaw is an American professional baseball outfielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. He was born on 20th October 1993 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. 

Chris Shaw Age

Shaw was born on October 2oth 1993

Chris Shaw Height

He has a height of 1.91 meters

Chris Shaw Wife/Kids

Shaw is not married he has kept his love life private.

Chris Shaw Education

Shaw graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts. He later got drafted by the New York Mets in  the 26th round of the 2012 MLB draft, but he did not sign and instead enrolled at Boston College where he played college baseball.

Chris Shaw Career

Shaw was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, signed, and was assigned to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, where he batted .287 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs in 64 games.

2016 shaw began the season with the San Jose Giants, and was later promoted to the Richmond Flying Squirrels; in 132 games between the two teams, he posted a combined.

.267 batting average with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs. He spent 2017 with both Richmond and the Sacramento River Cats, slashing a combined .292/.346/.525 with 24 home runs, 79 RBIs, and an .871 OPS in 125 total games between the two clubs. He began 2018 with Sacramento.

Shaw was later called up to the majors for the first time on August 31, 2018 and made his debut that day. On September 3, he hit his first major league home run against the Colorado Rockies. Read also Marcus Moore(journalist)

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Chris Shaw Giants

Shaw made his MLB debut for the Giants last season at 24 years old on August 31, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. That was just the beginning to a tough start of his big league career. Over 22 games, he hit just .185 with one home run and 23 strikeouts.

But, he’s been here before and quickly turned failure into success

“The ACC’s not easy, especially as a guy who came from public schools and hadn’t really failed prior to coming to college,” Shaw said. “I batted .165 as a freshman at Boston College. Coach Gambino had all the faith in the world in me to keep putting me back in the lineup every day because he just believed that I was gonna turn that corner.

“I don’t know that outside of Boston College I get that opportunity. I don’t know if I’m where I am today without coach Gambino having that faith in me.”The faith of his coach saw Shaw turn into a star at Boston College. He hit .329 with six home runs and an .895 OPS as a sophomore, and then .319 with 11 long balls and a 1.022 OPS as a junior, his final year in college.

Chris Shaw Homerun

On Monday afternoon, Lexington’s Chris Shaw played in his fourth major league game for the San Francisco Giants and recorded his first-ever hit.

The memorable moment came with an exclamation point, as Shaw crushed a pitch from Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh into the upper deck of Coors Field in Denver.

“I just hit a home run about three hours ago,” said Shaw on a phone call from Denver on Monday night. “It felt pretty good.”

The home run gave the Giants an 8-7 lead in the eighth inning of a game that they eventually lost, 9-8.

Chris Shaw Boston College

Shaw struggled mightily as a freshman at Boston College. He hit six home runs, but had a lowly batting average of .165 and only a .571 OPS. However, he believes that rough season helped turn him into a future first-round draft pick of the Giants.

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Chris Shaw Interview

Exclusive Interview With Giants Prospect Chris Shaw

Together We’re Giants: Congratulations on the walk-off home run last night.

Chris Shaw: Thanks. That was the epitome of happiness on a baseball field. There is nothing quite like hitting the game winning shot and celebrating with your teammates and having it be the final blow to win a ballgame. 

TWG: What coaches were inspiration to you in your career? 

CS: I had a high school coach (Lexington High School in Lexington, Massachusetts), named Tom O’Grady who was old-school and really strict. He was a major influence on me. He instilled in me an ethic of hard work  and preparation, of learning principles of doing things the right way.

I will tell you a story about him. 

I had a practice freshman year and he had bought me a first baseman’s mitt before the year because I did not have one. I showed up for practice one day and I did not have it with me. I was using a normal glove for my grounders at first base when I should have been using the mitt. When he saw that he had me run laps for one hour and a half.  I never forgot the first baseman’s mitt again. I feel there is not enough discipline and tough love today in general and in baseball in particular. The coaches are too soft today. They are afraid to demonstrate a more intense way of coaching and providing discipline. Tough love shapes you as a person and a ballplayer. 

TWG: What has been the biggest adjustment for you moving from A to AA to AAA baseball?

CS: The predictability of pitchers has changed. They get less and less predictable in the higher leagues. In lower levels, pitchers are just trying to hone in on fastball command. Against them, I can lock into one zone, expect a fastball and launch my swing in one area in the Cal League. When I faced a right-handed pitcher I knew he would throw me fastballs away. As a good hitter, you can stick to a plan. In AA its similar. It’s a mostly fastball command league but the stuff is way better. As for the comparison between AA and AAA raw stuff may be better in AA than AAA. In AAA it pitchers are so unpredictable.

A guy who throws 100 mph may only throw one heater per at-bat. As we play Fresno in this series (at press time) it appears the Astros have an organizational philosophy to never give in and walk guys rather than risk damage to a hitter. This means you rarely get fastballs when you are ahead in the count. They don’t want guys to put a good swing on it. We have charts that show slugging percentage and hot zones and they do too. They use that info a lot and we have to learn it. I am starting to see a different side to the game. It’s interesting that both teams have the same info so I have to come with a counter plan to figure out how they will go at me. In a perfect world, they would pump fastballs at me low and in but I know that doesn’t happen. It’s more difficult today. It’s challenging and it keeps you on your toes. That’s just the way the game is at higher levels. 

TWG: What were your emotions when you realized you were drafted by the Giants in the first round and 31st overall in 2015? 

CS: It was the best day of my life. You play baseball your entire life and you dream about pursing a career in pro ball. To have my family and friends with me and hear the Giants drafted me was an incredible feeling and very difficult to describe. It was a culmination of my entire life’s work. It was really cool. 

TWG: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make from playing first base then moving to the outfield?

CS: I think the biggest adjustment I had to make was difficult for me to put in words. At first, you are so close to the action you are right here and it is a quick reactionary intense and focused position at first base. Your attention is focused but in the outfield, it’s more of a free-flowing feeling. When I play the outfield and the ball is hit off the bat its all about running. I know I have to have a good first step in the outfield. It is a smoother experience but at first base it s constant quickness ness and there is a difference in attention and intensity. I am more relaxed in the outfield. I feel more at home there. The two positions are also different in terms of how you take care of your body and how you train.  In the outfield, you can run a mile per game chasing balls. The requirements on your arm are also different. At first bast, I have a lower arm slot. In the outfield, your arm is an asset and you have to take care of it like a pitcher would, with more work, preparation, using bands and other exercises.

TWG: It seems many other MLB teams are interested in acquiring you and were trying to pry you away from the Giants last season in trades. Were you aware of those rumors? How did it affect you and were you happy that the Giants never seriously considered trading you? 

CS: You know during a season you have to keep your focus on playing and on your performance.  I tried to focus on the game, on the field and concentrate on what I can control. It’s not fair to me or my teammates to get distracted. The only thing we know is what’s going on right now. I don’t want to be a guy that gets stressed out thinking about what uniform I will be wearing tomorrow when I know I can make an impact tonight. Bobby Evans is extremely good with us about informing us. He called me last offseason to tell me I was safe when Stanton Rumors were flowing. He asked that I keep it quiet. He did not want other teams to know the Giants were not going to deal me. He wanted those rumors to flow to raise the cost of acquiring Stanton for other teams if the Giants were not going to get him.  I appreciated that. It took a lot of stress out of my life. 

TWG: Who was your favorite ballplayer and What was your favorite team growing up? 

CS: Steven Duggar and I were recently talking about this. I loved Manny Ramirez growing up. We both did and agreed he was a sensational player. I also loved David Ortiz. I was in fifth grade when the Red Sox won in 2004. I grew up with them and they were my team. During games in the backyard, I would emulate them. I would put a mirror next to the TV to see what it looks like if Manny Ramirez were hitting as a lefty. I wanted tho hit him like him. He was something to watch. He and Ortiz both had the clutch gene in them and they made a tremendous impact on me. 

TWG: What current Major League player most inspires you? 

CS: I really like watching Paul Goldschmidt and how he goes about his business. I appreciate how even-keeled he is. He had a pretty rough start to the season this year and you still watch him to go the plate and he looks the same as he does when he is on fire. Watching him I knew he was going to break out of his slump then, sure enough, he starts raking and ends up being the June Player of the Month in the National League. I love seeing players turn it on like that. It’s inspiring to see the best ballplayers in the world go through slumps and get out of it. It means a lot to me. I also love watching Freddie Freeman. He is as good as anyone in the league. He is a great player, a complete player with slugging, on-base percentage, and fielding. He is very impressive. 

TWG: If you were a Major League scout how would a scouting report on you go? 

CS: I probably say, looks relaxed, in the box, good feel for hitting, works very hard, good teammate, picks his players up. 

TWG: What baseball achievement are you most proud of in your career so far? 

CS: Just getting drafted, having an opportunity to start my career with the Giants. I hope its the start of many great memories with the Giants. 

TWG: What is your impression of the Giants organization, from San Jose and Richmond to Sacramento to San Francisco?

CS: I love the Giants. It’s a second family to me. Being in the organization for three years the coaching staff, the executives, the teammates, they are all like brothers and a family. They have every imaginable resource and they want you to succeed. They want to help you and want you to get better. The organization as a whole will help with all aspects of the game, from the weight room to the batter’s box, and on the field. They help me look at what I do really well and maximize so it is not a negative light. It’s essential to have positive reinforcement in a game with so much failure. Their philosophy is a great thing. A hitting coach will help me, for example, analyze what I do great and help me do it more so it outweighs the negatives or flaws in my game. That changes the whole conversation and perspective. There is no secret that the Giants know how to develop guys. Being in their system makes me a complete player.