Credit to the Giants, who've given their fans another exciting reason to tune in as they slip further out of NL West contention


One of San Francisco's top-five prospects in their farm system, slugging first baseman/outfielder Chris Shaw, will be promoted by the Giants Friday afternoon.

Shaw has played first base and left field in the minor leagues, spending all of 2018 in the outfield. With Andrew McCutchen being shipped off to the Yankees, the Giants are definitely in need of some outfield depth.

The problem with calling up Shaw is that he might not be quite ready for the major leagues right now. While he definitely hits for power, Shaw has struck out in 34.1 percent of his at-bats. That strikeout percentage is definitely a cause for concern, but at this juncture, San Fran should be seeing what they've got from every rostered prospect.


Shaw was only drafted in 2015, so he has had a fairly short stint in the farm system thus far. However, with the Giants almost definitely eliminated from playoff contention, giving a ​young player like Shaw a shot to show what he's got is a no-lose situation. These plate appearances could be invaluable for Shaw heading into 2019.