During the 2013 NECBL season, New Bedford Bay Sox fans would hear the name Chris Shaw over the PA systems, but last night fans who have followed him closely during his time at Paul Walsh Field were able to hear his name announced at the Major League Draft, 31 overall by the San Francisco Giants.
Shaw is nothing short of a pitchers worst nightmare when his 6 foot 4 inch frame stands in the batter’s box. In the 2013 season with New Bedford, Shaw was up there with the league’s best in numerous hitting categories. He was top ten in batting average hitting .335, he was top ten in homeruns with five and he was second in the league with 39 RBIs. Shaw ended that season being respected as one of the prominent power hitters in the country.
After his experience in the South Coast, Chris Shaw would go onto put up similar numbers back at Boston College. As a sophomore first-baseman, Shaw would lead the Eagles in nearly every hitting category, a season that would earn him All-ACC First-Team honors and even more respect as one of the best hitters in baseball. Chris Shaw was seemingly unsatisfied. During the 2015 spring season, Shaw would improve upon his college numbers, batting a team-high .319 with 11 homeruns, 43 RBIs, and an outstanding .611 slugging percentage.
Each year Chris Shaw played, the growth in his game was visible. As a freshman in 2013 he hit under .200. After his summer in New Bedford playing in the NECBL, his numbers increased steadily each year to the point now where Shaw is being properly recognized as a top hitting talent.
Shaw joins a long list of NECBL alumni who are now taking their talents to the next level. Since the Bay Sox inaugural season in New Bedford back in 2009, fans who have taken the opportunity to watch this hidden gem of a collegiate summer league have had the pleasure to see current Major Leaguers Erik Goeddel (New York Mets) and Taylor Featherston (Los Angeles Angels) play baseball.
A memory like seeing a professional baseball player before he broke into the majors is one that many will be able to experience, because the talent and competitiveness in the NECBL has increasingly grown throughout the years with the future of the league looking brighter with each passing season. But for now let us enjoy the fact we got the chance to watch a hitter like Chris Shaw grow into one of the best hitters in the country.