Boston College rising junior Chris Shaw was named a first team All-Northeast selection this week by the American Baseball Coaches Association. It marks the third honor for the lefty power hitter out of Lexington, Mass after being named a First Team All-Atlantic Coast and NEIBA All-New England.
After finishing the season with a .329 batting average, Shaw is playing this summer with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Despite opening the season with an 0-for-8 stretch, Shaw collected his first two hits late last week in games against Orleans and Cotuit. He currently batting just a shade over .100 with two RBI while adjusting the wooden bats against the tough Cape League pitching. It's not uncommon for players to bust out around the July 4th holiday once they get acclimated to the new swings.
A rightfielder at BC, Shaw is playing first base and DH for the Anglers. Recruited as a first baseman, Mike Gambino moved him to the outfield late in this freshman season. Shaw played all 55 games for BC in right but is playing his more natural position at Veterans Field.
Here's a quick roundup of the other Eagles currently playing summer ball:
Andrew Chin, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Chin started the first game of the season for the Anglers, pitching four innings and striking out four while walking one in a no-decision effort against Orleans. He faced 17 batters in the outing and allowed only one hit. He has not started or seen action since.
Chin, a 15th round pick of the New York Yankees, is about a month away from his decision date on whether or not he will return to BC. He was the only Eagle draftee in the MLB Entry Draft earlier this month.
John Gorman, Bourne Braves (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Gorman, under a temporary contract to start the season, is being reinvented as a closer for the western division Braves under manager Harvey Shapiro. He's appeared in two games, pitching two innings apiece in victories over Brewster and Orleans. In a 1-0 victory over the Firebirds, he struck out four of nine batters faced and allowed only one hit. He's been lights-out in making the most of his time, striking out five over his two appearances and only allowing the single knock.
Gorman could earn a full-time contract with Bourne or another Cape League team once his temp time is completed. Final rosters for the Cape League are typically due by the end of the College World Series. Each team also gets a limited amount of add-drops.
Jeff Burke, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Burke didn't do so hot in his only outing this summer. Pitching four innings in a start against Wareham last week, he walked four and struck out one, battling his command and giving up three runs on three hits as part of a larger, 13-3 loss to the Gatemen.
Jesse Adams, Wareham Gatemen (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Adams has appeared once this year while playing a temp contract for the only Cape League franchise not actually on "the island." He threw an inning and a third, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and walking two in a 7-0 loss to Harwich.