Junior outfield Chris Shaw has been named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Second Team.
The Lexington, Massachusetts native is the first Eagle honored with the preseason award since Mickey Wiswall in 2010. No Eagle has garnered postseason All-America honors since Mike Belfiore and Tony Sanchez both were named in 2009.
Shaw led the Eagles in nearly every offensive category last year. His .329 batting average made him the only BC hitter over the .300 mark, and his six home runs comprised half of the team's marks. His 45 RBI dwarfed the rest of the team, with the next highest total standing at 26 from Tom Bourdon. He also led the team in hits (68), doubles (18), total bases (104, the only Eagle over the century mark), and slugging percentage (.502). His .393 on base percentage ranked second on the team. His 16-game hitting streak during the season is third best in program history, and he finished the year with a base hit in 22 of 24 games.
Over the summer, he continued to hit well, batting .275 for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. His eight homers led the league, and his 34 RBI, while leading the team, were good enough for second best behind only Falmouth's Conner Hale (LSU). Hale notched 38 RBI.
Shaw put together some fine performances for the Anglers, including a 2-for-2 night at Cotuit in July that saw him drive in five RBI with two homers. In the playoffs against Oleans, he ralled from an 0-for-2 Game One performance to hit a three-run homer in Game Two. It wasn't enough, though, and the Firebirds swept the Anglers out of the playoffs in two straight. He would finish the year with a .479 slugging percentage.
Shaw returns to The Heights as the projected centerpiece of the Boston College lineup. He is one of nine ACC players named to one of the three teams.