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Boston College Baseball: Chris Shaw Signs With San Francisco Giants

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The 31st overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, he reportedly signed for a bonus of $1.4 million.

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After the San Francisco Giants drafted Boston College outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw with the 31st overall pick, we all kind of assumed he wouldn't be returning for his senior season at The Heights. That was made official on Tuesday when Shaw inked a contract with the defending World Series champions. He will now begin his professional career in the minor leagues with one of the team's affiliates.

Shaw's contract calls for a signing bonus of $1.4 million. As noted above, the slot price was for $1.885 million. Each Major League Baseball franchise has an allocated pool of money from which to sign their draft picks. If they fail to sign the pick, they forfeit whatever the "slot price" is for that position. Any leftover money after signing the player can be recycled back into the pool for other picks.

That means the Giants could have potentially lost $1.885 million by not signing Shaw, but since they signed him, they will recycle the remaining $485K into their pool money for other picks. Shaw was the second Giant chosen after San Francisco used the 18th overall pick on right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford.

Bickford, drafted 10th overall after his senior year of high school, chose to leave Cal State-Fullerton after last season to pitch for the College of Southern Nevada, an NJCAA community college. Because he was pitching for a junior college, he became draft eligible despite only being 19 and a sophomore. His slot called for $2,333,800, and he has not yet signed.

Shaw will now begin his career in rookie ball with the Arizona League Giants. The AZL Giants are based out of Scottsdale and play their home night games in the spring training facility of the parent ball club with day games held at the Indian School Park. The AZL is a mashup of Cactus League-based franchises, the majority of which are from the western and central United States.

Franchises play 56-game regular seasons starting in mid-June. Rosters are typically made up of recent draftees, along with new players signed out of the Dominican Republic. They are sparsely covered and attended games since players are there strictly for training and rehab assignments. It is considered one of the four developmental rookie leagues, along with the Gulf Coast League, Dominican Summer League, and Venezuelan Summer League.

Since the Rookie League is considered the sixth tier of the minor leagues, Shaw will have a long road of development within the Giants system. That said, San Francisco is considered one of the best franchises at developing major league talent. Every first round draft pick taken between 2008-2011 is now on an MLB roster except for one, with Buster Posey (2008), Connor Gillaspie (2008), and Joe Panik (2011) playing for the Giants during World Series seasons.

We wish Chris the best of luck as his career begins anew down on the farm for the Giants!