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2015 MLB Draft: Giants Draft Chris Shaw With 31st Overall Pick

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With the 31st overall pick, Shaw becomes the highest Eagle taken in the draft since Tony Sanchez in 2009.

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With the 31st overall pick in the 2015 MLB Entry Draft, the San Francisco Giants drafted Boston College first baseman/outfielder Chris Shaw. The selection makes Shaw the highest pick since Tony Sanchez was selected fourth by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. He is also the first compensatory round player chosen since Mike Belfiore went 45th overall in that same draft.

Shaw, a native of Lexington, Massachusetts, now has until mid-July to sign a contract with the Giants or risk returning to Boston College for his senior season.

Playing the outfield for the Eagles in 2014 and 2015, Shaw was one of the nation's best power hitters this past season, hitting .319 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. It was his second straight season hitting .300 or better after hitting .329 during his sophomore season. Shaw's slugging percentage this past year was .611.

A first baseman out of high school, he struggled during his freshman season, hitting only .162. That summer, he played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the New Bedford Bay Sox before returning to BC. Last summer, in 2014, he played with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League, leading the league in home runs and participating in the home run derby at the All Star Game.

Shaw missed only two weeks during the season with a broken hamate bone, an injury that usually requires 4-6 weeks' absence. When he returned to the BC lineup, however, he lacked the trademark pop on the ball. Originally a top-40 prospect and surefire first rounder, there had been some concern the injury would diminish his draft stock and plummet him out of the first round. Clearly, that was not the case, however.

It is unlikely Shaw will return to Boston College for his senior season. Only one first round pick did not sign with his drafted team last season; first overall pick Brady Aiken had health issues throughout the summer and did not sign by the deadline, then declined to sign with the Houston Astros after the 29 other MLB franchises invoked a clause negating that deadline for the franchise. Aiken has since enrolled at IMG Academy's baseball program, allowing him to become eligible for this year's draft again.

This is the second consecutive year a current Eagle was picked in the MLB Draft. The New York Yankees drafted and signed pitcher Andrew Chin last year after his redshirt sophomore season.

Being drafted in the first round has not always meant immediate success for the Eagles. After being selected by St. Louis in the first round in '04, Lambert never made the big leagues with the Cardinals. He advanced as far as Triple-A ball before being included as the player to be named later in the 2007 deal that sent Mike Maroth from Detroit to St. Louis. He made his debut in 2008 but was designated for assignment less than a year later. Claimed off waivers by Baltimore, he pitched in a few September games but was not renewed to a major league deal after the '09 season. Refusing to go to the minor leagues, he's been out of baseball since.

Sanchez, meanwhile, was drafted by Pittsburgh in '09 and debuted with them in 2013. After playing in under 30 games for them in both '13 and '14, he's back with Indianapolis in Triple-A for the '14 season, playing in a timeshare with Elias Diaz.

As mentioned, Belfiore was selected in the Compensatory A Round in '09. The compensatory round is a "sandwich round" between the first and second round for draft choices obtained by departing free agents. The pick used to select Shaw was obtained when corner infielder Pablo Sandoval departed San Francisco for a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox.

The lone Eagle currently in MLB is Eric Campbell. The third baseman for the New York Mets, he's only hitting .200 on the season but hit .313 over the last week.

Congratulations to Chris Shaw on this momentous occasion and best of luck to him as he begins the pursuit of his Major League dreams!

Edit: This has been updated to reflect the draft choice as the Compensatory A Round, not the actual first round. The Compensatory A Round is a sandwich round between the first and second rounds of the draft.