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Matt Shaw didn't face great competition while playing three years for Maryland, but he mashed with a wood bat (1.006 OPS) in the Cape Cod League in 2022 and excelled in his pro debut after the Cubs selected him with the 13th overall pick. He hit .500 with one home run in three Arizona Complex League games before a quick promotion to High-A. The 5-foot-11 infielder slashed .393/.427/.655 with four home runs, seven steals and 12 strikeouts in 20 games in the Midwest League before getting promoted again to Double-A. Shaw fared well again, hitting .292 with three home runs, six steals and a 17.1 K% in 15 games in the Southern League to close the year. He makes consistent contact and hits the ball to all fields. Shaw has a chance to hit 20-plus home runs while stealing 20-plus bases and hitting for a high average during his prime years. His defensive home is unclear, as he fits best at second base, but that's Nico Hoerner's spot. Neither Shaw or Hoerner have an ideal arm for the left side of the infield, which complicates matters. Nonetheless, Shaw's bat will likely look big-league ready by the middle of the summer.

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  • Cubs' Matt Shaw: Invited to MLB spring training

    The Cubs announced Friday that Shaw received an invitation to major-league spring training. Fellow top prospect Owen Caissie will join Shaw in big-league camp. A first-round pick in the 2023 Draft, Shaw slashed .357/.400/.618 with eight homers and 15 steals across three levels in his pro debut, reaching Double-A Tennessee. He's mostly played shortstop and second base to this point, but Shaw's offseason workouts have been focused mainly at third base, where he has the clearest path to playing time with the Cubs. An Opening Day roster spot is unlikely, but we could see the 22-year-old sometime in 2024.
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  • Cubs' Matt Shaw: Focusing on third base this winter

    Shaw said Saturday that he's taken "probably 99 percent" of his reps this offseason at third base, Ryan Herrera of AllCHGO.com reports. The No. 13 overall pick in the 2023 Draft, Shaw saw more playing time at shortstop and second base than third base during his pro debut. However, with Dansby Swanson and Nico Hoerner holding down the middle infield with the Cubs, Shaw's future could be at the hot corner. It was a sample of just 170 plate appearances, but Shaw slashed a robust .357/.400/.618 with eight homers and 15 steals across three levels in 2023. It's not out of the realm of possibility that he could push to debut in 2024.
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  • Cubs' Matt Shaw: Gets bump to Double-A

    The Cubs promoted Shaw from High-A South Bend to Double-A Tennessee on Monday, Sahadev Sharma and Keith Law of The Athletic report. The 21-year-old shortstop has been a quick riser through the Cubs' farm system since being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft in July. After a brief stop in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, Shaw bypassed the Single-A level entirely and was unfazed by Midwest League competition. Over his 89 plate appearances at South Bend, Shaw slashed .393/.427/.655 with four home runs and a 7-for-8 success rate on stolen-base attempts.
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