SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Shaw, a sandwich-round pick in the recent draft, is from Boston and grew up a huge David Ortiz fan, but he said he models his current game after Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. It seems a good choice for Shaw, a big, strong first baseman who is known for his left-handed power. He was here today for the first time since taking BP at AT&T Park during a pre-draft workout.
“I put a few out there,” he said, nodding toward the arcade section. “It’s obviously pretty deep to the right-center gap, but if I think the other way as a left-handed hitter that shouldn’t be too much of a factor. I’ll wear that (left-center) gap out.”
That’s the right attitude for a power hitter here, and Shaw hopes to start that journey this weekend. He’ll debut for Salem-Keizer and play first base. The Giants have a good first baseman, of course, and Shaw said he played outfield all three years at Boston College and is comfortable there, too.
Shaw got to talk to some players before the game and said Matt Duffy gave him good advice. “He told me to make sure baseball stays fun in the minor leagues,” Shaw said.
The Giants like a lot about Shaw, including his toughness. He broke his right hamate bone 30 games into his college season but returned after missing just 18 games. Shaw estimated he was about 50 percent healthy.
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“I was willing to deal with the pain to get out there,” he said.
The Giants were on Shaw early, and he had an idea he might end up here. He made a point Thursday of mentioning the three titles in five years.
“I couldn't be happier to be with the San Francisco Giants,” Shaw said.
--- Matt Cain starts for Triple-A Sacramento and Jake Peavy goes tomorrow. Manager Bruce Bochy said the staff has already talked to a few current starters about the coming changes.
“I’m hoping they’re not thinking about it. They’re thinking about the jobs they have to do,” Bochy said. “Don’t worry about anything except what you need to do and that’s pitch. I don’t know if they’re all going to be happy, I can’t answer that. But they do know we have two good, experienced starters that are going to be in the rotation.”
Bochy was told that some managers might consider this a good problem to have.
“I can’t say I’m loving it,” he said. “These are tough decisions that have to be made.”
--- Justin Maxwell replaced Travis Ishikawa in the fifth inning Thursday. We’ll see that a lot, I would think, but Bochy said he’s comfortable with Ishikawa in left field to start games.
“We’ve seen it in September and in the postseason, so I’ll throw him out there,” Bochy said.
--- Pat Burrell is no longer a scout for the Giants, as of a few weeks ago. Sounds like this was just a decision he made. The team liked his work the last two-plus years, but scouts live a difficult, travel-filled life during the season. Let’s hope he still does local radio interviews.