The White Sox have added a former first-round pick to the organization.
North Star Sports Management announced on Wednesday that outfielder Chris Shaw has joined the club on a free-agent deal. The minor league contract became official on Thursday, with Shaw later assigned to Double-A Birmingham on Friday.
Shaw, 29, was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft and signed for a bonus worth $1.5 million. After spending several years in the farm system, he debuted for San Francisco in 2018. Shaw’s major league stint didn’t last very long, however, spanning just 38 games across two seasons. During that limited stretch, he hit an abysmal .153/.244/.222 with one home run, seven RBI, and a 31 K/9 BB ratio.
After finding his way to Baltimore’s organization and eventually being released in August 2021, Shaw has spent portions of the past two seasons playing independent ball. He most recently appeared for the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes in 2022, where he hit .264/.401/.459 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI over 117 games.
As it stands right now, Shaw doesn’t figure to be in the competition for a major league roster spot. The White Sox will have plenty of other newcomers battling with Oscar Colas for right field and a fourth outfielder role. That being said, Shaw could realistically earn his way to Triple-A Charlotte with a solid performance in the early going.
White Sox pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on February 15, with the rest of the team following on February 20.
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another garbage pick signing by the Sox.