• Full name Matthew James Shaw
  • Born 11/06/2001 in Springfield, MA
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Maryland
  • Drafted in the 1st round (13th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2023 (signed for $4,848,500).
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    School: Maryland Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7
    BA Grade:55/High
    Tools:Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 55. Field: 45. Arm: 45.

    A highly-competitive middle infielder, Shaw started his career as the everyday second baseman for Maryland as a freshman in 2021, before assuming the starting shortstop role in his sophomore year. Shaw has been a powerful hitter throughout his collegiate career and broke Maryland’s program home run record in 2023, while also blitzing through the Cape Cod League in 2022, where he ranked as the No. 1 prospect. He is listed at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, but has significantly more strength than you’d expect from that frame thanks to snap-quick hands and immense wrist and forearm strength. He hit .344/.447/.695 in 61 games in 2023, with 23 home runs and 20 doubles, a 13.8% walk rate and 13.5% strikeout rate. Shaw has a closed stance and large leg kick but his bat speed and strength allow him to drive the ball to all fields with authority and he wore out the right-center gap with home run power as a junior, with a 90th percentile exit velocity around 107 mph. After struggling with contact against secondaries as a freshman and sophomore, Shaw improved significantly in that area in 2023, though he does still expand the strike zone a bit too much. He’s an above-average runner with standout baserunning instincts and went 18-for-19 (94.7%) on the bases in 2023. Shaw should have the defensive ability to stick on the infield, but there’s skepticism that shortstop is his long-term home. He should be fine as a serviceable second baseman with fringe-average arm strength.

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Career Transactions

  • SS Matt Shaw assigned to South Bend Cubs from ACL Cubs.
  • SS Matt Shaw assigned to South Bend Cubs from ACL Cubs.
  • South Bend Cubs activated SS Matt Shaw.
  • SS Matt Shaw assigned to ACL Cubs.
  • Chicago Cubs signed SS Matt Shaw.
  • SS Matt Shaw assigned to College Workout.

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