SAN FRANCISCO -- After giving time to Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson, the Giants have a different young hitter (Austin Slater) atop the depth chart in left field. The same holds true at third base, where Jae-Gyun Hwang is the current starter after falling behind rookies Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones early in the season. There's a new player on top of the organization's top prospects list, too.
According to Baseball America, Chris Shaw is now the top-rated prospect in the system, and he's the lone member of the organiation on the midseason Top 100 list released Friday. Shaw comes in at No. 86 after not making the list in the preseason.
The 23-year-old has split his season between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento, playing 37 games at each level. He hit .301/.390/.511 at Richmond before a promotion, and he's batting .299/.322/.549 since. Shaw has 14 homers and 20 doubles in 74 total games, and he had a stretch last week where he hit five blasts in five games for the River Cats.
Shaw has been playing left field this season, with the organization hopeful that he can be a full-time outfielder going forward after initially playing first base in the minors. When Shaw was promoted, general manager Bobby Evans said a 2017 cameo was unlikely because Shaw does not have to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2018 season. But Evans left the door open for Shaw to force the issue with his results, and if the Giants feel he'll be ready to stick in the big leagues next season, it's possible Shaw get a look in September.
Tyler Beede was the only Giant on Baseball America's preseason list, coming in at No. 89. Beede has battled inconsistency at Triple-A, where he has a 5.01 ERA in 17 starts. Two of his last three starts have been good ones, though, and he's expected to get a taste of the big leagues at some point this season.