5 Cubs prospects that took a step forward - 4. Matt Shaw
After being drafted 13th overall in the 2023 MLB draft, Matt Shaw quickly proved the Cubs made no mistakes taking a primary shortstop when they have Dansby Swanson locked up for years to come. He is the reason why the Cubs won't go shopping for a long-term third baseman this winter, as his rapid ascent up the minor leagues this season has him looking like a candidate we could see as early as late 2024 in Chicago.
In High-A, where we spent just 20 games before being promoted, Shaw slashed .393/.427/.655 with a 197 wRC+. In Double-A, .292/.329/.523 with a 120 wRC+ in 15 games. Shaw's bat-to-ball skills have always been evident, and his fielding has earned him awards such as shortstop of the year in college. What's important is understanding how he fits into the Cubs' plans at the major league level. In Tennessee, Shaw spent 11 of his 15 games between second and third base. He is certainly being primed to play all around the infield, and his .98% fielding percentage in Double-A between 2B and 3B proves he is more than capable of doing so. He is already #96 on MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospects.