Chicago Cubs Minor League Recap: Matt Shaw is too good for Double-A pitching

The Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates didn't have a great week in terms of wins and losses, but Matt Shaw and Moises Ballesteros had stellar individual performances.
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Hitter of the Week

Matt Shaw

3B (AA Tennessee Smokies)

.278/.458/.611 2 HR, 4 R, 4 RBI, 5/4 BB/K, 2/3 SB

Last week, Matt Shaw was the prospect of the week in the Cubs’ system. Not much has changed over the last seven days because he’s still making it his goal to destroy the confidence of opposing pitching. 

In the ten games he’s played so far this season he’s only failed to get on base in one of them. He has as many walks (9) as strikeouts. His OPS is well over 1.000 and he’s playing a position that the Cubs may need an answer to if they don’t believe that Christopher Morel’s defense is improving enough. 

Keep in mind, this is a player that, to this point in their career, is even more dominant than former Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant.

We said this last week, but it continues to ring true: “this team has pushed some of it’s chips into the middle on this season and it may behoove them to see if Shaw can play third base at the Major League level sooner rather than later.”