With the 800th pick in the 26th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, the New York Mets on Wednesday selected Chris Shaw, the standout first baseman and pitcher from .
News of Shaw’s selection comes less than a week after the .
A perennial all-star and league MVP who swatted 7 home runs and struck out 95 this season for the Minutemen, Shaw's selection was no accident – but it may have almost caused one.
According to ESPNBoston, Shaw was on his way to practice with the Nashua Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League when he heard the news.
“I laid on the horn and punched my sun roof – I probably dented it,” Shaw told ESPNBoston. “I was going nuts. … I was pumped up, I was really excited.”
According to BC Interruption, an unofficial BC Eagles blog, Shaw was one of three current or future Eagles selected in the draft.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected shortstop Anthony Melchionda in Rd. 14, and right-hander Matt Brazis was taken in the 28th round by the Seattle Mariners. Both of those players have finished their collegiate careers and are headed for their new teams’ farm systems, according to BC Interruption, but Shaw appears to be Boston College bound.
“I’m planning on honoring my commitment,” Shaw told ESPNBoston, reportedly saying the $100,000 teams are allowed to offer players taken after the 10th round is “not enough to pass up” going to BC.
Both blogs said Shaw, a 6-foot-three, 230-pounder with a sweet lefty swing and ample pop in his bat, has talent enough to have been taken higher in the draft, but new rules and his commitment to BC likely caused his draft stock to drop.
Whether Shaw graduates from Minuteman to Eagle or Amazin’ Met, the fact he was drafted to the Bigs is an accomplishment in and of itself.
“Whether or not I sign, that’s something in your entire life that you work for,” Shaw told ESPNBoston. “You always strive to be a Major League baseball player, and just to even have that option now, it’s a surreal feeling. It’s awesome.”