Saturday, December 14, 2013

Scouting the Draft: Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman is a Christian Arroyo type guy who plays college ball for Cal State Fullerton.  He's a SS/3B in college who projects as a plus fielding 3B in the pros.  He's not big as ballplayers go, but solidly built at 6'1", 195 lbs.  On video, he has a quiet powerful swing with minimal load and a small slide step on the front end.  Here are his college numbers:

2012  .286/.340/.370 with 2 HR, 12 BB, 29 K in 189 AB.

2013  .285/.415/.457 with 5 HR, 34 BB, 29 K in 186 AB.

2012(Northwoods League)  .279/.379/.448 with 7 HR in 201 AB.

I see Chapman as being more of a 2'nd or 3'rd round talent.  BLF has him ranked at #26.  Matt Garrioch at Minor League Ball has him at #51.  BA has him ranked #14 on their college top 100 and has him listed at 6'2", 215 lbs.  BA also has him at #25 overall in their early draft top 50.

Chapman also pitches some and could move to the mound if the position thing doesn't work out.

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