Sunday, December 2, 2018

Scouting the 2019 Draft: CJ Abrams

CJ Abrams, SS, HS.  B-L, T-R.  6'2", 180 lbs.

Abrams is a lean, wiry athlete with 5 tools out of Georgia.  He's thin enough now that his uniform kind of hangs off him but the frame looks like it can handle more bulk.  He is extremely fast with a 6.24 60 yd dash time and routinely gets down to first base in under 4 secs.  Velocity on IF throws is 91 MPH so he has the arm to stick at SS.  Power is more gap at this point but with upside.

On video the swing is pretty simple with minimal load.  He slide steps the front foot.  There is some wrap at the beginning of the swing and it looks a bit long to me, but is smooth and athletic looking.  He stops just short of barring his right arm.  He just looks a bit more raw to me than Bobby Witt Jr. but some analysts think he could surpass Junior on draft boards if his bat continues to develop.


DrB's Updated 2019 Draft Board:

1.  Bobby Witt Jr., SS, HS.

2.  Adley Rutschman, C, College(Oregon St).

3.  CJ Abrams, SS, HS.


  1. I'm interested in your review of Riley Greene & Corbin Carroll. I love Carroll's easy swing. So far, I haven't found a pitcher I'm crazy about at either level... but it's WAY early.

    Cove Chatter

    1. Pitching seems to be very weak in this draft, both HS and college. It's kind of telling that Carter Stewart, who ran into problems with his physical and ended up not signing, is at or near the top of the 2019 draft pitcher rankings. The track record of that profile is not encouraging.

  2. 6-2 and 180 pounds is a good frame for a young up and coming pitcher but I have my doubts with young hitters who scouts project will fill in and become something he isnt yet. Just like Buxton and Profar and Robles this kid needs to fil out to reach his potential and who knows if he ever will in time. Hopefully he is gone by the time the 10th pick comes around and he becomes some other teams project.