CJ Chatham Lowell Spinners  |  Shortstop

     
 

Age: 22
Born: December 22, 1994
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida Atlantic
High School: American Heritage (FL)
ETA: 2019

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

Physical Description: Good frame. Larger than a typical middle infielder. Athletic. Some projection remaining in lower half. Looks listed height and weight.  

Hit: Starts in an open, vertical stance. Slight trunk twist in load. Level swing, quick hands. Good separation in swing. Slightly above-average bat speed. Inconsistent swing path. Long limbs, can struggle to stay inside the ball at times. Approach on the raw side for a college draftee. Has some trouble with spin and is on the aggressive side. Likes to put the ball in play and attack early in the count. Potential average hit tool.

Power: Will show solid average raw power in batting practice. Projects to have fringe average game power, capable of hitting 12-14 home runs a year with 20+ doubles in his peak. Power is mostly to the pull side. 

Arm: Plus arm, able to make all the throws from shortstop.

Field: Solid instincts and feel for shortstop. Atypical size for a shortstop. Doesn’t get by on quick twitch athleticism, but rather long strides that allow him to cover ground to both sides and when charging the ball. Solid footwork, soft hands. Smooth fielder. Projects as a solid average-to-better defender and should be able to stick at shortstop long term.

Run: Average speed. Runs stiff. Not a threat to steal bases, but once he gets moving can go first to third on a single.

Career Notes: Played travel baseball in high school with current Red Sox minor leaguers Nick Longhi and Shaun Anderson. Garnered interest of MLB clubs, including the Red Sox, as a pitcher out of high school, where he reached 96 mph as his team's closer. Initially committed to Florida Atlantic as a left fielder, but played third base as a freshman before moving to shortstop. Missed about a month after signing when a post-draft physical revealed he had broken his thumb during the NCAA Regionals. Attended 2016 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Potential second division everyday player. Won’t stand out in any particular category, but won’t hurt a team either. Type of player where the sum of all parts make the player. Not flashy, but consistent, professional performer. Even though he is bigger than the average shortstop, should be able to stick at the position long-term. Potential to play at least average defense at shortstop with a plus arm and hit in the .260-.280 range with double-digit home runs. 

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2014 Florida Atlantic NCAA Coll --- 19 53 200 27 60 11 0 4 26 83 8 39 1 1 0.300 0.336 0.415 0.751
  2015 Florida Atlantic NCAA Coll --- 20 60 230 44 77 22 3 3 44 114 10 28 3 3 0.335 0.361 0.496 0.857
  2016 Florida Atlantic NCAA Coll --- 21 58 249 48 89 17 4 8 50 138 23 36 2 1 0.357 0.422 0.554 0.976
  2016 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 21 8 24 2 4 2 0 1 2 9 0 7 0 0 0.167 0.200 0.375 0.575
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 27 108 19 28 4 1 4 19 46 8 20 0 1 0.259 0.322 0.426 0.748
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 15, 2016 (Bos)
Signing Bonus: $1,100,000
MiLB Debut: July 15, 2016 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2019
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Baseball America Second Team All-American (2016)
Conference USA Player of the Year (2016)
Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
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