CJ Chatham Pawtucket Sea Dogs Shortstop

       
 
Age: 24
Born: December 22, 1994
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 2nd round, 2016 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida Atlantic
High School: American Heritage (FL)
ETA: Mid 2020

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Pronunciation: CHAT-um
First Pro Contract: June 15, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Willie Romay
Signing Bonus: $1,100,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2019
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
   
Pro Debut: July 15, 2016 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @CjChatham
Instagram: @chatpiecenugget10

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Good frame. Larger than a typical middle infielder. Athletic. Long limbs, high waist. Some projection remaining in lower half. Looks listed height and weight.

Hit: Starts in a slightly open, vertical stance. Slight trunk twist in load. Level swing with 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. Approach is on the aggressive side—likes to put the ball in play and attack early in the count. Doesn't walk much. Potential average hit tool.

Power: Will show average raw power in batting practice, but doesn't carry over into games where he utilizes a line drive approach. Projects to have below-average game power, capable of hitting 10 or so home runs a year with 20+ doubles in his peak. Power is mostly to the pull side.

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

Field: Solid instincts and feel for shortstop. Quick first step and long strides allow him to cover ground quickly to both sides and when charging the ball. Solid footwork and soft hands. Smooth fielder. Projects as a solid-average-to-better defender and should be able to stick at shortstop long-term.
  Arm: Plus arm. Able to make all the throws from shortstop.

Career
Notes: Played travel baseball in high school with former 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, reaching 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 and 2018 Fall Instructional League. Missed almost the entire 2017 season as the result of a hamstring injury suffered late in spring training that reoccurred each time he tried to make a comeback. Missed the start of the 2018 season with a hamstring injury. Invited to major leage spring training in 2019.

Summation: Projects as a solid utility type with the ceiling of a second-division regular who is carried by his defense. Won't stand out in any particular category, but won't hurt a team either. Type of player where the sum of the parts make the player. Not flashy, but is a 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 short with a plus arm and hit in the .260-.280 range with double-digit home runs.

Links
Chatham using size to his advantage... (3.28.17)
 
   
     
    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
  2017 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 22 6 16 5 5 0 0 1 3 8 2 1 0 0 0.313 0.389 0.500 0.889
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 23 19 75 13 23 6 1 0 9 31 3 14 1 1 0.307 0.329 0.413 0.742
2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 85 362 42 114 14 1 3 43 139 21 72 10 4 0.315 0.355 0.384 0.739
   
     
    2019 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2019 Portland East AA Bos 24 90 350 39 104 26 1 3 36 141 18 66 7 1 0.297 0.333 .0.403 0.736
2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Baseball America Second Team All-American (2016)
Conference USA Player of the Year (2016)
Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year
  2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Comeback Player of the Year
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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