12/16/13

Draft 14 - A Quick Look - SS/3B - Matt Chapman - Cal-State Fullerton

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Matt Chapman

 

6-9-13 -  24. Matt Chapman, SS (Cal State Fullerton): By all indications, he has the tools to be a strong defender at short. Add in the fact that he already has a strong approach and solid pop, and he has a lot of all-around value. http://www.minorleaguerundown.com/2013/06/09/2014-mlb-draft-top-30-prospects/

 

6-16-13 -  Player:  Matt Chapman - Position:  SS/3B - School:  Cal State Fullerton - Date of Birth:  4/28/1993 - Height/Weight:  6’1/195 - Bats/Throws:  R/R - 2014 Class:  College Junior - Previously Drafted: - Scouting Report: Solid build  Square stance  Good approach at the plate  Above average bat speed  Lift in swing  Above average power  Strong defense  Comes in on the ball well  Shows a strong arm in the field

 

7-6-13 - Alex Bregman ‏@ABREG_1  - My roomie @MattyChapp (Matt Chapman) pitched for the first time last night in his life... Sat 97-99 with a 90 mph slider

 

7-17-13 –  Matt Chapman, 3B, Cal-State Fullerton - Chapman is not your protoypical 3B at 6'1", 195 lbs but he has a compact athletic build and an all fields line-drive approach at the plate.  There wasn't a lot of loft to his swing and that, combined with his modest size, leads me to think he isn't going to hit for a lot of power.  He was very good at 3B, showing good lateral movement to both sides, including a tremendous diving play to his left.  I wonder if perhaps he can change positions.  SS may be a stretch but he looked quick and athletic enough to maybe try 2B, where his bat would profile better. http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/07/looking-ahead-to-the-2014-and-2015-mlb-draft-notes-from-the-collegiate-national-team-games/

 

8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 45. Matt Chapman, 3B, Cal State Fullerton - The 6’-2”, 200-pound right-hander has a plus arm and enough range to stick at the hot corner. Whether or not the power will show up to remain there is up for debate. He does show an advanced approach at the plate, having drawn 34 walks to 29 strikeouts over 55 games as a sophomore. I got to see him play with The Collegiate National Team and really liked his line-drive swing. If the power comes this year, he could move up draft boards. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99    

 

9-3-13 - Kendall Rogers ‏@KendallRogersPG  - INJURY NEWS: CalStateFullerton 3B, top MLBDraft prospect Matt Chapman will have surgery to repair a torn ligament on ring finger.  HC Rick Vanderhook said he played through it this summer and will miss the start of fall workouts. Will be back though.

 

10-14-13 – Top ’14 College Hitters - 8. Matt Chapman / 3B / Cal-State Fullerton — Chapman is similar to his teammate Davis in that they both profile as corner-infielders with pitching as a fallback option, but Chapman is much more likely to stick at third base but doesn’t have near the offensive upside. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2013/10/top-14-for-14-college-hitters/

 

10-15-13 – Baseball America - 25. Matt Chapman, 3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton: His easy premium arm could push him to the mound if his bat doesn’t fit third-base profile. http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/2014-draft-top-50-october-2013-carlos-rodon/

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