CJ Chatham Salem Red Sox  |  Shortstop

     
 

Age: 23
Born: December 22, 1994
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height: 6-4
Weight: 194
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida Atlantic
High School: American Heritage (FL)
ETA: Late 2020

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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 solid-average raw power in batting practice. Projects to have below-average game power, capable of hitting 10-14 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. 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.

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.

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.

Summation: Ceiling of a 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 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.

 
   
  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 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0.316 0.381 0.474 0.855
  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 95 362 42 114 14 1 3 43 139 21 72 10 4 0.315 0.355 0.384 0.739
   
  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 2018):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): 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
2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Comeback Player of the Year

 

  

 
 

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