CJ Chatham   Shortstop

       
 
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)
   
Traded to Philadelphia for a PTBNL or cash (Jan. 2021)

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CJ Chatham photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: CHAT-um
First Pro Contract: June 15, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Willie Romay
Signing Bonus: $1,100,000
   
Pro Debut: July 15, 2016 (GCL)
MLB Debut: -
   
Twitter: @CjChatham
Instagram: @chatpiecenugget10

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Lean frame. Taller than a typical middle infielder. Long limbs, high waist. Average lower body, still could look to add strength. Looks listed height and weight.

Hit: Starts in a square stance. Used to stand vertical, but incorporated more of a crouch as he reached the upper levels of the minors, perhaps to attempt to create more upward plane. Has lowered hand position to his chest. Level swing with loose hands. Good separation in swing. Has consistently hit for high averages throughout his minor league career. Fringe-average bat speed. Inconsistent swing path. Long limbs, can struggle to stay inside the ball at times. 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 fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Will show below-average raw power in batting practice, but it does not carry over into games, where he utilizes a line drive approach. Projects to have well below-average game power, capable of hitting 5-10 home runs a year with 15-plus doubles at his peak if given a full season of at-bats. 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 average hands. Smooth fielder. Projects as a solid-average-to-better defender and should be able to stick at shortstop long-term. Began getting occasional time at second base in mid-2019 to expand his versatility, and got most of his playing time in the Arizona Fall League at second in addition to emergency starts at third base and left field out of necessity.
  Arm: Above-average arm. Able to make all the throws from shortstop when healthy. Has had recurring injury issues with his right shoulder that have at times robbed him of sufficient arm strength for the position.

Career Notes: Played travel baseball in high school with fellow Red Sox draftees Nick Longhi and Shaun Anderson. Reached 96 mph as his high school team’s closer, garnering the interest of MLB clubs, including the Red Sox. 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 due to a hamstring injury suffered late in spring training that recurred multiple times during comeback attempts, including once in his first game after being activated. Missed the start of the 2018 season with a hamstring injury. Received non-roster invitation to major league spring training in 2019. Has also dealt with recurring right shoulder issues, including in spring training 2020. Led Eastern League in batting average in 2019. Played at the Alternate Training Site in 2020.

Summation: Projects as an up-and-down player. Ceiling of an end-of-the-bench player carried by his defense and positional versatility. Doesn’t have much of a ceiling, development has somewhat stagnated in the high minors. Won't stand out in any particular category, but won't hurt a team either if called upon to fill a major league role. Type of player where the sum of the parts make the player. Not flashy, but is a consistent, professional performer.

Links
Chatham using size to his advantage... (3.28.17)
State of the System 2020: Middle Infielders (4.29.2020)
Scouting Report Update (6.1.2020)
Scouting Report Update (9.11.2020)
 
   
     
    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 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 20 86 11 26 5 0 2 10 37 4 21 0 0 0.302 0.330 0.430 0.760
  2019 Peoria AFL Fall Bos 24 18 70 12 17 5 0 0 9 22 5 16 4 0 0.243 0.289 0.314 0.604
  2019 Team USA --- --- --- 24 --- 24   7 3 0 0 0 10 0 3 0 0 0.292 0.292 0.417 0.709
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 25 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Phillies FCL Rk Phi 26 2 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0.286 0.250 0.286 0.536
  2021 Lehigh Valley TAE AAA Phi 26 50 155 20 42 6 1 3 23 59 13 27 0 1 0.271 0.347 0.381 0.727
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2016 Baseball America Second Team All-American
2016 Conference USA Player of the Year
2016 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year
2019 Eastern League Season-End All-Star
2019 Arizona Fall League Rising Star
  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
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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