Chapman, Matt

2014 Draft Profile: Matt Chapman

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School: Cal State Fullerton; Class: Junior

Position: 3B/RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 215 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A


Background: A consistent performer as a true freshman (.286/.340/.370), Chapman’s power took a rather large developmental step forward last season, slugging 11 doubles, three triples, and five homeruns en route to hitting .285/.415/.457. That production led to his inclusion on Team USA last summer, where he finished with the second most doubles (6) and walks (14) while hitting .278/.396/.361.

Chapman has continued to show his offensive progress this season for the Titans, posting career highs in AVG (.318), OBP (.417), SLG (.511), doubles (14), and homeruns (6).


Projection: Now the bad news: the Titans’ home ballpark is incredibly hitter-friendly, so much so, in fact, that his 2013 park adjusted wOBA (according is 13 points lower than his raw total (.394 to .381). On the positive side, Chapman’s power is solid-average with the potential to peak in the 17- to 20-HR range; the plate discipline is decent, as is the hit tool.

If everything breaks right, Chapman could development into a league average regular (depending upon his defense). Nice solid prospect, far from elite.


Ceiling: 1.5- to 2. 0-win player

Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Draft Projection: Third Round


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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at:

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