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 CollegeSplits.com) 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


Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall via bigstory.ap.org.





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