Matt Chapman

Position: 3B
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Midland RockHounds
Age: 23 yrs, 0 m
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#25 overall), 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK)

Prospect Spotlight

Chapman put together three strong series at the plate against Corpus Christi and San Antonio, slashing .283/.333/.623 over those 12 games, before cooling down this week in a four-game set at Frisco. His calling card is his defensive work, which features a double-plus arm and slick glove work at the hot corner. Chapman has shown intriguing raw power in the past, as evidenced by the 23 home runs he launched in the Midwest League last summer, and he’s already hit seven round-trippers over his first 22 games this year.

There are still some questions on his ability to make consistent contact, though he is showing an understanding of the zone and he’s working a free base in 14.3% of his plate appearances. Should he show that he can hit consistently enough to tap into his power in-game over the course of a season, it will go a long way in improving his stock. – Mauricio Rubio