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C.J. Chatham
Trending: ↑ 18%
SS | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 185LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 2, #51, Boston Red Sox | Florida Atlantic
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 91 86 11 26 2 10 0 .302 .330 .430 .760
Career Minors 1106 1024 131 305 14 124 18 .298 .337 .402 .739
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .302 2 10 0 .760
Career Minors .298 14 124 18 .739

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 2 Teams Minors 35 146 132 21 32 6 1 5 21 8 27 0 1 3 .242 .299 .417 .715
2016 GCL Red Sox GCL ROK 8 25 24 2 4 2 0 1 2 0 7 0 0 1 .167 .200 .375 .575
2016 Lowell Spinners NYP A(Short) 27 121 108 19 28 4 1 4 19 8 20 0 1 2 .259 .319 .426 .745
2017 2 Teams Minors 7 21 19 5 6 0 0 1 5 2 1 0 1 0 .316 .381 .474 .855
2017 Greenville Drive SAL A(Full) 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
2017 GCL Red Sox GCL ROK 6 18 16 5 5 0 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 .313 .389 .500 .889
2018 2 Teams Minors 114 472 437 55 137 20 2 3 52 24 86 11 5 4 .314 .350 .389 .739
2018 Greenville Drive SAL A(Full) 19 80 75 13 23 6 1 0 9 3 14 1 1 0 .307 .329 .413 .742
2018 Salem Red Sox CAR A(Adv) 95 392 362 42 114 14 1 3 43 21 72 10 4 4 .315 .355 .384 .739
2019 2 Teams Minors 110 467 436 50 130 31 1 5 46 22 87 7 1 3 .298 .333 .408 .741
2019 Portland Sea Dogs EAS AA 90 376 350 39 104 26 1 3 36 18 66 7 1 3 .297 .333 .403 .736
2019 Pawtucket Red Sox INT AAA 20 91 86 11 26 5 0 2 10 4 21 0 0 0 .302 .330 .430 .760

Scouting Report

2020

Chatham was an outfielder who flashed a mid-90s fastball as a reliever at American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.), a program that has spawned four big leaguers and five first-round choices, including 2018 Red Sox pick Triston Casas. Chatham moved to shortstop at Florida Atlantic and became the highest pick in school history, signing for $1.1 million as a second-rounder in 2016. Hamstring injuries limited him to seven games in his first full pro season and cost him three weeks in 2019, when he posted a career-high .741 OPS and reached Triple-A.

A career .298 hitter in his first four pro seasons, Chatham has an extremely contact-oriented approach. He sprays line drives to all fields with a flat right-handed swing, rarely driving the ball in the air and putting the bat on the ball so easily that he doesn't walk much. Most of his offensive value will come from his batting average.

An average runner, Chatham covers ground at shortstop with a quick first step and good instincts. His strong arm and reliable hands also fit at short and allow him to play anywhere in the infield. He has a higher floor than most Boston prospects but projects more as a utility man unless he develops some more pop or on-base ability.



2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

Chatham was an outfielder who flashed a mid-90s fastball as a reliever at American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.), which has produced four big leaguers and five first-round picks, including 2018 Red Sox choice Triston Casas. Chatham went to Florida Atlantic, where he moved to shortstop and blossomed into the highest pick in school history (51st overall) as well as the Conference USA player and defensive player of the year in 2016. Persistent hamstring injuries limited him to seven games during his first full pro season, but he stayed healthy in 2018 and finished second in the Class A Advanced Carolina League batting race at .315.

Chatham's most valuable attribute is his ability to make consistent line-drive contact. He hinted at average raw power as an amateur that has yet to translate to home run production as a pro, though Boston hopes he can unlock more pop if he adds some strength to his lanky frame and some loft to his relatively flat right-handed swing. He has average speed and is effective on the bases, albeit not much of a threat to steal.

His instincts and quick first step allow Chatham to cover ground and get the job done at shortstop. He still has a strong arm and soft hands, and he should be able to play second or third base if needed. He has one of the higher floors among Red Sox position prospects and a decent upside as a reliable if unspectacular regular.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

Chatham led Florida Atlantic to its first-ever Conference USA regular-season title in 2016, winning accolades as the league's player and defensive player of the year while playing through a broken hamate in his right hand. The Red Sox made him the highest pick in Owls history, signing him for $1.1 million as the 51st overall choice, but haven't gotten to see much of him yet. The hamate injury hampered him during his pro debut, while repeated hamstring issues limited him to just seven games in 2017. 

Though he's just an average runner and taller than most shortstops at 6-foot-4, Chatham shouldn't have to move from shortstop. His instincts and quick first step improve his range, and his strong, accurate arm allows him to make all of the throws. If he winds up shifting to second base, he still should provide enough offense to profile as an everyday player.

Chatham has a track record of making consistent line-drive contract from the right side of the plate, though he could use some more patience to draw more walks. His size gives him good leverage and more raw power than most shortstops, and he could produce 30 doubles and 12-15 homers annually. He won't steal many bases but is an effective runner.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

Despite playing with a right hand injury eventually diagnosed as a broken hamate bone, Chatham led Florida Atlantic to its first-ever Conference USA regular-season title in 2016, earning league player-of-the-year and defensive-player-of-the-year recognition along the way. The first college shortstop drafted in 2016 and the highest pick in school history, he went 51st overall and signed for $1.1 million. His hamate injury hampered him early in his debut but he hit .320 with four homers in his final two weeks, and then he missed most of the first three months of the 2017 season with repeated hamstring issues.

Taller than most shortstops at 6-foot-4 and possessing just average speed, Chatham nevertheless should be able to stick at the position. His quick first step and his instincts enhance his range, and he has the strong, accurate arm to make any throw necessary. If he does have to move, he has enough bat to still profile as a regular at second base.

Chatham has a track record of making consistent contact and could produce solid batting averages if he improves his patience at the plate. He has more raw power than the typical shortstop, thanks to the leverage in his right-handed swing, and should be good for double-digit home runs and plenty of doubles on an annual basis. He's not a threat to steal but runs the bases well.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/17/2020 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Red Sox Alternate Training Site from Pawtucket Red Sox.
03/08/2020 Boston Red Sox optioned SS C.J. Chatham to Pawtucket Red Sox.
11/20/2019 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of SS C.J. Chatham from Pawtucket Red Sox.
08/28/2019 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Peoria Javelinas.
08/13/2019 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox from Portland Sea Dogs.
06/15/2019 Portland Sea Dogs activated SS C.J. Chatham from the 7-day injured list.
05/24/2019 Portland Sea Dogs placed SS C.J. Chatham on the 7-day injured list retroactive to May 23, 2019.
04/02/2019 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Portland Sea Dogs from Salem Red Sox.
01/10/2019 Boston Red Sox invited non-roster SS C.J. Chatham to spring training.
06/16/2018 Salem Red Sox activated SS C.J. Chatham from the 7-day injured list.
06/09/2018 Salem Red Sox placed SS C.J. Chatham on the 7-day disabled list.
05/08/2018 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Salem Red Sox from Greenville Drive.
09/27/2017 Greenville Drive activated DH C.J. Chatham from the 7-day disabled list.
07/10/2017 Greenville Drive sent SS C.J. Chatham on a rehab assignment to GCL Red Sox.
05/24/2017 Greenville Drive placed SS C.J. Chatham on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 20, 2017.
05/19/2017 Greenville Drive activated SS C.J. Chatham from the 7-day disabled list.
04/06/2017 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners.
07/30/2016 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to Lowell Spinners from GCL Red Sox.
07/15/2016 SS C.J. Chatham assigned to GCL Red Sox.
06/18/2016 Boston Red Sox signed SS C.J. Chatham.