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Matt Chapman

Born: 04/28/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 215
Primary Position: 3B
Strong kid, broad shoulders, well-proportioned; muscular, well filled-out, little physical projection remaining; machine-like in movements, lacks fluidity in running motion.
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 07/27/2015
Dates Seen 6/11-12, 7/24. 7/26
Affiliate Stockton Ports (High A, Athletics)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 Moderate 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Wide base, quiet at setup, slight crouch, front shoulder tucked in; minimal load, slight hitch, hands will drift forward at initiation of weight transfer; drops back shoulder, below-average barrel control; plus bat speed with leverage; minimal stride; timing issues, gets to his front side too quickly, loses fluidity in top half; can square velocity, vulnerable to change-ups and spin; propensity for weak fly ball contact; moderate command of the zone, will expand up, average recognition.
Power 60 7 raw; strength to all fields, high fly balls with backspin and extreme carry; in-game utility limited by hit tool.
Baserunning/Speed 45 4.28 on a dig; higher effort running motion, choppy strides with significant arm pump; aggressive runner will look to take the extra base, picks up coaches well, shows baserunning acumen.
Glove 55 Aggressive posture at set-up, small crow hop with consistent balance at pitch; quick feet, gets clean breaks to the ball, strong cross-over step; above-average lateral range; some stiffness to the ground, average mobility; improved receiving actions, softer to the ball; above-average charge and transfer.
Arm 70 Canon; well above-average arm strength, minimal tail, accurate; controls body well to release; makes up for some length in the setup with velocity.

Chapman possesses prodigious raw power to all fields, routinely producing majestic fly balls with tremendous carry in BP. The game utility is limited somewhat by his hit tool; he struggles to generate consistent balance and timing with his weight transfer. His below-average barrel delivery tends to produce weak fly ball contact that will limit his batting average potential. The offensive profile on the whole will play up modestly thanks to an above-average on-base profile. The defensive package does not present a glaring weakness and is highlighted by an impact arm that plays to its potential thanks to solid body control and consistent setup mechanics.

This is a relatively high probability prospect with the ability to develop into an above-average Major League third baseman with a well-rounded skill set.

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