Where should Matt Chapma end up after spring training?
Oakland A’s prospect Matt Chapman is having a good spring. Actually, he’s having what some might call an incredible spring, and it’s not going unnoticed.
Everyone has noticed the sixth-ranked prospect in the A’s organization. It started with the fans and even his teammates, who line up to watch his batting practice everyday, to manager Bob Melvin, who is now giving Chapman quite a lot of playing time this March.
“He’s impressed us beyond what we expected at this point. I didn’t expect him to get this many at-bats,” Melvin said. “He’s earned them.”
Chapman, the A’s first pick and 25th overall in the 2014 amateur draft out of Cal-State Fullerton, is slated to start the regular season with Double-A Midland. However, with the way he’s played this spring, keeping up with experienced big- leaguers, he appears to deserve a spot in Triple-A, if not even on the big league club.
Overall, the body of Chapman’s work both offensively and defensively has been extremely impressive. It is getting him more time not just on the field but it’s getting him starts in games where he, like many of his peers, would normally be relegated to coming in to replace a big-leaguer in the later innings.
For more on Chapman’s performance this spring, you can read my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: