Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50 via MLB.com
C.J. Chatham is someone to keep an eye on this Spring Training. At 25-years-old, Chatham is a seasoned middle infielder that could provide value right away. Boston drafted Chatham in the second round of the 2016 draft. I could see Chatham playing a similar role as Brock Holt did for so many years. His skill-set does not scream superstar, but he can be an important member of the Red Sox. Chatham could make the Opening Day roster if he proves that he is more valuable to the team than Jonathan Arauz. Either way, Chatham should make his MLB debut at some point in 2020.
Chatham had a strong 2019 campaign and was rewarded by a promotion to AAA for the last 20 games of the season. Between AA and AAA, Chatham hit .298 with 31 2B, 5 HR, 46 RBI’s and a .741 OPS in 110 games. Chatham has a level swing that has resulted in a lot of doubles. He is not a big power threat, but he can get on base consistently and rarely strikes out. His defense is above-average, partly thanks to his cannon of an arm. C.J. had a mid-90’s fastball in high school. Chatham will be a player to pay attention to as camp begins. He does not have the hype of a player like Bobby Dalbec, but he may beat him to the majors.