Chatham received an invite to major-league spring training Thursday. The shortstop prospect put together a solid hitting display in the low minors last season, finishing the year with a .314/.350/.389 with three home runs, 52 RBI and 11 stolen bases between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem. He also made contact over 80 percent of the time, but he benefitted from a BABIP in the .370's. Although he's already 24 years old, Chatham still has a bit of development to do in the minors before having a real chance to emerge at the major-league level.
Chatham (illness) was activated from the minor-league disabled list over the weekend. It ended up being a minimal (one week) stay on the shelf for Chatham, who was sidelined with a viral infection. The 23-year-old is 0-for-7 with a walk in two games since returning from the disabled list, but he's still batting a healthy .306/.344/.415 across 46 games with High-A Salem on the year.
Chatham was placed on the disabled list Saturday due to a viral infection, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. The young shortstop prospect has gotten off to a strong start this season, slashing .327/.370/.446 over 101 at-bats. Unfortunately, Chatham will be out for at least a week due to his viral infection, and there is no official timetable for his return at this time.
Chatham has hit safely in all three games thus far for Low-A Greenville, going 5-for-13 with a walk, a double, three RBI and three runs scored. Chatham is doing his best to put behind him a lost 2017, when he was limited to 19 at-bats because of recurring hamstring issues. The 23-year-old shortstop, who was drafted in the second round of 2016, doesn't have any quality that stands out as elite, but doesn't have any negatives to prevent him from being an everyday shortstop.
Chatham (hamstring) was able to fully participate in Fall Instructional camp, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. Chatham, a second-round draft pick in 2016, was limited to just 19 at-bats in 2017 because of recurring issues with the hamstring. With a year of development lost, the soon-to-be 23-year-old shortstop will repeat Low-A Greenville in 2018.
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