Chatham was traded from Boston to Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Chatham may have a big-league future but doesn't look set for stardom. The 26-year-old was part of the Red Sox's player pool last season but didn't get the chance to make his big-league debut. He's only played 20 games at the Triple-A level, posting a 92 wRC+. Chatham has a classic bench infielder profile, as he makes decent contact and can play a fine shortstop but has very little power, hitting .298/.337/.402 over four minor-league seasons. He'll be in the mix for a bench spot with the Phillies this spring but is unlikely to be an exciting fantasy option even if he winds up with unexpected playing time.
Chatham was added to the Red Sox's 60-man player pool.
Chatham was added to Boston's 40-man roster during the offseason, and he'll be in the mix for one of the added spots on the active roster to start the season. He can defend either position in the middle infield and is a contact hitter that's trending up at the plate, although the 25-year-old could stand to develop more power and learn how to take a walk.
Chatham is one of a few prospects that could land a spot on Boston's expanded roster, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
With speculation that minor league baseball may be canceled in 2020, there are reports that MLB teams will be able to expand rosters to 30 and could increase them by another 20 players with something akin to the NFL's practice squad. That creates an opportunity for Chatham, who was added to Boston's 40-man roster during the offseason. The 25-year-old shortstop added second base to his defensive profile in 2019, playing the position at Triple-A Pawtucket as well as in the Arizona Fall League. Second base has become a long-term spot of uncertainty due to Dustin Pedroia's lingering knee issues, so there could be a path for Chatham, who is considered the team's best pure hitting prospect by MLB.com. The knock on him is that he doesn't hit for much power and has an aggressive approach that limits getting on base. One of Chatham's stated goals in 2020 is to add more walks, plus he is coming off a season where he had more extra-base hits and total bases in 2019 than he did in 2018 in approximately the same number of at-bats.
Chatham made 12 starts at second base in the minors last season, then made another 10 starts there in the Arizona Fall League, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
The report discussed Boston's long-term options to replace Dustin Pedroia (knee) at second base, and Chatham was among the candidates along with Michael Chavis and Jeter Downs. The 25-year-old Chatham, who was a second-round pick as a shortstop in 2016, hits both lefties and righties but not for much power. Baseball America says he "is at least a big league reserve" and could be an everyday player, "if he adds offensive impact." The 6-foot-4 infielder hits to all fields and has a career .298 average in the minors.
Chatham (shoulder) will start at shortstop in Saturday's spring game against the Yankees, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
Chatham has served as the DH a couple times since being scratched with a sore shoulder just over a week ago, but he will occupy a spot in the infield Saturday, indicating he has put the injury behind him. Chatham will hit eighth in Saturday's batting order.
Chatham (shoulder) will serve as the Red Sox's designated hitter and will bat sixth in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Chatham is finally ready to make his spring debut after he was scratched from the lineup ahead of Boston's exhibition opener last week due to a sore right shoulder. Assuming he responds well to DH duties and is able to resume throwing without any complications in the near future, Chatham should get an opportunity to play in the field later in Boston's Grapefruit League slate.
Chatham was scratched from the lineup for Friday's exhibition game against Northeastern University due to a sore right shoulder, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.
The issue doesn't appear to be overly serious and probably won't affect Chatham's readiness for Opening Day. He's likely to spend that day in the minors, as he's played only 20 games at the Triple-A level.
Chatham was added to the Red Sox's 40-man roster Wednesday.
Chatham will no longer be eligible for selection in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He should have a shot to make his debut at some point this season, though he's played just 20 games at the Triple-A level, where he recorded a 92 wRC+.
Chatham has made 11 starts at second base this season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Chatham's name gets thrown into the mix as a possible replacement for Dustin Pedroia (knee). If Pedroia decides his future doesn't include playing baseball, Chatham joins Marco Hernandez, Michael Chavis and Brock Holt (if re-signed) as candidates to play second base next season. The 24-year-old, who has played primarily at shortstop, is having a nice season, slashing .291/.326/.405 over 104 games. The power numbers aren't there yet, but the 6-foot-4 infielder has the size to add that feature to his game.
Chatham was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
The 24-year-old shortstop hit .297/.333/.403 with three home runs and seven steals in 90 games at Double-A. He has a chance to be a shortstop with a plus hit tool, which is a good place to start, but he is just an average runner, so he will need to start tapping into double-digit homer power to profile as a potential regular at the big-league level.
Chatham went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI, a run scored and a walk in Sunday's game against Minnesota.
Chatham doubled with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to drive home three, pushing Boston's lead to six. He's gone 3-for-11 with four RBI and two runs scored so far this spring.
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.
Chatham (hamstring) has begun a rehabilitation assignment with Boston's affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, Jim Crowell of SoxProspects.com reports.
Chatham, who has been limited to just one game this season due to the injury, has played three games for the GCL Red Sox, going 2-for-8 with a run and a walk.
Chatham (hamstring) is back on the DL at Low-A Greenville.
He missed the first five weeks of the minor-league season with a hamstring injury and returned for just one game before landing back on the DL, presumably by re-injuring his hamstring. Consider Chatham out indefinitely.
Chatham (hamstring) returned Friday for Low-A Greenville, going 1-for-3 with two RBI.
He missed the first six weeks of the season with a strained hamstring. A 22-year-old shortstop, Chatham is older than most notable prospects at Low-A, so he will need to hit a lot in order to improve his prospect stock after posting a 123 wRC+ in short-season ball last season.
Chatham is sidelined at Low-A Greenville with a strained hamstring, MLB.com's Jim Callis reports.
He suffered the injury right at the end of minor-league camp, and the hope is that he will be able to return to action later this month. In a suddenly shallow system, Chatham stands out as someone capable of sticking at shortstop, but his bat might be a little light, and he could grow out of what is currently average speed. He dealt with wrist/hand issues last year, so it would be nice if he could get fully healthy for a significant stretch.
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|2017||R-GCL Red Sox||6||16||5||5||0||0||1||3||2||1||0||0||.312||.389||.500|
|2018||AFA-Salem Red Sox||95||362||42||114||14||1||3||43||21||72||10||4||.315||.355||.384|
|2019||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||20||86||11||26||5||0||2||10||4||21||0||0||.302||.330||.430|
|2019||AAX-Portland Sea Dogs||90||350||39||104||26||1||3||36||18||66||7||1||.297||.333||.403|