CS Fullerton's Chapman injured

College : : Story
Kendall Rogers        
Published: Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Cal State Fullerton is one of few teams that will be in the mix for the top spot in the Perfect Game College Preseason Top 25 in 2014. In order to meet those expectations, the Titans certainly will need highly touted third baseman Matt Chapman to be healthy.


Chapman, however, has experienced a bump in the road, as he's expected to miss some of fall workouts because of an injury. Chapman played much of the summer with a ligament tear on his ring finger (right hand), and will have surgery, a procedure the Titans expect to occur sooner rather than later.


"He'll miss some of fall workouts, but he'll be fine," Cal State Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said. "He's a tough kid and he's been able to play through it the past couple of months. Now he'll get it operated on."


Despite Chapman's minor setback, the Titans are expecting big things from him in the spring. Chapman has always been an elite fielder with a great arm on the left side of the infield. However, his offensive skills are something that professional scouts would like to see take off in a few months. He finished the spring with a .285 batting average, five homers and 37 RBIs.


Meanwhile, this summer with Team USA, Chapman, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, hit .278 with 20 RBIs, earning the No. 13 spot in our USA Baseball Collegiate National Team summer prospect rankings. Also intriguing about Chapman is that he's expected to pitch for the Titans in '14, much like outfielder Michael Lorenzen this past spring. Chapman flashed a fastball in the 94-98 range for Team USA.


Vanderhook's Titans finished the 2013 college baseball season ranked No. 8 nationally by Perfect Game.


You can read our in-depth Team USA prospect reports, here.

Recent Related Articles
2016 MLB Draft recruiting impact
After the dust settled from the 2016 MLB Draft and the signing deadline Mike Rooney looks at a handful of programs that were ... READ 
Eight for Omaha 2017
A strong junior class, led by Alex Destino (p) and Clarke Schmidt, could help lead South Carolina back to the College World S... READ 
2016 PG College Baseball Awards
With the completion of the 2016 college baseball season Perfect Game and Rawlings name a Player, Pitcher, Freshman and Coach ... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
 



Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page
About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Site Map
Copyright 1994-2016 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.