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CJ Abrams

From the interview with Jim Callis ...

Speaking of  Abrams, MLB pipeline had his big strength listed as his “game-changing speed.”  Would game-changing speed be similar to Billy Hamilton, and is that his main reason he was rated a consensus top six pick?

Jim Callis: Speed is his most obvious tool because he can really really run.  I’ve heard more comparisons to Dee Gordon.  I don’t like the Billy Hamilton comp because Hamilton can really run, but he had zero impact at the plate.  CJ Abrams has good bat speed, some pop, good plate discipline, and could probably end up being a 10-15 home run guy with 50+ stolen bases.  I’d see him more as a stronger version of Dee Gordon.  He is an advanced hitter for a high school guy.  He has done the showcase circuit, he uses the whole field, he can drive the ball.  The speed jumps out, but he has plenty of other tools that get him ranked so high.

Does he stay at short?

Jim Callis:  That is a question.  There are mixed opinions on it.  He improved this year and is athletic enough to stay at the position.  However, he is not the most fluid or graceful shortstop. A lot of people think second or center field, but I’d imagine the Padres give him every opportunity to stay at short.

CF in San Diego in 2023?

For the record, from today's DFR ...

CJ Abrams started his professional career with a bang, as the Padres’ top draft pick homered and reached base five times on the opening night of the Arizona League. Abrams, 18, slashed singles to center in each of his first two at-bats, then yanked a pitch over the wall in right in his third trip to the plate. (Video below courtesy of Kim Contreras, who’s always worth a follow for AZL news at @Cu_As.) The dynamic switch-hitter was the sixth overall pick in the draft two weeks ago and is already widely regarded among the top 100 prospects in the game. 


The farm report lists him as a switch hitter, and perfect game stats lists him as LH hitter. Which is correct?

From today's DFR ...

AZL Padres-1 came back from a 7-1 deficit to win, thanks in large part to a three-run home run from first round pick CJ Abrams.  While Abrams lost his hitting streak last week, he now has a 10 game run scored streak, and has scored 37 times in 26 games.

From today's DFR ...

Ty France isn’t the only Padres minor leaguer with a .400 average. CJ Abrams is hitting .401 and leading the AZL. He’s hit in all but four of his 32 professional games and has only struck out 14 times in 152 plate appearances. His wRC+ is 183. He made his eleventh error tonight in 28 games in the field and has run into some outs stealing bases with 14 stolen bases in 20 attempts, but neither are major concerns at this point. Suffice it to say, the Padres are very happy with their first-round pick.

So am I understanding this Madfriars tweet correctly? CJ Abrams has been promoted to Ft Wayne?

0-for-4 as DH in full season debut ...,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=577443

Quote from sportwarrior on August 5, 2019, 4:50 pm

So am I understanding this Madfriars tweet correctly? CJ Abrams has been promoted to Ft Wayne?

Yup.  Skips Tri-City.  Think he's ready for it.

I love the fact that the Padres think he is ready for FW ... and they are pretty good in giving challenging moves without over reaching.

We will see the 1 month in low A but if he does well and does well in winter instructs ... and outside chance (outside mind you) that he starts 2020 in LE ... no one really in his way with the likelihood of  Arias and Edwards to AMA. That would allow the Padres to place Barley at SS in FW giving both prospects time to develop as a SS. Fair chance they see Abrams more advanced that Barley ... not sure who else would be a candidate for SS in 2020.