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Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in
the 8th round of the 2007 Draft.
R T: R / Height:
6' 4" / Weight:
february 27, 1984
Team/League: Williamsport (14 g)
in 2007: 14 g / 14 gs
Oral Roberts University
Pitching Style: Chance Chapman tends to go right after hitters and
throws strikes. A real key for Chapman is to keep the ball down in the zone,
which he has done well in both college and the pros. Last season, he allowed
just one home run in just under 80 innings of work for Williamsport and also
allowed just 20 walks. While Oral Roberts University isn't exactly the cream of
the crop of college baseball institutions, Chapman made his mark there,
finishing his college career as the school's all-time ERA leader. In his first
pro season, Chapman recorded almost two ground ball outs for every fly ball out.
Projection: The Phillies love Chapman's arm and he should be able to
stick as a starter rather than moving to the bullpen. It will be tempting to put
him into a relief role because he gets a good amount of ground balls, has a
pretty high strikeout ratio and keeps the ball in the park. He pitched well at
Williamsport and figures to have a shot at starting the season in Lakewood's
starting rotation in 2008. While it's difficult to project just how high Chapman
will be able to climb, scouts believe that he has at least a better than average
shot at winding up as a middle-of-the-rotation starter at the Major League
level. He keeps the ball down and that's exactly what the Phillies are looking
for. Keep in mind too, that since the Phillies have some pretty good starting
pitching ahead of Chapman, they have time to be patient. The other alternative
is that with the depth of starting pitching, they may give into temptation and
put him in a relief role, figuring that he won't need any extra time to develop
and that there may not be a spot for him when he would be ready.
What else you should know about Chance Chapman:
- Chapman's stepfather, Dan Marple played for Detroit, Oakland and
- Had a four-game stretch where he posted a 0.71 ERA late in the season and
lowered his ERA to 1.86 before pushing it back up when he struggled in his
final start of the 2007 season.
Chance Chapman's career stats