SS CJ Abrams
Abrams, MLB’s No. 25 and San Diego’s No. 2 prospect, was drafted No. 6 overall in 2019 out of Blessed Trinity Catholic High in Roswell, Georgia, for $5.2 million. Although he only has one season of experience, Abrams finds himself on the Padres’ 60-man roster, along with Gore, Patiño, Campusano, and Trammell.
Abrams, a 6-foot-2 left-handed hitting shortstop, has elite speed. His running is an 80 grade, according to his scouting report. His other attributes — hitting, 60, fielding, 55, arm, 55, power, 50 — are all considerably weaker, but still above average. Abrams’ overall grade is 55.
Abrams’ speed and hitting ability make him a dangerous opponent to face in the batter’s box. In his first 34 games with two teams, the AZL Padres 1 and Class-A affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps, Abrams slashed .393/.442/.662 with 13 doubles, 8 triples, 3 home runs, and 15 stolen bases. Most impressively, Abrams only struck out 14 times and walked 11 times, showing excellent plate discipline skills.
With the new extra innings rule being implemented for the 2020 season with a runner starting each half inning on second base, I see Abrams being used as a pinch runner in many situations while also getting the occasional start when Tatis Jr. or Machado needs some rest.
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