CJ Abrams
19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The same six hitters were at the top of most team's draft boards in June, and while Abrams was the last of the six to get drafted (sixth overall), he had the most impressive statistical debut. An athletic prep shortstop with plus-plus speed, Abrams' bat-to-ball ability was on full display in the AZL. He logged a 9.0 K% and had as many steals (14) as strikeouts in 32 games. Abrams won the AZL's batting title and MVP award and his 189 wRC+ was the league's second-best mark. His hit tool and speed were as advertised, but he exceeded expectations in the power department (.261 ISO) and should grow into more thump as he fills out his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. The plan was for him to spend the final month at Low-A, but a shoulder injury cut his season short just days after receiving that promotion. Some evaluators think he will eventually move to center field, but there are no real fantasy-relevant concerns. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Padres in June of 2019 that includes a $5.2 million signing bonus.
Unlikely to reach majors in 2020
SSSan Diego Padres  A
May 13, 2020
Abrams could be named to the taxi squad under the current MLB proposal for a 2020 season, but he is unlikely to see big-league playing time during the campaign, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Per Lin, "a couple of staffers have suggested that if any A-ball player could make the jump in an emergency, Abrams might lead the list." However, the prospect's lack of experience -- he has played in only 34 professional games -- makes such a scenario unlikely. Abrams' service-time clock must also be taken into consideration as the 19-year-old was slated to open the season in Low-A ball, making a sudden jump to the majors contrary to the Padres' interests.
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Staying active during hiatus
SSSan Diego Padres  A
May 7, 2020
Abrams has been playing catch, practicing hitting and performing various workouts during the suspension of play, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Healthy to begin campaign
SSSan Diego Padres  A
March 15, 2020
Abrams has recovered from a bone bruise in his shoulder and was participating in minor-league camp -- including playing games on the back field of the Padres' spring training complex, per Nick Recchia of FriarLounge -- before camp was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Named AZL MVP
SSSan Diego Padres  A
Shoulder
September 4, 2019
Abrams (shoulder) was named the MVP of the rookie-level Arizona League, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Diagnosed with bone bruise
SSSan Diego Padres  A
Shoulder
August 10, 2019
Abrams is likely to miss two weeks after tests on his shoulder indicated a bone bruise, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Moves up to Midwest League
SSSan Diego Padres  A
August 6, 2019
The Padres promoted Abrams from their rookie-level Arizona League affiliate to Low-A Fort Wayne on Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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