Oakland A's prospect Matt Chapman is expected to miss the start of the regular season. The A's 2014 first-round pick (25th overall) has been rehabbing a sprained LCL in his left knee for the past few weeks. He is expected to need at least a few more weeks to rehab the injury before he is ready to play in games.
Chapman injured the knee during a workout. He was expected to start the season with High-A Stockton, and he could report there once he is healthy.
Chapman went in the first round last season out of Cal-State Fullerton. He appeared in 54 regular season games during his pro debut, hitting a combined .246/.291/.401 for the A's Rookie League team, Low-A Beloit and Double-A Midland. Those numbers don't tell the whole story, however, as Chapman joined the RockHounds for the Texas League post-season and was the team post-season MVP when he hit .310/.375/.568 with two homers. The RockHounds won the Texas League title and Chapman secured the final out.
Chapman is a plus defender at third and has arguably the strongest throwing arm in the Oakland A's system amongst position players. He is also one of the top right-handed power bats. Chapman was ranked third in our final list of 2015 Oakland A's top prospects.
The A's have had three of their top 20 prospects deal with injuries this spring. Left-hander Sean Nolin has yet to pitch in a game due to the after-effects of off-season hernia surgery. Corner infielder Rangel Ravelo will miss the first four-to-six weeks of the regular season after he had wrist surgery this spring. There is no exact timetable for any of their returns to live action.