Oakland A's third base prospect Matt Chapman will not be participating in this year's Arizona Fall League. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported that Chapman would miss the AFL. A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman confirmed that news to OaklandClubhouse on Monday. Chapman is dealing with a wrist injury that he suffered during the season with the Stockton Ports.
Chapman missed two months of the 2015 season dealing with injuries: first a knee injury he suffered during spring training that cost him a month and then the wrist injury that kept him out for most of August. Chapman returned to the Ports for the final few games of the season but he suffered a set-back with the wrist and missed the post-season. The A's had hoped that Chapman would be able to make-up those missed at-bats this fall in the Arizona Fall League, but Chapman's wrist injury hasn't healed enough to let him play. Despite the missed time, Chapman hit 23 homeruns for the Ports in 2015.
Lieppman said the A's are still working on a replacement for Chapman. Fellow top third base prospect Renato Nunez is a strong possibility, according to Lieppman. Nunez had been slated to play in the Venezuelan Winter League. He also missed time this season with injuries.
On the flip side, Lieppman said that Texas League MVP Chad Pinder is still expected to play in the AFL despite suffering a hamstring injury during the Midland RockHounds' post-season run.