School: Pensacola Junior College, Florida
Selected 2009 stats
Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)
Dustin Mattison (20): Admittedly, I am really high on Chambers. A star football recruit out of high school, Chambers went to play at Mississippi State before being released from the team. Seeing his football future in doubt, Chambers took his tremendous tools to the baseball diamond and the Cardinals are reaping the benefits.
After putting together a solid debut at Johnson City after being drafted, he struggled to find any type of consistency while with the Quad Cities in 2008. This season was a completely different story.
In the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, Chambers put together his best season to date, earning himself The Cardinal Nation Palm Beach Player of the Year award along the way. The 23-year-old is trying to prove that his success in 2009 was no aberration by putting together an impressive winter league campaign. Playing in Colombia, he is hitting close to .400 with more walks than strikeouts.
Chambers has tremendous speed that helps him cause havoc on the base paths and cover lots of ground in center. His hit tool is progressing nicely and he has an average arm. His power projects to be below average but it is speed upon which he bases his game. Still raw, it will be interesting to watch how he handles the Texas League.
Message board community (29): Adron Chambers is the Cardinal prospect that I haven't seen play that I am most looking forward to seeing. While Daniel Descalso got most of the hype as the most improved Cardinal farmhand, my personal vote would be for Chambers.
Chambers looks like he could possibly be turning into a future leadoff batter for the Cardinals. He has increased his walk rate, triples, and stolen bases in each of his three seasons. Chambers has continued his fine play into the winter season where he is leading the Colombian league in average, hits and triples, while placing fifth in slugging percentage. Most impressively, he has more walks than strikeouts.
Chambers certainly will start 2010 at Double-A Springfield. Due to a lot of strong candidates in the pipeline ahead of him, he will need a really strong showing there to make to Memphis during the season but I personally wouldn't bet against him. - CariocaCardinal
Brian Walton (NR): While Chambers' .770 OPS with Palm Beach this summer was an improvement over his first two professional seasons, it was only one data point and not enough to cause me to do backflips over his potential.
I do have to admit that I set my ranking before seeing Chambers' winter season output, which offers a second example of better results. While Colombia doesn't feature the same level of play as the Dominican or even Venezuela, Chambers' winter stats are still impressive.
Having said that, I remain skeptical whether Chambers is ready for the increased level of competition for outfield at-bats and in opposing pitching he should be facing at Double-A in 2010 at age 23. Here is hoping I am wrong.
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