C.J. Chatham, Florida Atlantic

GSA Spotlight: Chatham’s Big Rise


HOUSTON — John McCormack hasn’t quite had a player like shortstop C.J. Chatham in his program until now.

Florida Atlantic has consistently been a quality program in South Florida and pumped out some impressive talent. However, the Owls also have lacked the front-line elite talent in the Major League Baseball draft. That was until Chatham, who has progressed brilliantly every year he’s been with the Owls, while also choosing a very good time – his junior season – to put together his most impressive campaign. Not only does the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native have a great chance to hear his name called on the first day of the draft, likely as a second or third rounder, he also has an opportunity to help guide the Owls past a regional with hopes of ending the season at the College World Series before likely embarking on a professional career.

He’s a potential once in a coaching lifetime type of player, and McCormack continues to be amazed at the full set of qualities the impressive 6-foot-4, 185-pounder, brings to the field each day.

“Since he got back in the fall, he’s just been on the ball consistently, and honestly, one of the greatest things about him is that he really wants to win. Like I’ve told the scouts, the only thing he really wants is the respect of his teammates,” McCormack said. “C.J. is playing extremely hard and he cares about this team and program, and he’s really been a pleasure to coach.”


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