Jerry Del Priore
Chase Chambers, the New York Mets’ 18th round selection in the 2018 MLB amateur draft, had a great college baseball career at Tennessee Tech, helping to lead it to the 2018 NCAA Super Regional title and one win short of advancing to the College World Series.
After playing in a long college season, you’d think the former Golden Eagle would be spent and slow down a bit as he started his professional career with the Brooklyn Cyclones – the Mets short-season, Single-A New York-Penn (NYPL) affiliate.
But that isn’t the case, as Chase, 22, is hitting .294 with one homer, 14 RBI, and seven doubles in 119 at-bats through 33 contests.
In his senior season at Tennessee Tech, Chambers slugged .395 with 17 home runs and 84 RBI with an amazing OPS of 1152 in 256 at-bats in 65 games.
The six-foot-one-inch, 250-pound first baseman displays a nice swing as he consistently puts the barrel of the bat on the ball, which is a big plus for a player of his size, though the leftfield winds at MCU Park may knockdown a few of his shots ticketed for the bleachers.
That aside, as Chase develops, and learns to use his power in the pro ranks, the left-handed stout-built hitter could wind up being a sleeper pick for New York.