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2018 Mets draft profile: Chase Chambers

With their eighteenth selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Chase Chambers, a first baseman from Tennessee.

Name: Chase Chambers

Born: Farragut, Tennessee

Age: 22 (8/22/95)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/250 lbs.

Position: 1B

Bats/Throws: L/L

School: Tennessee Tech

Chase Chambers lettered four years at Farragut High School, batting .462 with 10 home runs in his senior year. In 2015, he went off to college, settling on Tennessee Tech, and was immediately penciled in as the Golden Eagle’s starting first baseman, playing 54 of the team’s 55 games. In his freshman year, Chambers hit .254/.381/.415 with 6 home runs, 32 walks, and 47 strikeouts. He missed a lot of time in 2015 thanks to an injury, but the injury did not have much of an impact on his on-the-field performance, as he hit .313/.454/.537 with 8 home runs, 22 walks, and 38 strikeouts. In 2017, he hit .299/.399/.582 with 18 home runs, 29 walks and 43 strikeouts, but because he was not drafted, he elected to return to college for his senior year. This past season, the first baseman hit .400/.498/.652 with 15 home runs, 41 walks, and 24 strikeouts, helping power Tennessee Tech into the NCAA Super Regionals. When their run ends, he will end his collegiate career as one of the most accomplished hitters in Tennessee Tech history, owning or tying numerous school records.

While it is important to note that the Ohio Valley Conference is a hitter’s league- many stadiums have offense-friendly dimensions and wind conditions, and the OVC uses a Wilson baseball, rather than the official NCAA Rawlings baseball, which coaches say carries further when hit- Chase Chamber’s ability to hit is not a mirage. His big frame generates plenty of power, but he might not be able to channel it because of his long power swing and inconsistencies in starting his swing and his barrel path.

Chambers is a well-below average runner, with 30s and even 20s being thrown around for it by scouts and evaluators, but he is a fairly strong defender at first. He moves well at the bag, has good footwork, and is agile for someone his size. Though it is minimized at first base, he has an above-average arm.