ROSWELL, Ga. — Professional baseball organizations will consider enlisting Blessed Trinity’s CJ Abrams this week in the MLB Draft after the Titans’ standout was named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for 2019 on May 23. Abrams is the first player to earn the accolade in BT’s successful program.
Abrams, who splits his time between second base and shortstop, compiled a .431 average with three home runs, 27 RBIs, 42 runs scored and a .732 slugging percentage this season. Abrams also stole 33 bases and had a .914 fielding percentage. He is currently ranked No. 4 in the MLB’s Top 50 Draft Prospects list and is the No. 2 high school prospect according to Baseball America and Perfect Game.
“We have had 20 years of a pretty rich athletic tradition, so to have CJ win the first one says an awful lot about him,” Blessed Trinity head coach Andy Harlin said. “His legacy will be that he did not just rely on God-given talent. He worked at things. He deserved anything that came his way as far as accolades, but he’ll be the first one to tell you he’s more into his teammates [than awards].”
Abrams is committed to continue his career at the University of Alabama but will likely be drafted this week as one of the nation’s top prospects.
“He is special, and whoever gets him is getting a phenomenal player and a top-shelf guy,” Harlin said.
Abrams played at least 33-games in each of his four seasons at BT, racking up a .418 average with 100 RBIs, 33 doubles, 15 triples and eight home runs. Using his standout speed, Abrams scored 158 runs and stole 100 bases.
With Abrams, BT reached the semifinals of the state playoffs four seasons and finished as state runner-up twice.
Abrams was selected for the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic and the 2018 Under Armour All-American Game. He is a volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, CURE Childhood Cancer and has maintained a 3.1 GPA.