ROSWELL, Ga. — Just two weeks after graduating from Blessed Trinity, CJ Abrams’ dream of joining the professional ranks came to fruition with the shortstop selected 6th overall in the MLB Draft June 3 by the San Diego Padres.
Abrams entered the draft as the No. 2 high school prospect according to the MLB’s Top 50 Draft Prospects list, Baseball America and Perfect Game.
Abrams has committed to the University of Alabama but could choose to sign with the Padres. At press time, Abrams was visiting San Diego, according an agent.
If the Titans’ standout signs with the Padres, he will join what many experts call the current best farm system in baseball.
The Padres already have two highly touted shortstops in Manny Machado, who recently signed a 10-year contract with the organization, and top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., so it remains to be seen where Abrams will fit in with San Diego’s system.
Draft pundits noted Abrams’ speed, which allowed him to compile 100 steals with Blessed Trinity. They also gave him high marks for his success at the plate, consistent fielding and ability to make quick throws.
Abrams compiled a .418 career average in 538 plate appearance for the Titans with 100 RBIs, 33 doubles, 15 triples and eight home runs. During his senior season, Abrams hit 23 extra-base hits in BT’s challenging schedule.
The recent graduate struck out just 22 times in 142 games with the Titans and had a career 1.008 OPS.
Abrams split his time at shortstop and second base with a .939 career fielding percentage with 50 double plays.
Abrams is the second BT player drafted in the first round after Jake Skole was selected 15th overall in the 2010 draft by the Texas Rangers.
Blessed Trinity has multiple alumni playing for professional organizations. Tyler Flowers is a fixture behind the plate for the Atlanta Braves, first baseman Matt Skole made his big-league debut with the Chicago White Sox last season, and many other BT grads are playing in the minors or at the collegiate level.