Chapman movin’ on up
Jason Chapman’s stellar 2006 baseball season did not go unnoticed.
The Truckee High senior was selected in the 44th round, 1,312th overall, by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.
“I haven’t stopped smiling since I found out,” said Chapman, who transferred to Truckee from Ukiah High at the beginning of the school year. “I’m more in shock than anything.”
While he hoped to be chosen in one of the draft’s 50 rounds, Chapman said he began growing skeptical as the draft neared its end.
“I got drafted so late I thought maybe I wouldn’t go,” he said. “I’m just glad all the hard work paid off.”
That it did.
Besides playing solid defense at second base and shortstop in his first season as a Wolverine, Chapman broke the NIAA record with a 34-game hit streak ” every game from start to finish. The previous record was 25.
In 31 league and non-league games (excluding the three games of playoffs), Truckee’s leadoff man hit .693, with 14 home runs, 13 doubles, six triples and a slugging percentage of 1.397. He knocked in 39 runs and scored 55 while striking out seven times and walking 11.
Chapman in 16 games of league play hit .595 and had a slugging percentage of 1.276. He struck out twice and walked six times in 47 at-bats. He also led the team in stolen bases with 19 and runs with 31.
“Just the way he plays, it speaks for itself. He’s a baseball player,” said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis. “He can start anywhere he goes.”
That leads to an important choice: Where to go. And Chapman has yet to make that decision.
This weekend Chapman is visiting American River College and Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, as well as Santa Rosa Junior College. Thus far, he said, he is leaning toward Santa Rosa, the junior college that won the 2005 state championship and is located within an hour of his Mendocino County home.
Chapman also is meeting with the Reds’ West Coast scout this weekend to discuss a contract offer.
“If it’s above $35,000 I’ll probably sign,” he said.
After a week of mulling over his options, Chapman said he’ll make his decision.
Chapman’s father Kelvin, who played in the majors from 1979 to 1985 as a second and third baseman in the Mets organization, got his start at Santa Rosa Junior College. Truckee head coach Mike Ellis also played at Santa Rosa.
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