Former Missions shortstop CJ Abrams impressive at Padres spring training

Former San Antonio Missions shortstop CJ Abrams playing for the San Diego Padres in a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. - photo by Joe Alexander
Former San Antonio Missions shortstop CJ Abrams signs autographs before a San Diego Padres spring training game last week in Arizona.
CJ Abrams is the top prospect in the San Diego Padres’ organization – although he appears to be on the verge of outgrowing “prospect” status.

Abrams spent part of last summer as the starting shortstop for the Double-A Antonio Missions. His season was cut short by an injury.

Abrams has seen plenty of action with the Padres during the current spring training and has impressed with both his defense and batting. With the Padres’ regular shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. currently out with an injury, Abrams could find himself on San Diego’s opening day roster.

Abrams is capable of playing both shortstop and second base. There have also been media reports that the Padres have given thought to him being used as a backup in center field.

The 6-foot-2, 21-year-old Abrams was a first-round pick by the Padres in the 2019 baseball amateur draft.

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