San Diego Padres prospect watch: CJ Abrams

San Diego Padres infield prospect CJ Abrams playing at a 2021 spring training game in Arizona. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Diego Padres infield prospect CJ Abrams playing at a 2021 spring training game in Arizona.
CJ Abrams spent the spring of 2019 as the top high school baseball player in the state of Georgia.

Two years later he is coming off a strong showing in the San Diego Padres’ big league spring training.

Abrams appeared in 25 spring training games and batted .240 with two home runs, one double and one triple. He is listed as a shortstop. He played both middle infield positions at Blessed Trinity High School in Alpharetta, Ga.

Just 20 years old, the 6-foot-2 Abrams bats left and throws right.

The Padres drafted Abrams in the first round, No. 6 overall, in the 2019 draft. He made a big impression in his first summer as a pro, earning 2019 MVP honors in the rookie Arizona League. He batted .401 with three home runs, eight triples, 12 doubles and 14 stolen bases in 32 games. He also played two games in Class A that summer.

Like other players in the minors, Abrams doesn’t have any stats to show for the 2020 covid season. He still got to work with the Padres last summer at the team’s alternate site as part of their 60-man player pool.

Abrams is the No. 2 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization, according to recent rankings by MLB.com.

The Padres are expected to officially announce their opening day roster Wednesday. Here is a projected roster that was published Monday:
Possible opening day roster: By AJ Cassavell on MLB.com

Abrams is not listed on there. If that holds up, he would start the season in the minors or on the Padres’ pool of players at their alternate site.