Aug 31, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (6) gives the ball to Oakland pitcher Sean Doolittle during the seventh inning in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at O.co Coliseum. A

Oakland A's: Matt Chapman expected to play third base

The Oakland A’s were excited to pick up Matt Chapman during the first round on Thursday. Scouting director Eric Kubota said there was no hesitation from the team that the A’s wanted him.

“He has a chance to be an elite defender at third base,” Kubota said. “He can really throw, a guy who’s fun to just watch throw. We think his bat is ever improving and we think there’s untapped power there.”

Despite Chapman’s throwing strength, there is no thought to switch him to pitcher. He has mastered his position and will advance nicely throughout the minors and majors if he focuses on where he excels.

Chapman was a first-team All-Big West player who led Cal State Fullerton with 48 RBIs this season. He even had the confidence to say he was the best defensive third baseman in college baseball. Some might think this an audacious statement, but Kubota likes the confidence.

“I read what he said,” Kubota said. “I’m glad he’s confident in those abilities, and I think he actually might not know how good he can be.”

Current third baseman Josh Donaldson isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Donaldson is playing exceptionally well and will likely remain the in his position through 2018. Chapman will first need to climb his way to the majors and then any decisions can be made from there.

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