Daily updates on CJ Abrams from May

Keeping tabs on the No. 8 overall prospect

June 1st, 2021

May 30: 0-for-4 in return to action
Abrams went for 0-for-4 on Sunday night, but the good news is he was healthy enough to play. The Padres' No. 2 prospect had been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury during a game on May 22. He is hitting .286 with two homers and eight RBIs through 18 games at Double-A San Antonio. Gameday »

May 27: Remains out of action
Abrams was not included in San Antonio's lineup Thursday evening. Since the contest was postponed, the Missions will play a pair of seven-inning games as part of a doubleheader Friday. Time will tell if Abrams returns to action during either contest.

May 26: Day to day with ankle injury
CJ Abrams is considered day to day after exiting Saturday's contest with an ankle injury. The 20-year-old shortstop was subsequently held out of Double-A San Antonio's lineup on Sunday and Tuesday.

May 23: Does not play
Abrams was out of the lineup Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after pulling up with an undisclosed injury. Gameday »

May 22: Early exit after groundout
Abrams exited Saturday's game early after grounding out in the bottom of the fifth. The Padres' No. 2 prospect hit a chopper back to the mound, but came up limping after he was thrown out at first. Abrams, who finished the night 0-for-3, was taken out for a defensive replacement to start the sixth. Gameday »

May 21: Walks and scores in loss
CJ Abrams extended his on-base streak to 16 games to start the year, walking once in Double-A San Antonio's loss to Frisco. Abrams didn't do much else though, as the Padres' No. 2 prospect went 0-for-3 at the plate. His batting average didn't suffer too much, as he is still hitting .317 on the year. Gameday »

May 20: Scores twice for San Antonio
CJ Abrams might have went 0-for-3 on the night, but the 20-year-old shortstop managed to extend his on-base streak to 15 games and score twice after reaching on an error and a hit-by-pitch. Abrams may not have recorded a hit, but he still found ways to contribute in Double-A San Antonio's 3-1 win. Gameday »

May 19: Multi-hit night extends streak
CJ Abrams can not stop raking. Abrams went 3-for-4 in Double-A San Antonio's 8-2 loss. He drove in one of their only two runs on the night. All three hits were singles, but they were good enough to help him extend his on-base streak to 14 games. He is now batting .333 on the season. Gameday »

May 18: Doubles to keep streak alive
CJ Abrams extended his on-base streak to 13 games to start the year after slapping a double in Double-A San Antonio's 1-0 loss to Frisco. Abrams collected the Missions' lone extra-base hit on the night as they were held to just five hits total. Gameday »

May 16: Launches long HR in win
CJ Abrams' second home run of the season highlighted a victory for Double-A San Antonio on Sunday. The Padres' No. 2 prospect got a hold of a pitch in the seventh inning and sent it past the berm beyond the right-field wall.

The homer was part of a two-hit day for Abrams, his second in as many games. That has upped his batting average from .275 to .306 since Friday. Abrams has reached base in each of his first 12 games with the Missions. Gameday »

May 15: Turns on-base streak up to 11
CJ Abrams' multihit effort was part of a 6-2 win for Double-A San Antonio on Saturday. His bunt single to open the third inning extended his on-base streak to 11 games. Abrams also recorded an RBI double in the fourth. That marked his first extra-base hit and first RBI since May 9. The No. 8 overall prospect in baseball is batting .295 this season and has eight hits in his past 24 at-bats. Gameday »

May 14: Extends on-base streak to 10 games
CJ Abrams went 1-for-3 for Double-A San Antonio today, extending his on-base streak to 10 games to start the season. Abrams' lone hit came on a first-inning single. The 20-year-old shortstop also struck out once. Gameday »

May 13: Walks to extend on-base streak to nine
While it was a quiet day for the Padres' No. 2 prospect, CJ Abrams managed to extend his on-base streak to nine games. Abrams drew a walk in an 0-for-4 game. It is his second hitless game in a row as Double-A San Antonio fell to Midland. Gameday »

May 12: Extends on-base streak in quiet night
CJ Abrams extended his on-base streak to eight games after walking for Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday. Abrams didn't collect a hit in his 0-for-3 night, but the walk was good enough to keep his streak alive. Gameday »

May 11: Solid night extends on-base streak
CJ Abrams had a nice performance Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with two singles for Double-A San Antonio. His two base knocks extended his on-base streak to seven games to start the year. Abrams' batting average now sits at a sterling .345 and his OPS at a solid .976. Gameday »

May 9: First homer and three-hit performance
Abrams launched his first Double-A home run as part of a 3-for-5 performance in San Antonio's 7-5 win over Corpus Christi. The two-run shot in the fifth inning sailed over the left-center field wall and demonstrated Abrams' opposite-field power. More »

May 8: Notches hit in quiet game
CJ Abrams had an uneventful day as the Padres farmhand went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. Abrams ended the day wearing the sombrero, striking out three times against Double-A Corpus Christi. Gameday »

May 7: Collects two clutch RBIs
CJ Abrams came through in the clutch for Double-A San Antonio, driving in two in their extra innings thriller. Overall, Abrams went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. His lone hit came in the form of a game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning. His other RBI came in the sixth inning off a groundout, which pulled San Antonio to within one. Gameday »

May 6: Abrams walks, K's twice
After a hot start, CJ Abrams had himself a lukewarm game for Double-A San Antonio. The Padres' No. 2 prospect got on base for the third straight game via a walk, but ultimately ended his night going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Gameday »

May 5: Abrams continues hot start
CJ Abrams is known for his 80-grade speed, and it didn't take him long to show it off for Double-A San Antonio. Abrams stole a pair of bases and picked up a single and a walk for the Missions, who lost to Double-A Corpus Christi, 4-2.

It's been a fast start for the Padres' top prospect, who is now 3-for-8 with two doubles, two walks, two stolen bases and an RBI in two games. Gameday »

May 5: No. 1 Padres prospect?
CJ Abrams gets plenty of attention and his status as the No. 8 overall prospect shows just how highly he's thought of in baseball circles. However, could his stock be increasing?

The shortstop is currently ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Padres system, just behind MacKenzie Gore, though some feel Abrams is in fact the better prospect, a discussion AJ Cassavell broke down in his most recent Inbox. More »

May 4: Off to a fast start
CJ Abrams certainly looked like he belonged as he made his Double-A debut with San Antonio. The 20-year-old reached base four times and went 2-for-5 with a walk and a pair of doubles in the Missions' win over Corpus Christi.

Abrams reached on an error and flew out in his first two at-bats, but found his rhythm in the middle of the game as he doubled in both the fifth and sixth innings. While there's a lot of hype around Abrams -- and he's justified it so far early in his career -- it's important to remember that he's still young and entered the season having only played two games above Rookie ball. Gameday »

April 19: Minor League ST report
CJ Abrams is set to make his first true push through the organization. The 2019 first-rounder had his first full season wiped away by the cancellation of last year's Minor League season, and he showed up this spring like a player intent on making up for lost time. Abrams' Cactus League play forced the Padres to keep him around, and he ended up featuring in 25 games in Arizona, second most on the club. He finished with a .240/.283/.420 line, two homers and three steals in that time. Those numbers may not jump off the page, but Abrams' 80-grade speed and impressive defense from both shortstop and second base made him a consistent option for Jayce Tingler and the rest of the Padres staff.

That hasn't stopped with the conclusion of Major League camp. At only 20 years, Abrams is likely headed to High-A or Double-A to open what will be his first real full Minor League campaign in May. But for now, he remains with the alternate-site group in Arizona -- where he continues to see time at short and second -- as the Padres keep up their tradition of challenging their most talented young players.

"He had a very, very good Major League campaign in the spring and was with the Major League team for a long time," Geaney said. "I think he looked quite advanced. We've obviously moved some of those guys who were in Major League camp who were early cuts to Minor League camp, but for the time being, we've chosen to keep CJ with that group of players." More »

March 15: Parking a grand slam
CJ Abrams belted a grand slam to left field as part of San Diego's six-run seventh inning on the way to a 13-3 win over Milwaukee in Grapefruit League action. Abrams' blast was the second homer in the infielder's last four games and gave him eight RBIs over that span. The 20-year-old hit in his fourth straight to boost his slash line to .267/.313/.533. Gameday »

March 12: Showing power, speed
Certain expectations come with being a first-round pick. CJ Abrams showed he has the skills to fit the bill.

Abrams, who MLB Pipeline credits with 80-grade speed, entered San Diego's loss to Oakland as a pinch-runner in the fifth inning. It was his bat, though, that garnered attention. The left-handed-hitting shortstop stepped in against A's righty Daulton Jefferies and drilled the first pitch he saw over the fence in left-center for a three-run jack.

It was the first spring home run for the 20-year-old Georgia native, who's 5-for-21 (.238) over 10 Cactus League games. He tripled against the D-backs on March 2 and has three stolen bases. Gameday »

March 6: Getting the best of Bauer
CJ Abrams showed off several tools in a Padres’ win over the Dodgers. He collected one of San Diego's two hits off the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, then made the most of the opportunity by swiping second base. The 2019 sixth overall pick also showed off his glove by snaring a line drive and doubling up Matt Beaty at second to get San Diego out of a bases-loaded jam. Gameday »

March 4: Why he's a top prospect
CJ Abrams, 20, is the Padres' newest elite shortstop prospect, ranked second in their system and eighth in the sport, according to MLB Pipeline. It would be unfair to suggest Abrams is on a trajectory to match Fernando Tatis Jr.

But it's not unfair to point out that in his first big league Spring Training, Abrams, too, is fitting right in.

"I'm just going out there, doing what I do, and having fun," he said. More »