Catch Up With The Cajuns: Chase Compton
Chase Compton made a living scooping tough throws and picking up clutch hits for the Ragin' Cajuns. How are the minors treating him?
It seemed like Compton simply had a knack for reaching base for the Cajuns, leaving the university with an on-base percentage above .400. His senior year, the ball seemed to be magnetized to him. Getting plunked 25 times in one season hurts the body but helps the team. Compton did a ton of small things to help the Cajuns reach a miraculous 58 wins his senior season, so should anybody be surprised he's doing the same in the San Francisco Giants' minor league organization?
In terms of his performance in the field? Exactly what you would expect. At first base, he's sporting a fielding percentage of .993; however, he is adjusting to some reps at third base as well, only coming in with a .833 percentage at the hot corner. Give him some time though. He's only spent 51.0 innings figuring it out at third, while he's been terribly consistent through 288.1 innings in his comfort zone at first.
At the plate, it seems like Compton is starting to catch a bit of a groove. He's currently on a seven game hit streak and rocking a .342 average over the last ten games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short A). Here's the best part though: the man is creating runs like a marathon planner.
Through 43 career games in the minor leagues, he's batted in 25 of his teammates and touched the plate 29 times himself. Combine the 25 RBI's and 29 runs, and what do you get? Simple math doesn't lie. 54 minus 43 equals 11 more runs he's responsible for than games he's played. Anybody want to debate whether that's a good thing?
He continues to be the same humble player that keeps countless errors off the board at first base, drops down bunts and literally sacrifices his body, and the off the field Chase is the same as well. Even after collecting a 4-5 outing back on June 29th, Compton stayed grounded. It's all about staying ready and being able to contribute in whatever way presents itself. (Interview starts at 0:33)
He started off playing for the Giants of the Arizona League. He hopes to one day play for the Giants of the Major League. If he keeps riding this hit streak and acting like a human butterfly net at first base, the call ups could continue.
Tony Robichaux's grinders tend to defy the odds. Compton spent four years with Coach Robe, so he's prepared for whatever the game of baseball throws at him.
[Click here for Compton's updated stats all throughout the year]