Bubba Chandler-SS/RHP-North Oconee (GA)
If Bubba Chandler plays baseball over football, the Chicago White Sox should consider it.
Chandler is an interesting prospect who can play two positions (short stop and pitcher). While his arm is strong and has gotten better over the last couple of years, people are divided as to whether or not he should pitch or play in the infield.
In looking at MLB’s scouting report on Chandler, they talk about some of the strengths that he has:
"“After working with an 88-93 mph fastball last summer, Chandler has made a leap to operating at 92-95 and touching 97 this spring. He possesses a quick arm and also has added power to his downer curveball, which now resides in the upper 70s, and his less-used slider, which gets up to 85 mph. He shows trust in his low-80s changeup as well.”"
There is one thing that may cause teams, including the White Sox, to shy away from Chandler. Clemson University has offered him a scholarship to play quarterback. With that, Chandler has some decisions to make. There are some that feel that he would be a better baseball player than a football player.
Another question with Chandler is which position would he play. It would appear he’s a little bit better as a pitcher than a shortstop but anything is possible. The White Sox could use him at either position. With some development in the minor leagues, he has the capability to play both positions and shine. Perhaps the White Sox will take a chance on him and bolster their lineup for the future.