Chapman Signs Free Agent Deal with Atlanta Braves
The catcher will play in the Gulf Coast League starting June 18
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Catcher Brandon Chapman has become the fourth Colonial to be picked up by a Major League Baseball organization as the Florida native signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Chapman returns to his home state to compete in the Gulf Coast League (GCL), a rookie-level league that runs from June through August in the Sunshine State. He’ll make his debut on June 18 as the GCL Braves take on the Detroit Tigers East squad at noon in Tampa.
A four-year starter at GW, Chapman made an impact for the Colonials from the onset of his career. As a freshman, he appeared in 52 games with 50 starts, leading the team with 16 doubles and 10 multiple-RBI games while batting .247 with 20 runs, one home run and 25 RBIs.
He went on to start 50 more games as a sophomore before receiving an invitation to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League the following summer. As a junior, he was a member of the midseason watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given to the nation’s top Division I catcher.
Chapman’s signing follows the selection of three of his teammates in the MLB Draft last week: Isaiah Pasteur (13th round, New York Yankees), Will Kobos (19th round, Pittsburgh Pirates) and Robbie Metz (25th round, Colorado Rockies).
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