|Born:||Apr. 28, 1993|
|Hometown:||Trabuco Canyon, Calif.|
|High School:||El Toro HS|
2012 Big West Freshman of the Year
2012 All-Big West Conference honorable mention
Batted .279 for the La Crosse Loggers (49-21) of the Northwoods League, winning the 2012 NWL title - the first championship for the club in franchise history • Was named to the 2012 Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team • Batted .279 with 49 runs scored, 56 hits, 13 doubles, seven home runs, 30 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012)
Was easily the most impactful Fullerton newcomer in his true freshman season • Earned All-Big West Conference honorable mention accolades and was selected Big West Freshman of the Year • Earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball • Got his first start in Game No. 3, but after March 6 started every remaining game, batting .297 from that point forward • For the season made 25 starts at third base, 22 at shortstop and three as designated hitter • Appeared in a total of 50 games, batting .286 (fourth best among regulars) with two home runs and 23 RBIs • In Big West games only, he batted .315 and fielded at a sparkling .980 clip with only two errors in 24 games • Made only 11 total errors (.941), never more than one in a game • Batted .345 vs. lefthanders and .462 (6-for-13) with a runner on third and less than two outs • Season’s best hitting streak was a seven-gamer (May 4-15, 14-for-32, .438), which featured three of his five three-hit games
Was a three-year letterwinner for Head Coach Mike Gonzalez and the Chargers at El Toro HS in Lake Forest, Calif. • Was a two-time South Coast League honoree and was named the most valuable player as a senior in 2011 • Hit .429 (41 hits, 1 HR, 12 2B, 3 3B) as a junior and .422 (39 H, 1 HR, 14 2B, 4 3B) as a senior when he earned All-CIF First Team honors • He maintained a solid 3.5 GPA throughout high school.
Born in Victorville, Calif. • Full name is Matthew James Chapman • Parents are Jim and Lisa Chapman • Has a younger sister, Haley • Majoring in communications • Models his game after Dustin Pedroia and Troy Tulowitzki • Favorites include: Matt Kemp (baseball player), Fenway Park (stadium), Angels/Dodgers (teams), Goodwin Field (place to play), Mike Trout (athlete), “Boondock Saints” (movie), “Scar Tissue” (book), Edward Norton (actor), The Holdup (musical artist), Albatross (restaurant), Mexican (food).
Chapman’s Career Highs
At Bats: 5, 9 times, last June 1, 2012, vs. Indiana State
Runs: 3, March 4, 2012, vs. Utah Valley State
Hits: 3, 5 times, last May 15, 2012, vs. UCLA
RBI: 3, Apr. 14, 2012, at UC Irvine
Home Runs: 1, 2 times, last May 11, 2012, at UC Santa Barbara
Doubles: 2, March 23, 2012, vs. Oral Roberts
Stolen Bases: 1, March 31, 2012, vs. Cal State Northridge