LYNN, MA – Former North Shore Navigator Kevin Chapman was called up to the Double-A level last week as he was promoted to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League. Chapman, a member of the 2008 Navigators, was a fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 2010 MLB Draft.
Chapman has posted a 2.08 ERA in two appearances at the Double-A level, striking out six in four innings of work. He previously served as closer for the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League prior to his call-up.
The former Florida Gator had seven saves in nine opportunities with the Blue Rocks while posting a 4.84 ERA in 15 appearances out of the bullpen. The lefthander had 40 strikeouts in just 22.1 innings pitched before his promotion, good for an astounding ratio of 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
In 2010, Chapman went 1-1 with 20 strikeouts in 18 innings in his first season of minor league ball with the Blue Rocks.
Chapman was previously drafted out of high school in the 42nd round of the 2006 MLB Draft and in the 50th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. However, the 23-year-old greatly improved his draft stock with an incredible senior season at Florida, going 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 31 appearances for the Gators en route to a College World Series appearance.
Chapman, who stands tall at 6-foot-4, is originally from Coral Springs, Florida.