Very strong catcher who runs well and is athletic enough to play multiple positions ... started 19 games behind the plate in 2014 and will contend again for the starting role at catcher this season ... a 2014 Cape Cod League All-Star; he hit .310 (27-for-87) with four doubles and 18 RBI for the Wareham Gatemen.
Played in 42 games (19 starts at catcher, four starts at DH and two starts at first base), batting .250 (19-for-76) with five doubles, two homers, nine runs and 13 RBI ... started two games in the SEC Tournament and was credited with three RBI ... threw out 10 base runners attempting to steal during the season ... 2-for-3 with a solo homer versus Alabama on May 10 in Game 2 of doubleheader ... 2-for-3 versus Arkansas on April 12 with one double, one RBI and one run scored ... 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI versus Purdue (March 9).
Played in 31 games (10 starts), batting .277 (13-for-47) with four doubles, 11 RBI and five runs ... started in six SEC regular-season contests and hit .273 (6-for-22) in conference games with one double and six RBI ... 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored vs. Ole Miss (May 18) ... doubled and scored a run in LSU's win over New Orleans (May 14) ... lined a bases-loaded, three-run double in LSU win over Florida (May 4) ... recorded two RBI in LSU win over Auburn (March 24).
PRIOR TO LSU
A 2012 Baseball America and Louisville Slugger High School All-American ... named Miami Herald Player of the Year for Classes 1A through 4A ... hit .542 as a senior in 2012 with 12 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 38 RBI ... also earned All-America recognition in 2011 and 2010 ... hit .481 as a junior in 2011 with 17 doubles, seven homers and 39 RBI ... batted .597 as a sophomore in 2010 with 15 doubles, six homers and 55 RBI, and was named the Class 3A Dade County Player of the Year ... batted .495 in 2009 as a freshman with 13 doubles, five homers and 44 RBI ... a four-year honor roll student at Gulliver Prep.
Full name is Christopher Michael Chinea ... parents are Carlos and Maria Eugenia Chinea ... has two younger brothers, Brandon and Daniel ... chose to attend LSU in order to gain “a college experience that will last a lifetime academically and athletically” ... majoring in sports administration at LSU ... born May 3, 1994 in Miami.
Chinea's LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 4 several times; most recently vs. Georgia (3/21/14)
Hits: 2 six times; most recently vs. Alabama (5/10/14)
Runs Scored: 1 several times
Doubles: 1 nine times; most recently at Auburn (5/16/14)
Home Runs: 1 twice; most recently vs. Alabama (5/10/14)
RBI: 3 vs. Florida (5/4/13)