Andrew Chafin
Andrew Chafin
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Andrew Chafin in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Cubs in February of 2021. Traded to the Athletics in July of 2021. Contract includes $5.25 million mutual option ($500,000 buyout) for 2022.
Earns adventurous save
POakland Athletics
September 15, 2021
Chafin allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one across 1.1 innings to earn the save Wednesday against the Royals.
ANALYSIS
Chafin bailed Jake Diekman out of a jam by recording the final out in the eighth inning. He remained on the mound for the final frame, but he had trouble of his own by allowing the first three batters he faced to reach base. Chafin settled down to escape the jam, though the bases were loaded when he recorded the final out to earn his fourth save of the season. This was his first outing since blowing a save and taking the loss Sept. 11, though he appears to be the Athletics' chosen closer for the time being despite his recent struggles.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Andrew Chafin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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111-120
 
121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .223 250 63 16 51 5 1 5
Since 2019vs Right .222 260 77 23 52 9 0 7
2021vs Left .155 92 19 6 13 0 1 1
2021vs Right .196 149 41 10 27 7 0 3
2020vs Left .286 23 5 2 6 1 0 1
2020vs Right .278 21 7 3 5 2 0 1
2019vs Left .258 135 39 8 32 4 0 3
2019vs Right .256 90 29 10 20 0 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-51%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-78%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.00 1.02 63.0 1 5 2 9.7 1.9 1.0
Since 2019Away 3.05 1.26 62.0 3 2 2 10.5 3.8 0.7
2021Home 2.45 0.88 33.0 0 3 2 8.7 1.9 1.1
2021Away 1.20 0.90 30.0 1 0 2 8.4 2.7 0.0
2020Home 2.25 1.25 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 2.3 0.0
2020Away 10.13 2.06 5.1 1 2 0 15.2 6.8 3.4
2019Home 3.81 1.15 26.0 1 2 0 11.4 1.7 1.0
2019Away 3.71 1.50 26.2 1 0 0 11.8 4.4 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Chafin compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.75
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
1.86
 
WHIP
0.89
 
BABIP
.234
 
GB/FB
1.32
 
Left On Base
85.3%
 
Exit Velocity
80.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2177 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.3%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Chafin bears a resemblance to former closer Todd Jones. He pitches like him with the two-pitch mixture, but he has 317 fewer career saves than the former Tigers stopper. Chafin is a slider-first pitcher, as he throws the pitch 40% of the time with good reason. It is an excellent pitch which has generated a mid-20s whiff percentage the past few years. His fastball is decent enough, but the slider is the money maker for Chafin. That's the pitch that has helped him strike out at least 25% of the hitters he has faced in each of the past four seasons. The lefty does a decent enough job against righties so he can shed a LOOGY label, but he will pitch around righties to get to lefties which impacts his WHIP in a negative way. In NL-leagues, he's a quality source of reliever strikeouts but offers little value otherwise.
Chafin made 77 appearances and recorded a 3.10 ERA, overcoming a poor 11.9% walk rate with above-average strikeout (25.1%) and groundball (50.4%) rates. His role began to approach true-LOOGY territory, however, limiting his total innings to just 49.1 and putting a cap on his fantasy value. His average appearance was a career-low 0.64 innings, while a career-high 51% of the batters he faced were lefties. He actually fared better against righties, holding them to a .257 wOBA compared to .302 for lefties, though that's likely a one-season, BABIP-driven blip, as he's historically had fairly typical splits. The 28-year-old will likely remain a competent bullpen piece for the Diamondbacks this season, but he's unlikely to be considered in the closer conversation, and he doesn't have the high workload or dominant strikeout rate required to be a valuable fantasy asset without saves.
Chafin was among the unheralded bullpen options who stepped up to provide the D-backs with quality innings in 2017. He was used in a variety of roles, logging 51.1 innings in 71 appearances, a workload considerably heavier than that of a LOOGY. Chafin missed bats at a good clip (27.6 percent) and managed to trim his walk rate from 11.2 to 9.5 percent, churning out an ERA (3.51) that was more in line with his FIP (3.39) than the 6.75 mark he pitched to in 32 appearances in 2016. Holding lefties to a .217/.281/.284 line, Chafin needs to continue improving against righties (.261/.354/.439) in order to take another step forward. Working frequently with a sinker and slider combo, Chafin continues to get a lot of outs on the ground (56.3 percent). If he can do that, more high-leverage opportunities may be on tap, but Chafin is unlikely to close with Brad Boxberger and Archie Bradley ahead of him in the pecking order for saves in the Arizona bullpen.
After a stellar 2015, Chafin endured a disappointing 2016. The lefty was slowed by shoulder and groin injuries, and he ended up only pitching 22.2 innings at the big league level. A year earlier, Chafin led Arizona relievers by appearing in 66 games and tossing 75 innings. That year, he posted a 2.76 ERA to go along with a 1.15 WHIP. Those numbers ballooned last year. There were some encouraging signs, however. Chafin bumped his K/9 rate to 11.1 -- a significant jump from the 7.0 figure he posted in 2015. And Chafin's 2.89 FIP last season indicates that he was the victim of some bad luck. If he can keep his strikeout rate up, Chafin should post good numbers as one of Arizona's top left-handed relievers. Look for Chafin to gobble up some more holds after he recorded six last season and 16 in 2015.
Chafin was a key contributor to the Arizona bullpen in 2015, leading the unit in games and innings. In his age-25 season the lefty posted a 2.76 ERA across 75 innings, while striking out 58. He was particularly tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .182 batting average (righties hit .225 off Chafin). Now entering his second full season with the Diamondbacks, Chafin is poised to once again be a big part of the bullpen. Brad Ziegler figures to return as the closer, meaning Chafin, who had 16 holds a season ago, could be the main setup guy, though his effectiveness against lefties might lead to him pitching earlier in games depending on matchups. Any ineffectiveness on Ziegler’s part could lead to a change at the back end of the Arizona bullpen, although Daniel Hudson is probably a more likely replacement option than Chafin.
Chafin enjoyed a measure of prospect status coming up with the Diamondbacks as a former first-round pick, but his stuff leveled out a bit in the high minors, giving him more of a back-end projection as opposed to someone who could be an impact starter. His command and control faltered at Triple-A, but he still earned three late-season starts that contained limited success. Chafin’s best-case scenario is to become a Patrick Corbin-lite by tightening up his command to curb the free passes and long balls. There is no room at the inn with the Diamondbacks' rotation right now so Chafin will likely have to hone his skills in Triple-A, which can be tricky given the PCL hitting environment. While the best-case scenario involves a rotation spot, the most likely scenario puts Chafin in the bullpen though not necessarily as just a lefty-killer.
The left-handed Chafin had a very good year at High-A and Double-A in 2013, showing improved control after the promotion while seeing his strikeout rate fall. He sports three very effective pitches, mixing a fastball, slider and changeup in his arsenal. Chafin will likely open the season at Triple-A Reno alongside Archie Bradley, and he sits in the same boat as many of the Diamondbacks' young pitching prospects: an injury, trade, or letdown away from a chance at a few starts in Phoenix.
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Stuck with loss
POakland Athletics
September 11, 2021
Chafin (1-3) allowed one run on one hit over one-third of an inning, taking the loss in Saturday's 8-6 defeat to the Rangers.
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Secures third save
POakland Athletics
September 9, 2021
Chafin picked up the save against the White Sox on Thursday after tossing a scoreless inning while allowing one hit.
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Registers second save
POakland Athletics
August 29, 2021
Chafin picked up the save in Sunday's 3-1 win against the Yankees, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth.
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Gets 19th hold despite struggles
POakland Athletics
August 22, 2021
Chafin recorded his 19th hold in a loss to the Giants on Saturday, allowing two earned runs on two solo home runs over one inning.
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Records another hold
POakland Athletics
August 20, 2021
Chafin recorded his 18th hold in a win over the White Sox on Thursday, firing a perfect eighth inning during which he issued a walk and recorded a strikeout.
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