Chris Hatcher
Chris Hatcher
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hatcher appeared in 34 games out of the bullpen for Oakland in 2018, typically serving in a low-leverage role. The veteran right-hander finished the season with a 4.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and weak 7.4 K/9, and the team opted to remove him from the 40-man roster in October. The 34-year-old previously had some success with the Marlins and Dodgers, but has a 4.81 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 120.1 innings over the last three seasons. He introduced a split-fingered fastball and relied more heavily on his cutter last season, but it obviously didn't lead to increased success. Hatcher is unlikely to provide much fantasy impact in 2019, if he's even in the big leagues at all. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a one-year, $2.15 million deal with the A's in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Sent outright to minors
POakland Athletics  AAA
October 15, 2018
Hatcher was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
Hatcher was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space for younger players in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB across 36.1 innings of relief for the A's in 2018.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .248 245 57 27 53 5 0 11
Since 2016vs Right .271 360 79 32 88 18 2 14
2018vs Left .385 72 15 6 25 2 0 5
2018vs Right .214 95 15 11 18 3 0 2
2017vs Left .213 102 26 10 19 3 0 5
2017vs Right .273 155 37 11 39 8 0 5
2016vs Left .150 71 16 11 9 0 0 1
2016vs Right .316 110 27 10 31 7 2 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2016Home 3.78 1.36 68.0 6 5 1 8.0 3.3 1.3
Since 2016Away 5.85 1.57 67.2 3 4 0 10.0 4.5 2.0
2018Home 4.91 1.58 18.1 3 1 0 6.4 2.5 1.5
2018Away 5.00 1.72 18.0 0 2 0 8.5 6.0 2.0
2017Home 2.90 1.26 31.0 1 1 1 8.4 2.9 1.2
2017Away 5.65 1.40 28.2 0 1 0 10.7 3.5 1.9
2016Home 4.12 1.32 19.2 2 3 0 8.7 4.6 1.4
2016Away 6.86 1.67 21.0 3 1 0 10.3 4.7 2.1
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How does Chris Hatcher 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hatcher started the 2017 season with the Dodgers, compiling a 4.66 ERA and 43:12 K:BB across 36.2 innings before landing on the disabled list for nearly two months with thoracic inflammation in his right shoulder. Shortly after being activated from the DL, Hatcher was dealt to the A's, where he turned in a more respectable 3.52 ERA across 23 innings despite indicators suggesting that may not have told the entire story (4.28 FIP and 4.32 xFIP with the Los Angeles, 4.29 FIP and 4.60 xFIP with Oakland). He saw his walk rate jump from 3.0 BB/9 to 3.5 following the trade while also seeing his strikeout rate dip from 10.6 K/9 to 7.8. While the veteran reliever could ultimately fall into a few save opportunities in 2018, his value will come primarily in leagues that count holds. Even so, there are more reliable and effective options out there.
Hatcher came to the Dodgers in the blockbuster deal involving Dee Gordon, and it's safe to say he got off to a poor start. Hatcher had a 6.38 ERA through 18 innings on June 14 when he suffered an oblique injury that was serious enough to sideline him for two months. Hatcher looked to be a completely different pitcher upon his return, posting a 1.31 ERA and 26:6 K:BB in 20.1 innings from August 15 through the end of the season. Hatcher averages a closer-like 96 mph with his fastball while also featuring a slider and changeup. His struggles appeared to be command-related, as prior to getting hurt he was leaving too many fastballs up in the zone. Hatcher will be back with the Dodgers, though the presence of Kenley Jansen and the likelihood that the Dodgers will bring in additional bullpen help should minimize his chances of picking up more than a save or two.
Hatcher was a solid piece in the Marlins’ bullpen during his first significant exposure in the big leagues during the 2014 season. He made 52 appearances in Miami as a middle reliever and shined with a 3.38 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 56 innings pitched. Hatcher upped both his groundball and strikeout rates in 2014, working with a three-pitch arsenal including a mid-90s heater, hard 87-mph slider and a changeup. Hatcher chipped in an excellent 60:12 K:BB ratio over his 56 innings for the Marlins last season, and he was targeted by the Dodgers in an offseason trade between the two clubs. In Los Angeles, Hatcher will have an opportunity to hold a key role in the bridge to closer Kenley Jansen in 2015.
Hatcher appeared in just 11 games for the Marlins in 2012 during his age-27 season, using his 93 mph fastball while mixing in a slider and a changeup to put up a 4.30 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 14.2 innings. Despite the mediocre numbers at the major league level, Hatcher was absolutely dominant at Triple-A last year, with a 45:15 K:BB in 47 innings and a 0.77 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Walks and home runs have been the main issue for Hatcher during his stints in the big leagues over the past two seasons as he's allowed 1.8 HR/9 and 3.6 BB/9 compared to 0.2 HR/9 and 2.9 BB/9 down on the farm in 2012. Once Hatcher proves capable of bringing his Triple-A game to the big club with any sort of consistency, he'll provide value in the Marlins' bullpen.
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Blows save vs. Angels
POakland Athletics  AAA
September 30, 2018
Hatcher allowed three runs on three hits in the ninth inning to blow the save Sunday against the Angels.
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Contract selected Saturday
POakland Athletics  AAA
September 1, 2018
Hatcher's contract was selected by the Athletics on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Clears waivers, heads to Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
August 12, 2018
Hatcher was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Designated for assignment
POakland Athletics  AAA
August 10, 2018
Hatcher was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Friday.
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Scant workload in June
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 22, 2018
Hatcher has fired four scoreless innings across three June appearances, allowing three hits and four walks while recording five strikeouts.
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