Chad Pinder
Chad Pinder
26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pinder didn't make the big club coming out of camp, but an injury to Marcus Semien resulted in his callup from Triple-A Nashville in mid-April. Pinder spent the rest of the season with the Athletics, though he did miss a little more than five weeks mid-season with a hamstring before having his season truncated via a concussion in late September. All told, the utility man appeared in 87 games, playing second base, shortstop and all three outfield spots, along with a handful of games at designated hitter. That's Pinder's likely role heading into 2018, offering a power bat off the bench while giving one of the regulars a day off a couple times a week. Pinder hit double-digit homers at three levels in the minors, so popping 15 in 208 plate appearances wasn't a shock. However, a 29.8 percent strikeout rate tempers his average, exposing him when playing full time. Pinder is the ideal endgame play in AL-only. He'll get his at-bats, but without a regular job, he won't draw much interest. Read Past Outlooks
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Losing playing time
SSOakland Athletics
September 16, 2018
Pinder is on the bench for the fourth time in five games Sunday against the Rays.
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Pinder has hit just .174 with a .513 OPS over his last nine games. Nick Martini has gone 7-for-12 over that same stretch, earning him an increasing number of at-bats.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+81%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .795 276 28 10 19 1 .272 .344 .451
Since 2016vs Right .703 399 51 17 52 1 .227 .282 .421
2018vs Left .829 149 16 6 11 0 .286 .362 .466
2018vs Right .675 163 23 5 14 0 .226 .298 .377
2017vs Left .738 98 11 3 7 1 .247 .327 .412
2017vs Right .753 210 25 12 35 1 .234 .276 .477
2016vs Left .810 29 1 1 1 0 .286 .310 .500
2016vs Right .448 26 3 0 3 0 .174 .231 .217
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .737 347 42 15 35 1 .228 .292 .446
Since 2016Away .744 328 37 12 36 1 .263 .324 .420
2018Home .713 162 20 5 5 0 .227 .323 .390
2018Away .785 150 19 6 20 0 .283 .336 .449
2017Home .760 156 20 10 28 1 .221 .256 .503
2017Away .738 152 16 5 14 1 .255 .329 .409
2016Home .733 29 2 0 2 0 .269 .310 .423
2016Away .551 26 2 1 2 0 .200 .231 .320
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How does Chad Pinder compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). 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.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
8.0%
 
K Rate
26.3%
 
BABIP
.323
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.329
 
SLG
.419
 
OPS
.748
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pinder scraped out 22 major league games last year and failed to make a major impact. Though he had an encouraging stint at High-A Stockton in 2014 and has smacked double-digit homers in his last two minor league years, although he has often been taking advantage of very favorable hitting conditions. He occupied the bottom half of an A's platoon with Joey Wendle at second base near the end of 2016, but with Jed Lowrie presumably fully recovered from toe surgery, Pinder may open 2017 as a bench bat. He has enough defensive versatility and may display enough offense across the board -- including sneaky stolen-base ability -- to gain fantasy value as a compiler if he is ever given a regular role. However, he may need an injury ahead of him to receive that shot, and it would have to happen fairly quickly, as top prospect Franklin Barreto is nearing the majors and figures to slot in alongside Marcus Semien to form Oakland's double-play duo of the future.
Pinder built on his success at High-A in 2014 with another strong season at Double-A Midland. Pinder finished the year at .317 with an .847 OPS with 15 homers and 86 RBI over 477 at-bats. Back-to-back years with an OPS over .800 has elevated Pinder's stock within the A's system, especially with the trades of other shortstops, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. Even more exciting is how Pinder improved as the year progressed, hitting .340 after June 1st with a nearly .900 OPS. The 2013 2nd round pick out of VPI was rewarded for his season by being named the 2015 Texas League Player of the Year. Pinder had one of the best years in the A's farm system and could make an appearance in the Majors in the second half if he continues hitting.
Pinder, a second-round pick in 2013, spent his first full professional season at High-A Stockton in 2014. He had a nice first year, putting up a .824 OPS with 13 homers, 12 steals and 32 doubles over 403 at-bats. The extra-base hits were very nice after he managed only seven of them in 140 at-bats with Low-A Beloit in 2013. The A's front office has indicated that Pinder played though multiples wrist injuries in 2014, so it is possible that his offensive production could jump yet again in 2015. He moved to second base in 2014, likely because the A's already had stud shortstop prospect Addison Russell in the system, but it is possible that Pinder could be moved back to shortstop since the A's have since dealt Russell to the Cubs and Daniel Robertson to to the Rays.
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Sitting again Friday
SSOakland Athletics
September 14, 2018
Pinder is out of the lineup for Friday's game at Tampa Bay, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Remains on bench
SSOakland Athletics
September 13, 2018
Pinder is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles.
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On bench Wednesday
SSOakland Athletics
September 12, 2018
Pinder is not in the lineup against Baltimore on Wednesday.
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Rides pine Sunday
SSOakland Athletics
September 9, 2018
Pinder is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
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Slaps 11th homer
SSOakland Athletics
September 8, 2018
Pinder went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's win over the Rangers.
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