Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Oakland Athletics
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Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Many of the skills that Chapman showcased in Oakland's farm system were on display during his first year in the majors. He was solid defensively, helping turn 34 double plays, ranking fourth among American League third basemen. The power translated, as Chapman finished the year with 14 home runs, 23 doubles and two triples (.472 slugging percentage) in just over a half-season's worth of games (84). He also walked at a strong 9.8 percent clip. Strikeouts hindered what could have been a great showing; Chapman struck out in 28.2 percent of his plate appearances, which was in line with what he'd done at Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento where his K-rates always hung around the 30.0 percent mark. His defensive ability should keep Chapman at the hot corner close to every day in 2018. It'd be nice to see him cut down on strikeouts, but there's enough here already to like Chapman as a low-cost corner infield option. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Athletics for $1.75 million in June 2014.
Undergoes thumb surgery
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October 18, 2018
Chapman underwent successful left thumb surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. The club failed to disclose a specific timetable but he's expected to be healthy prior to spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Specifically, Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb. It's unclear when Chapman suffered the left thumb injury -- though he dealt with various right hand/wrist injuries during the year -- especially since his production remained at a high level throughout the final few weeks of the 2018 season. He finished off the year with a slash line of .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 145 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2017
Even Split
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .801 271 38 8 26 0 .273 .347 .455
Since 2016vs Right .851 671 101 30 82 1 .259 .338 .513
2018vs Left .810 178 28 4 14 0 .288 .360 .450
2018vs Right .886 438 72 20 54 1 .274 .354 .532
2017vs Left .786 93 10 4 12 0 .244 .323 .463
2017vs Right .785 233 29 10 28 0 .231 .309 .476
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .798 477 65 16 50 0 .259 .333 .465
Since 2016Away .877 465 74 22 58 1 .267 .348 .528
2018Home .749 312 40 8 26 0 .246 .324 .425
2018Away .984 304 60 16 42 1 .311 .388 .596
2017Home .892 165 25 8 24 0 .284 .352 .541
2017Away .675 161 14 6 16 0 .183 .273 .401
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Matt Chapman 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
0.40
 
BB Rate
9.4%
 
K Rate
23.7%
 
BABIP
.338
 
ISO
.230
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.356
 
SLG
.508
 
OPS
.864
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Chapman has done almost all of his damage at Stockton, a park notorious for artificially boosting the stock of hitting prospects, and Midland, which also favors hitters. He sold out for power at Double-A, posting a 29.2 percent strikeout rate, and was even more power-hungry after a brief promotion to Triple-A, notching just a 101 wRC+ despite hitting seven home runs in 18 games. This is not the first time an A's hitting prospect has boosted their stock at High-A and Double-A, but Renato Nunez and Matt Olson, for instance, are younger, have reached the big leagues, and have shown the ability to make contact at an acceptable clip in the upper levels of the minors. Chapman has more raw power than those two, but he may also have the worst hit tool of the three. Unless he can close some of the holes in his swing, Chapman seems destined to occupy the short side of a platoon. With Ryon Healy's emergence, that may come in right field or at DH.
Chapman was the A's first-round selection in 2014, and that pick started paying dividends in 2015, as he slugged 23 homers at High-A Stockton in only 304 at-bats. Chapman greatly improved his walk rate from 3.5% in 2014 to 11.1% in 2015 while keeping his strikeouts stable. His ISO of .316 was extremely promising and most scouting reports rave about his raw power. Chapman projects to be a solid third baseman on defense and possesses a gigantic arm — he actually pitched at Cal State Fullerton and threw in the mid-90s. He was scheduled to play in the 2015 Arizona Fall League, but a lingering wrist injury caused him to skip it. Assuming the wrist is healed by the spring, Chapman will probably begin the season in Double-A with his likely debut in Oakland coming in 2017.
Chapman was the A's first-round pick in 2014 out of Cal State Fullerton. The third baseman received 207 professional at-bats in 2014, mostly at Low-A Beloit, where he hit only .246 with five homers. His plate discipline still needs to be refined, as he struck out 47 times in 2014 while only walking eight times. There was some concern about the amount of swing-and-miss in Chapman's approach entering the draft, but he could become a good right-handed bat in time. If Chapman fails to stick as a position player, he could eventually surface as a late-inning reliever, as he touches 98 mph with his fastball. As a position player, Chapman profiles as a gap power hitter with solid bat speed and a cannon of an arm at the hot corner. He could move through the system reasonably quickly if he puts the contact concerns to rest, and the A's are likely to assign him to High-A Stockton to begin 2015.
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Gets rare day off
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September 26, 2018
Chapman is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.
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Smacks 24th homer
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September 24, 2018
Chapman went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Monday against the Mariners.
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Drives in two, scores twice
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September 20, 2018
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI on Thursday against the Angels.
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Notches three hits and homer
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September 15, 2018
Chapman went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Rays.
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Plates three in rout
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September 13, 2018
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and an RBI single in a win over the Orioles on Wednesday. He also scored once.
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