Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
If defense was a category in standard mixed leagues, Chapman could be a top-20 selection. Even without the glove, there is so much to like about him at the plate. He does not hit for a high average, but when he puts a ball in play, it comes off his bat hot. His batted-ball metrics in 2020 were near the top of the league in terms of hard contact, but something was off. His strikeout rate had improved every season from 2017-2019, but it spiked in 2020 in a big way, jumping from 21.9% to 35.5%. That, coupled with a plunge in his walk rate, showed something was not right, and then we learned Chapman was going to shut it down early to have hip labrum surgery in September. Players who recently had the same surgery include Troy Tulowitzki (2014), Mark Canha (2016), Nick Ahmed (2016) and Buster Posey (2018). Check out their subsequent seasons as you decide where you want to draft Chapman in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#193
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$Signed a one-year, $6.49 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2021.
Not starting Sunday
3BOakland Athletics
October 3, 2021
Chapman is on the bench for Sunday's game against the Astros, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Barring an appearance off the bench, Chapman finishes the season slashing .210/.314/.403 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI. Chad Pinder is starting at third base and batting cleanup Sunday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
1
16
29
17
19
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
13
17
16
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .815 410 65 26 57 3 .228 .322 .493
Since 2019vs Right .778 1034 134 47 131 1 .231 .323 .455
2021vs Left .806 208 31 14 30 3 .228 .317 .489
2021vs Right .670 414 44 13 42 0 .201 .312 .358
2020vs Left .642 23 5 1 2 0 .190 .261 .381
2020vs Right .841 129 17 9 23 0 .240 .279 .562
2019vs Left .848 179 29 11 25 0 .234 .335 .513
2019vs Right .848 491 73 25 66 1 .254 .344 .503
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .813 732 98 38 94 2 .232 .333 .479
Since 2019Away .764 712 101 35 94 2 .229 .312 .452
2021Home .639 307 33 10 29 2 .185 .296 .342
2021Away .791 315 42 17 43 1 .234 .330 .461
2020Home .975 83 15 7 13 0 .273 .325 .649
2020Away .617 69 7 3 12 0 .185 .217 .400
2019Home .926 342 50 21 52 0 .263 .368 .557
2019Away .770 328 52 15 39 1 .235 .314 .456
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
12.9%
 
K Rate
32.5%
 
BABIP
.272
 
ISO
.193
 
AVG
.210
 
OBP
.314
 
SLG
.403
 
OPS
.716
 
wOBA
.317
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Chapman burnished his reputation as one of the sport's top two-way talents in 2019, popping 36 homers and claiming his second Platinum Glove. The 26-year-old may have already reached his peak defensively, but fortunately for fantasy purposes, there's reason to think his best is yet to come on the offensive side. Though Chapman took steps forward in terms of isolated power (.257) and plate discipline (career-best 21.9 K% and 11.1 BB%), a 29-point drop in batting average from 2018 kept him from being a top-10 fantasy option at the loaded third-base position. Chapman's elite exit velocity and hard-hit rate offer hope for a turnaround in BABIP, but he'll still likely need to trade more groundballs for line drives before he becomes a trusted annual batting-average asset. Even if that never comes to fruition, Chapman's plate skills as is make him eminently valuable and give him a high floor in three categories.
One of the league's best defenders, Chapman built on the offensive skills he teased during his 84-game big-league debut in 2017, increasing his batting average, OBP and SLG all by at least 30 points. He cut his K% from 28.2 to 23.7 and maintained a walk rate above 9%. While hitting second for his final 57 games of the season, he rolled to the tune of a .294/.354/.563 line over 254 plate appearances. Chapman held several prominent spots on the 2018 Statcast leaderboards, highlighted by an eighth-place finish in average exit velocity (93.0 mph). He underwent left thumb surgery in October and shoulder surgery in December, but the expectation is that he will be fine for spring training. As long as his March tune-ups look normal, Chapman should end up a bargain in mixed leagues, but expect the price to climb in AL-only, where playing time with Chapman's stability will command a surcharge.
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.
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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Out of lineup
3BOakland Athletics
October 1, 2021
Chapman will sit for Friday's game against Houston.
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Accounts for lone run in loss
3BOakland Athletics
September 23, 2021
Chapman went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.
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Knocks two extra-base hits
3BOakland Athletics
September 19, 2021
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run, a walk and a strikeout in 3-2 win over the Angels on Sunday.
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On base thrice in return
3BOakland Athletics
September 18, 2021
Chapman (lower leg) went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run in a win over the Angels on Friday.
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Returns to lineup
3BOakland Athletics
September 17, 2021
Chapman (lower leg) is back in the starting lineup Friday against the Angels.
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