Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt
32-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Thought to be on the outside of the rotation looking in when spring training began, Bassitt was thrust into a starting role due to injuries to A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo leading up to Opening Day. The right-hander pitched like anything but a back-end starter, posting a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 11 regular-season starts, with a 0.72 ERA in 37.1 innings at home. By the end he earned himself the Game 1 nod in the ALDS. Bassitt works mostly fastballs -- sinker, cutter, four-seamer -- while mixing in his breaking and offspeed stuff only about 20% of the time in total. He does not have overpowering velocity, and with the number of fastballs he throws, his strikeout numbers are modest (21.1 K% last season). However, Bassitt has done away with questions about his role, and with his pitch efficiency, everything sets up well for a second double-digit win season. He won 10 in 2019 while only making 25 starts. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
#183
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $4.9 million contract with the A's in January of 2021.
Avoids arbitration
POakland Athletics
January 15, 2021
Bassitt signed a one-year, $4.9 million deal with the A's on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander more than doubles his $2.25 million salary from 2020 (before being prorated for the shortened season) after delivering a 2.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 55:17 K:BB across 63 innings. Bassitt has a firm spot in the starting rotation for 2021 entering spring training.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
87
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Chris Bassitt generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .219 524 128 45 102 20 2 19
Since 2018vs Right .238 553 109 38 119 21 1 12
2020vs Left .248 111 24 8 25 8 0 4
2020vs Right .223 150 31 9 31 7 0 2
2019vs Left .209 316 82 29 58 10 2 14
2019vs Right .251 296 59 18 67 11 1 7
2018vs Left .218 97 22 8 19 2 0 1
2018vs Right .223 107 19 11 21 3 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-46%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-84%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.31 1.10 128.2 8 5 0 8.6 2.5 0.5
Since 2018Away 4.29 1.29 126.0 9 5 0 8.1 3.4 1.7
2020Home 0.72 1.02 37.1 2 1 0 7.5 2.2 0.0
2020Away 4.56 1.36 25.2 3 1 0 8.4 2.8 2.1
2019Home 3.01 1.11 68.2 6 2 0 9.0 2.6 0.7
2019Away 4.54 1.27 75.1 4 3 0 8.6 3.2 1.9
2018Home 2.78 1.24 22.2 0 2 0 9.1 2.8 0.8
2018Away 3.24 1.24 25.0 2 1 0 6.5 4.3 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Chris Bassitt compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
3.24
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
92.9 mph
 
ERA
2.29
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.290
 
GB/FB
1.39
 
Left On Base
85.1%
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2121 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.0%
 
Swinging Strike
9.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bassitt began the season on the IL with a lower leg injury, returning in mid-April to replace the injured Marco Estrada in Oakland's rotation. He made 25 starts before moving to the bullpen in September, going 10-5 with a serviceable 3.95 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in those outings (139 innings). Bassitt enjoyed a slight velocity bump -- his average fastball clocked in at 93.5 mph after sitting around 92 mph in 2018 -- which resulted in a career-best 8.8 K/9. His flyball tendencies led to a 1.3 HR/9, though the juiced ball likely played a factor, as he typically did well to limit hard contact. While Bassitt could push for a rotation spot in 2020, the A's have plenty of starting pitching depth, so there's a chance he opens the season in a long-relief role. The right-hander flashed his potential in such a role down the stretch, striking out nine batters across three scoreless appearances spanning five innings.
Bassitt didn't appear in the majors at all in 2017, spending the second half on the farm recapturing velocity after Tommy John surgery the previous year. In 2018, Bassitt racked up a ton of frequent flyer mileage, making the 2300-mile trip between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville seven times. The righty appeared in 11 games for the Athletics, starting seven. He posted a career-best 20.1 K%, a rate still below league average. Bassitt features a 92-mph sinking fastball, mixing in a slider, change and curve. The curve generates a solid 15.0 SwStr% but he only throws it 13% of the time. Bassitt will be in the mix for a rotation spot coming out of the spring, though he may end up in a swingman role. His low strikeout rate tempers mixed-league value, but if he's starting, Bassitt can be useful in deeper formats, especially if you can reserve him for tough road affairs.
Bassitt rode a strong showing in 2015 into the 2016 campaign, where he was given the chance to be a full-time member of the big league rotation. Things started off well enough, as he held a 2.79 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP through three starts. However, the wheels came off in the ensuing two starts, as the right-hander proceeded to allow 13 runs (all earned) on 19 hits (including three home runs) over that span. His season took an even bigger turn for the worse after his final April start, as it was discovered that he had injured his elbow severely enough to require Tommy John surgery. With that procedure taking place in May, Bassitt will likely be out of contention for a rotation spot at least until the second half of the 2017 season. Getting back into the rotation could be a tall task now that higher-upside arms like Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton are stepping into the rotation, and with Frankie Montas knocking at the door as well.
Injuries opened the door for Bassitt to join the A's, and he ended up being an effective member of the rotation over the final three months, compiling a 3.58 ERA in 75.1 innings (13 starts). Bassitt was the victim of some brutal run support, amassing only one solitary win even though he had eight starts in which he allowed two runs or fewer. He does not project to be a big strikeout pitcher with only a 6.6 K/9 through his first 115.2 major league innings, but more strikeouts could be coming as he had a 8.7 K/9 rate during his career in the minor leagues. Bassitt's solid performance puts him in the mix for a rotation spot to start 2016, but his chances at that role will depend on how many of the A's healthy pitchers are traded, and how many of their injured arms are ready to go to start the year.
Bassitt shot up the organizational depth chart after leading the White Sox's minor leaguers with 101 strikeouts in 2013. He suffered a broken hand in a non-baseball related injury to start the year, but continued to develop unencumbered once he returned to health. Bassitt made a few late-season starts in the big leagues, but his lack of a third pitch resulted in unimpressive strikeout and walk ratios. The White Sox sent him to the Arizona Fall League to make up some innings, where he struck out 22 in 13 relief innings. The A's acquired him as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox in December. Bassitt will likely compete for a rotation spot during spring training, while it's uncertain if he'll simply move to the bullpen or remain stretched out at Triple-A if he doesn't begin the season as a starter with the A's.
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Struggles through four innings
POakland Athletics
October 6, 2020
Bassit allowed four runs on nine hits (including two homers) in his four-inning start in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday, striking out four while walking none.
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Keeps A's in it with win
POakland Athletics
October 1, 2020
Bassitt earned the win over the White Sox on Wednesday in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series. He allowed one run on six hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings.
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Seven shutout innings
POakland Athletics
September 25, 2020
Bassitt did not factor into the decision during Friday's win despite holding the Mariners scoreless across seven innings. He allowed five hits and no walks while striking out six.
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Improves to 5-2
POakland Athletics
September 19, 2020
Bassitt (5-2) allowed three hits and three walks over 6.2 scoreless innings in a win over the Giants on Friday. He struck out seven.
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Six strong innings
POakland Athletics
September 12, 2020
Bassitt (4-2) allowed one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight across six innings to earn the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rangers.
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