Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman

30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Despite finishing second behind Aaron Judge in Statcast hard-hit rate and ranking in the 98th percentile in barrel rate, Chapman was only 10% better than league average by wRC+ in 2023, a step backward from his first season in Toronto. He managed a modest 17 homers and a .424 SLG in 581 plate appearances. The third baseman limped to the finish line with a .663 OPS in his final 52 games around a stint on the injured list with a right middle finger sprain. That issue aside, Chapman has been remarkably healthy throughout his career, exceeding 600 PA in each of the last four full seasons prior to last year. Barring significant changes in the batter's box, Chapman seems destined to fan at an elevated rate pushing 30%, and those swing-and-miss issues will likely continue to temper his production. That said, Chapman's defense is holding up well and he's just entering his age-31 season. His playing time will be locked in no matter where he ends up in free agency. Read Past Outlooks
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#276
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$Signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Giants in March of 2024. Contract includes $17 million player option ($2 million buyout) for 2025. Contract includes $18 million player option ($3 million buyout) for 2026. Contract includes $20 million mutual option ($1 million buyout) for 2027.
Homers, scores thrice in win
3BSan Francisco Giants
April 14, 2024
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Rays.
ANALYSIS
Chapman first came around to score in the top of the sixth inning after drawing a walk -- one of three walks allowed in succession by Chris Devenski. The third baseman scored again on a Thairo Estrada home run in the next frame before launching a solo shot of his own in the ninth with the game already well in hand. Chapman is still batting just .186 in April following Saturday's two-hit performance, though he has now registered multiple hits in two of his last three contests.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+70%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .823 245 38 8 29 3 .282 .355 .468
Since 2022vs Right .730 1027 122 39 111 4 .220 .315 .415
2024vs Left .928 15 4 0 0 1 .385 .467 .462
2024vs Right .546 55 7 3 10 0 .154 .200 .346
2023vs Left .890 112 17 4 17 2 .307 .375 .515
2023vs Right .722 469 49 13 37 2 .223 .320 .402
2022vs Left .747 118 17 4 12 0 .245 .322 .425
2022vs Right .759 503 66 23 64 2 .225 .324 .435
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+79%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .763 592 72 27 74 2 .230 .321 .442
Since 2022Away .736 680 88 20 66 5 .234 .325 .411
2024Home .414 25 3 0 3 1 .174 .240 .174
2024Away .743 45 8 3 7 0 .214 .267 .476
2023Home .727 267 27 8 25 1 .223 .315 .412
2023Away .779 314 39 9 29 3 .254 .344 .435
2022Home .826 300 42 19 46 0 .240 .333 .492
2022Away .693 321 41 8 30 2 .218 .315 .379
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.27
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
22.7%
 
BABIP
.233
 
ISO
.180
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.273
 
SLG
.393
 
OPS
.666
 
wOBA
.295
 
Exit Velocity
94.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.5%
 
Barrels/PA
8.6%
 
Expected BA
.261
 
Expected SLG
.476
 
Sprint Speed
 
Ground Ball %
37.0%
 
Line Drive %
15.2%
 
Fly Ball %
47.8%
 
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Giants remain best fit
3BFree Agent
February 28, 2024
Jon Morosi of MLB Network still believes San Francisco is the ideal landing spot for Chapman as a free agent.
ANALYSIS
The recent return of Cody Bellinger to the Cubs leaves Chapman as the top position player available that still plays the field, but that likely won't affect his market much. The Giants have been the presumed favorites for Chapman through much of the offseason, but there's seemingly been little traction toward an actual deal. The 30-year-old was one of the best players in baseball from 2018-20 with an .851 OPS to go along with his elite defense, but his .743 OPS over the past three seasons is closer to average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2022 was a mixed bag of fantasy success for Chapman. He made the adjustment from Oakland to Toronto, and an eight-percentage point reduction in his strikeout rate helped him raise his batting average 19 points last season. Yet, he still hit 14 points below the league average and simply replicated his home run total from the previous season when many were expecting a Rogers Centre boost to his homers away from O.co Coliseum. On the plus side, he once again avoided the IL as he has done for three of the past four seasons but even hitting .250 in a season appears to be a distant memory for him as he has not done so now in four seasons. He still makes excellent hard contact and could potentially benefit from the new shifting rules as his wOBA against the shift fell 103 points when he changed divisions. It would be foolish to expect a full rebound in that area as a well-positioned second baseman next to the bag still has a fighter's chance of stopping anything up the middle. He would hit higher in a less talented lineup as he did in Oakland, but that is not likely to happen in Toronto in 2023.
Chapman missed the second half of the abbreviated 2020 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hip labrum. While he continued to flourish defensively in 2021 -- he took home his third Rawlings Gold Glove at the hot corner -- his struggles on the other side of the ball make it hard to not wonder if he was still experiencing discomfort in his hip. After seeing his K% drop in both 2018 and 2019, Chapman endured ugly swing-and-miss numbers for the second year in a row. His 202 strikeouts set an Athletics franchise record and left him behind only Joey Gallo for the major-league lead. Despite his struggles making contact, however, Chapman was still able to log 27 home runs and a career-high 80 walks while slashing .210/.314/.403. Fantasy owners can expect the 28-year-old's elite defense to keep him in the lineup everyday, and if he's able to cut down substantially on his strikeout numbers, Chapman still possesses an offensive ceiling that could be worth taking a flyer on in 2022.
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.
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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Picks up two hits in win
3BSan Francisco Giants
April 11, 2024
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-1 over the Nationals.
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Launches two homers Friday
3BSan Francisco Giants
March 29, 2024
Chapman went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a double and five RBI in Friday's 8-3 win over the Padres.
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Hitting fifth in spring debut
3BSan Francisco Giants
March 7, 2024
Chapman is starting at third base and batting fifth for the Giants on Thursday against the Dodgers in his Cactus League debut, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Signs with Giants
3BSan Francisco Giants
March 1, 2024
Chapman signed a three-year, $54 million contract with the Giants on Friday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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San Francisco remains in mix
3BFree Agent
February 27, 2024
The Giants remain a possible designation for Chapman in free agency, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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