Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in June of 2017.
Multi-hit effort in big win
3BOakland Athletics
July 14, 2019
Chapman went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, another two-bagger and two runs in a win over the White Sox on Saturday.
Chapman played a prominent role in the Athletics' 13-hit outburst, continuing his hot post-All-Star-break start. The third baseman had also gone 2-for-4 during a win in Friday's series opener, and he's now hitting .321 (9-for-28) overall in his first seven games of July.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
Since 2017vs Left .836 372 58 15 40 0 .267 .347 .489
Since 2017vs Right .863 970 143 44 122 1 .266 .346 .516
2019vs Left .933 101 20 7 14 0 .253 .347 .586
2019vs Right .889 299 42 14 40 0 .281 .365 .525
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
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OPS at Home
OPS at Home
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .875 680 99 30 80 0 .276 .356 .519
Since 2017Away .835 662 102 29 82 1 .256 .337 .498
2019Home 1.062 203 34 14 30 0 .318 .409 .653
2019Away .739 197 28 7 24 0 .232 .310 .429
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
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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 this season's data (min 200 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Resting ahead of All-Star Game
3BOakland Athletics
July 7, 2019
Chapman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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Flirts with cycle versus Angels
3BOakland Athletics
June 30, 2019
Chapman went 3-for-6 with a home run, a triple, a double, six RBI and two runs scored during Sunday's 12-3 win over the Angels.
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Reaches 20 homers
3BOakland Athletics
June 29, 2019
Chapman went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Angels.
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Smacks 19th homer
3BOakland Athletics
June 27, 2019
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
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Powers offense Saturday
3BOakland Athletics
June 22, 2019
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored, two RBI and a double in Saturday's 4-2 win over Tampa Bay.
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