Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Eight strong innings
POakland Athletics
May 16, 2019
Bassitt (2-1) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out seven across eight shutout innings to earn the win Thursday against the Tigers.
Bassitt was given a six-run lead in the third inning but ultimately didn't need it while managing to hold the Tigers to just one extra-base hit across his eight innings of work. He stayed out of trouble by recording 16 of his 24 outs via either groundball or strikeout. While he went just five innings in two of his first three outings, he has combined to work 15.2 innings across his last two starts, allowing just three earned runs while striking out 16. He'll look to keep the strong results going in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday at Cleveland.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .200 156 42 14 28 3 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .209 175 37 14 33 6 1 4
2019vs Left .170 59 20 6 9 1 0 4
2019vs Right .188 68 18 3 12 3 1 1
2018vs Left .218 97 22 8 19 2 0 1
2018vs Right .223 107 19 11 21 3 0 3
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2017Home 2.55 1.19 35.1 1 3 0 9.9 3.1 1.0
Since 2017Away 2.60 1.04 45.0 3 1 0 8.0 3.2 1.0
2019Home 2.13 1.11 12.2 1 1 0 11.4 3.6 1.4
2019Away 1.80 0.80 20.0 1 0 0 9.9 1.8 1.4
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Strong showing in loss
POakland Athletics
May 9, 2019
Bassitt (1-1) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine and walking one across 7.2 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Reds.
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Gives up two homers
POakland Athletics
May 4, 2019
Bassitt allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision against the Pirates on Saturday.
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Tosses seven strong innings
POakland Athletics
April 28, 2019
Bassitt surrendered one run on three hits and struck out nine over seven innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.
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Wins first start
POakland Athletics
April 22, 2019
Bassitt (1-0) got the win against the Rangers on Monday, scattering two hits over five innings while giving up no runs, striking out seven and walking four as the Athletics prevailed 6-1.
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Set for '19 debut
POakland Athletics
April 21, 2019
Bassitt will make his first start of 2019 against the Rangers on Monday, Alex Espinoza of reports.
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