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2023 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #40, Andrew Chafin

Your all-time Diamondbacks leader in games pitched...

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Overview

  • Rating: 3.61
  • 2023 stats: With Arizona: 43 games, 34.1 IP, a record of 2-3, with 8 saves. He had a 4.19 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and a 3.11 FIP. He gave up 3 home runs, walked 48 and struck out 49.

With Milwaukee: 20 games, 17 IP, a record of 1-1, with no saves. He had a 5.82 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and a 5.84 FIP. He gave up 3 home runs, walked 10 and struck out 14.

  • Date of birth: June 17th, 1990
  • 2023 salary: Signed thru 2023, 1 yr/$6.23M (23) & 24 team option [copied from Chafin’s BR page]
  • 2024 status: The Brewers declined Chafin’s $7.25 million club option for 2024 on Thursday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. (11/2/2023) [copied from Chafin’s fangraphs page]

2023 in review

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Chafin was drafted 1-43 by us in the 2011 draft out of Kent State University. He came up as a starter, and his first 3 appearances of his career were starts in 2014. He would be a Dback until the 2020 -farce- season. On August 31 of that year, he was traded to the Cubs for minor league infielder, Ronny Simon. Chafin also had stops in Oakland and Detroit, before signing with us this past offseason. Here is a link to Makakilo’s article profiling Chafin.
https://www.azsnakepit.com/2023/3/7/23624746/a-perspective-of-andrew-chafin

If you wondered if he pitched in the playoffs for us in 2017, he did. 13 inning in the WC game and in 2 games in the NLDS for another 13 inning. He managed to give up 2 hits and an earned run.

As mentioned in the dek, Chafin is now the franchises games pitched leader (380). He passed Brad Ziegler (377) on July 22nd against the Cinncinati Reds. He would only have two more appearances before being traded to Milwaukee, including a game where he gave up 5 earned runs to the Cardinals. He finishes his Dbacks tenure (assuming they dont bring him back a third time!) with 380 games, 306 innings, 337 Ks to 135 walks, 19 HRs allowed and a record of 12-15 to go along with 10 saves.

From March 31 to May 5th, he pitched in 15 contests for 12.2 innings. During this stretch, he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits, struck out 21 and walked 5. An ERA of 2.13, opponents batting average of .174 and a FIP of 2.15. He had 5 saves along with a blown save where he was the pitcher of record in a Dback victory against the Royals on April 24th. He came in in relief of Castro in the 8th walked his first batter and gave up a single to the next hitter. Sound familiar? The team rallied to go up 5-4, and Chafin finished the game in the ninth.

His next two games resulted in a blown save and then a loss against the Nationals and Marlins respectively. the next 15 game stretch from May 6th through June 12th saw him give up 5 runs on 15 hits in 11 innings. He had an ERA of 4.09, opponents batting average of .313 and a FIP of 3.07. Fifteen Ks to 5 walks.

The final 13 games he pitched for us this season, June 15th-July 29th, he pitched in 13.2 innings and gave up 8 earned runs on 8 hits. He had 13 Ks to 8 walks, and 6.75 ERA with a FIP of 4.29. Curiously, his opponents batting average was just .211. Seven of those runs were scored in two games, the previously mentioned game against the Cardinals and also a game against the NY Mets on July 5th.

On August 1st, he was traded to Milwaukee for Peter Strzelecki. DBE’s player review for Mr. Copyandpaste. https://www.azsnakepit.com/2023/11/26/23967097/2023-diamondbacks-reviews-46-peter-strzelecki

For Milwaukee, he pitched in 20 ballgames... and not very well. He had 17 innings pitched, game up 13 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits. He walked 10 and struck out 14 and gave up 3 long balls... He had 3 home runs allowed in 43 games as a Dback. He had an ERA of 5.82 and a FIP of 5.84 and an opponents batting average of .222. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt so I looked at his game logs. He was scored upon in 6 games and gave up at least 1 base runner in 14 games. August 8th through August 25th, he pitched in 5 games gave up 10 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks and allowed 2 home runs. His ERA was 24.30 and his FIP was 14.36 to go along with an opponent batting average of .375. I am unclear if he was on the Brewers post season roster, but if he was, he did not pitch in the series.

In proof that you can find anything online, here is a youtube of Andrew Chafin 2023 highlights.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4SFUVXTPag

2024 outlook

The Brewers declined his 2024 option and Chafin is currently an UFA.
https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/11/brewers-decline-options-on-andrew-chafin-justin-wilson.html