The Minor League system of the Arizona Diamondbacks had a busy week. 17 players shuttled throughout all levels of the organization with Chase Anderson and Evan Marshall called up to the Show. One guy who could be on the move soon is Andrew Chafin, the D’backs #12 prospect according to mlb.com.
The 23-year old left-hander, who was the 43rd overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Kent St., has been outstanding for the Double A Mobile BayBears. Chafin is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts for Mobile. In a three start span during April, he allowed only one earned run over 18 2/3 innings. His last start was by far his worst outing of the year as Chafin was lit up for five earned runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. In 42 innings, he has allowed 40 hits and 16 walks while striking out 32. Chafin started 21 games at Mobile last season and went 10-7 with a 2.85 ERA. When combining both seasons, that works out to a 12-8 record with an ERA of about 2.50 in 28 starts. That tells me that by June, Chafin deserves to be starting in TripleA Reno.
The big issue with the lefty according to mlb.com, is that there is a worry about arm fatigue. Chafin underwent Tommy John surgery resulting in missing his sophomore season at Kent St. His fastball has dropped a couple of MPH over the past year. Chafin was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League after the 2013 season but was sent home after two appearances because of arm fatigue. This leads some to believe that his future in the Major Leagues will be in the bullpen.
That remains to be seen. As far as right now goes, Chafin deserves to be at Reno this Summer.