Andrew Chafin Struggles In First Full Season

By J. Levi Burnfin

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As the second part of a series of updates on some of the Diamondbacks’ top prospect, I’ll take a look at Andrew Chafin. Archie Bradley was the feature of the first entry HERE.

As Bradley was overshadowed by his draft mate Trevor Bauer, Andrew Chafin was completely in the dark as the D-backs third and final first-round pick in 2011. A lefty, Chafin was selected as a compensation pick and the 43rd overall pick out of Kent State.

Since Chafin was a college pitcher and 22 years old, he was placed in High-A Visalia this season after throwing in a single game last year in the short-season rookie league.

Much like Bradley, Chafin struggled with command. He walked 69 hitters in only 122.1 innings. Many of those walks came around to score and shot Chafin’s ERA up to 4.93 on the season. Chafin flashed his outstanding stuff that made him a first-round draft pick, though – he struck out 150 for the season.

Chafin has good velocity, reportedly sits at 91-93 and reaches 95-96 with a good amount of natural sink on the two-seamer. The slider is his second-best pitch with his curve a distant third.

I’d bet that Chafin drops the curveball and sticks with the slider while trying to develop a changeup to consistently get right-handed hitters out.

It will be interesting to see what level Chafin begins next season. A short start in Visalia for a month or two seems the most likely. If he progresses, he may be promoted to Mobile quickly.