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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: MATT CHAPMAN 3B OAKLAND A'S

Oakland A's 2014 first-round pick Matt Chapman didn't take long to turn himself into a star for the 2018 AL Wild Card winners as a somewhat slow start to the season ended with the guy garnering some MVP attention due to excellence both offensively and defensively.  Quickly showing himself to be a human vacuum glove at first base, Chapman was certainly no slouch with the bat either as he hit .278 with 24 home runs and 100 runs scored while working near the top of what became a powerhouse Oakland lineup.  While the rest of Chapman's statistical haul was not overly impressive (1 stolen base, 68 RBI), there is every reason to believe he has another tier of production to reach given the fact he will turn just 26 in April.  Typical of an Oakland hitter, Chapman does a nice job drawing walks (9.4 BB/9) but in order for him to realize his optimal batting average potential, he needs to cut down a bit on the high 23.7 K.9 rate.  Considering the usually affordable price tag for West Coast hitters due to the late night starts of their games on the East Coast, Chapman is shaping up to be a very nice value play with some remaining upside for those who smartly take a look here in drafts.
2019 PROJECTION:  .284 26 HR 105 R 74 RBI 2 SB

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