Chafin has had an efficient spring thus far, which makes it hard for manager Torey Lovullo to evaluate the left-hander, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Chafin, perhaps more than other Diamondback reliever, will be impacted by the rule change requiring relievers to face a minimum of three batters upon entering a game unless the inning comes to an end first. He's been successful attacking hitters, putting the ball in the zone with good results. A byproduct of that is a low pitch count. Lovullo would like to see more pitch variety from Chafin. "I would have liked to seen him throw a slider or two," Lovullo said after one outing. "But he knows what he needs to get to [get ready for Opening Day]. We'll figure that out." Chafin is an old-breed lefty specialist. He's made 225 appearances over the last three seasons, totaling 153.1 innings.
Chafin agreed to a one-year, $3.045 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This is the southpaw's third and final year as an arbitration-eligible player before he hits the open market. His ERA has been under 4.00 in three straight seasons.
Chafin allowed a homer to the only batter he faced Sunday, blowing a save in the loss to the Dodgers.
Chafin was called on to record a two-out save but promptly allowed a game-tying shot to Cody Bellinger before getting yanked. The 29-year-old lefty is 0-for-3 in save chances this season with a 4.07 ERA.
Chafin (2-2) struck out one and earned the win Friday after holding the Dodgers scoreless over 1.2 innings.
Chafin came into a 2-2 game in the ninth inning with one out and retired all five batters with ease. Meanwhile, Carson Kelly hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th to gift Chafin and the Diamondbacks with the win. Through 56 appearances, Chafin owns a 4.28 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
Chafin walked one and struck out one over a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
Chafin has not allowed a run over his last five outings, a stretch that includes two holds. He's mostly a lefty specialist and often throws less than an inning, which makes it difficult to find a role for him in a fantasy lineup.
Chafin retired the lone batter he faced in Friday's 15-8 win over the Red Sox.
Chafin was called on at the most critical juncture and got the left-handed-hitting Rafael Devers in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Facing one or two lefties has become Chafin's role, and he filled it nicely Friday, giving Devers nothing to hit and inducing a meekly hit groundball back to the mound. It may be a stretch to call any moment in a 15-8 game a high-leverage spot, but one poorly located pitch would have cut the Diamondbacks' lead to two while giving Boston momentum. Instead, Chafin got the one batter he needed to, called it a night, and the Diamondbacks tacked on another eight runs before it was over.
Chafin struck out one over a scoreless inning Saturday against the Cubs.
Chafin is expected to serve a back-end role in the bullpen, along with Greg Holland, Yoshihisa Hirano and Archie Bradley. The first three members of that group pitched Saturday and threw the ball well; Chafin, Holland and Hirano combined for three scoreless innings. Those are the kinds of things a manager looks for as the team gears up for the regular season.
Chafin signed a one-year, $1.945 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Chafin had a good year out of the bullpen for the Diamondbacks in 2018, posting a 3.10 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 across 49.1 innings. The 28-year-old's 2.65 FIP also suggests some room for improvement as he should once again serve as a situational left-hander for Arizona.
Chafin walked the lone batter he faced on five pitches during Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Rockies.
Chafin has been the Diamondbacks' top choice for lefty-on-lefty matchups for the bulk of the season, but his recent struggles may have resulted in Jake Diekman surpassing him in the bullpen hierarchy. The 28-year-old has walked five of the past seven batters he has faced, eliminating any utility he offers in his situational role. Manager Torey Lovullo may want Chafin to iron out his control problems in lower-leverage spots before turning to him again late in close games.
Chafin was credited with his 13th hold of the season after retiring the lone batter he faced in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mariners.
Chafin was the first reliever summoned from the bullpen after starter Zack Greinke exited with two outs and two runners on in the top of the seventh inning. As per usual, Chafin aced the lefty-on-lefty matchup with Robinson Cano, inducing an inning-ending groundout in five pitches to end the Seattle threat. Chafin owns a 2.13 ERA and 9.4 K/9 for the season, but the impact of that production has been limited due to his low innings count, as he's frequently been called upon to face only one or two hitters over his 61 appearances.
Chafin was reinstated from the paternity list Friday.
Chafin missed three days while on paternity leave. To make room for him on the roster, Chris Owings was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
Chafin was placed on the paternity list Tuesday.
He must miss one game and may not miss more than three games, so he will return to the Diamondbacks' bullpen later this week. Silvino Bracho was recalled from Triple-A to take his spot in the bullpen.
Chafin retired two of the three batters he faced in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Rockies.
Chafin allowed a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon in the top of the ninth inning, then induced a double-play ball before giving way to Silvino Bracho, who got Nolan Arenado to ground out to end the game. Manager Torey Lovullo typically limits Chafin's usage to lefty-on-lefty matchups, which has helped the 28-year-old attain a bullpen-best 1.51 ERA this season.
Chafin struck out both of the hitters he faced in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Padres in 16 innings.
Chafin has yielded runs in just three of his last 31 appearances, producing a 1.21 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 9.3 K/9 over that stretch. The top lefty in the Arizona bullpen, Chafin is at his best against same-handed hitters, but he's been doing a credible job of limiting the damage versus right-handed bats as well. Over 58 at-bats this season, the southpaw has limited right-handed hitters to a .190/.284/.293 slash line.
Chafin retired all four batters he faced in Friday's 7-3 win over the Mets.
It was the longest outing of the season for the southpaw, who was given more of a leash in relief than usual with left-handers Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo making up half of the hitters he faced. Chafin has yielded just two runs over his last 22 appearances spanning 15 innings, trimming his season ERA to 1.82 in the process.
Chafin worked around a base hit to deliver a scoreless eighth inning in the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.
Chafin hasn't yielded an earned run in 14 of his last 15 appearances, dropping his season ERA to 1.89 in the process. The southpaw historically does his best work against same-handed hitters, but he's actually been more dependable against righties this season, holding them to a .158/.273/.216 batting line across 44 plate appearances.
Chafin struck out a batter in a perfect ninth inning during Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Brewers.
With the outcome already decided heading into the late innings, Diamondbacks manager elected to rest the club's top three relievers (Archie Bradley, Brad Boxberger and Yoshihisa Hirano), leaving mop-up work available for Chafin. Chafin was able to retire the side in just seven pitches and has now put together nine scoreless appearances in a row. It's worth noting, however, that Chafin recorded two or fewer outs in five of those outings, as the southpaw is often summoned just for lefty-on-lefty work.
Chafin retired only one of the three batters he faced Tuesday but picked up his third hold of the season in the Diamondbacks' 8-4 triumph over the Phillies.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo summoned Chafin from the bullpen with two outs and a runner on first base in the bottom of the sixth inning and the lefty-hitting Odubel Herrera at the dish. Chafin proceeded to hit Herrera with a pitch, then gave up a run-scoring single to Cesar Hernandez before striking out Carlos Santana to end the threat. Chafin was credited with the hold since he exited with the Diamondbacks still maintaining a one-run lead, but his shaky showing probably won't embolden Lovullo to use the southpaw against opposite-handed hitters if he can help it. Even after allowing Herrera to reach base, Chafin is still holding lefty hitters to a .154/.267/.154 line for the season, so the 27-year-old isn't in any danger of losing his role as the team's designated LOOGY.
Chafin allowed a run on two hits and struck out a batter over an inning of relief in Monday's 8-7 win over the Dodgers in 15 innings.
Chafin induced two groundouts to begin the seventh inning but put the Diamondbacks in a two-run hole after allowing a double to Yasmani Grandal and RBI single to Cody Bellinger. The lefty was hardly the only member of the bullpen to experience some hiccups Monday, as three other Arizona relievers (Yoshihisa Hirano, T.J. McFarland and Fernando Salas) conceded runs. One poor outing won't make manager Torey Lovullo reluctant to call upon Chafin in the middle innings.
Chafin has conceded four runs on one hit and three walks over 3.2 innings across four Cactus League appearances this spring.
The Diamondbacks are staging an open competition for the closer's role in spring training, but Chafin, who contributed a 3.51 ERA, 17 holds and 61:21 K:BB in 51.1 innings last season, isn't included in the competition. Like many lefties, Chafin does his best work against same-handed hitters, but his career marks against right-handed batters leaves more to be desired. Unless Chafin takes a major step forward in his ability to put away righties, it's hard to envision him seeing much more than situational work in the middle or later innings.
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