Chapman could reach the next level of his development as a hitter by more consistently laying off high or outside pitches, Owen Pointdexter of Forbes reports.
Pointdexter breaks down what the already impressive third baseman could do to further improve, and better pitch selection is one area he identifies as likely critical to Chapman becoming an even more consistent hitter. It's noted Chapman's teammate Mark Canha focused on not swinging at offerings outside the zone last season and posted a breakout year, and that a similar approach by the 26-year-old could lead to both more power and a higher on-base percentage. Chapman has traditionally done only modest damage on high or outside pitches in his career.
Chapman was hitting .238 (5-for-21) with three extra-base hits (one double, two home runs), six RBI, six walks and seven runs across 10 Cactus League contests before spring training was suspended.
The slugging third baseman's batting average over the small sample may not be aesthetically pleasing, but Chapman was on base plenty when also factoring in his walks and clearly put good wood on the ball more often than not when hitting safely. Chapman heads into 2020 with massive expectations after generating career highs in home runs (36), RBI (91), walks (73) and runs (102) across 156 games last season.
Chapman worked on his hitting mechanics throughout the offseason in an effort to improve his performance against elevated fastballs and offspeed pitches, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
At first glance, Chapman's career-high 36 home runs and 91 RBI imply there weren't many flaws with his work in the batter's box. However, the 26-year-old also slumped to a .194 average over his final 58 games of the campaign, which left him with a pedestrian .249 average for the season. Chapman is already an elite defender who's earned Gold and Platinum Gloves for his work at third base, but he enters spring training with a goal of hitting .300 and reaching the 40-homer mark for the first time in his career.
Chapman is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Seattle, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Athletics clinched home-field advantage for Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game on Saturday, so it's no surprise to see him receive the day off in the finale. Sheldon Neuse will cover third base in his place Sunday.
Chapman went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Thursday's win over Seattle.
Chapman accounted for the winning margin in the 3-1 contest with a two-run shot to center field in the second inning. The homer was his second in as many days and fifth overall in September. Despite hitting only .247 this season, the 26-year-old has set career highs in homers (36), RBI (91), runs scored (101) and walks (73).
Chapman went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run home run in a win over the Angels on Wednesday.
Chapman erased a 2-1 deficit and set the Athletics up for a key victory by slugging a 436-foot shot to center in the ninth inning with Marcus Semien aboard. The power-hitting third baseman has parlayed just 11 hits in September into 14 RBI, with his five homers during the month playing a pivotal part. Chapman's month could be even bigger were it not for his significant troubles making consistent contact otherwise, as he's struck out on 30 occasions and has only gone without a strikeout in three of 21 games this month.
Chapman went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Chapman has accomplished the rather improbable feat of hitting a miserable .123 (8-for-65) in September and yet driving in an impressive 12 runs during that span. That anomaly is naturally the byproduct of some timely hitting, keeping Chapman a viable contributor at times down the stretch despite considerable issues with consistent contact (28 strikeouts during current month).
Chapman went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Rangers on Sunday.
He can't seem to do much else except hit homers lately, but Chapman does have 10 RBI in September on just six hits courtesy of that power display. The slugging third baseman is otherwise hitting an anemic .133 since the calendar flipped, although fantasy managers are undoubtedly benefiting from the five times he's left the yard over the last 18 contests.
Chapman went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Rangers.
The Athletics found themselves behind 3-0 after the second inning, but Chapman took Rangers starter Mike Minor deep in the third to even the score. It was the first of four homers for the A's in the contest. The third baseman is up to 33 homers, 84 RBI and 95 runs scored while slashing .251/.345/.514 in 144 games this season.
Chapman is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers.
Chapman started the last 13 contests and went 7-for-45 with 23 strikeouts, and he'll receive a game off to reset Friday. Sheldon Neuse receives the start at the hot corner for the A's in his place.
Chapman went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and two runs in a win over the Astros on Tuesday.
Chapman was one of the few Athletics that failed to garner at least one extra-base hit in the 21-run barrage, but his multi-hit effort helped snap the 2-for-26 skid he'd opened September with. The slugging third baseman surged during the last three weeks of August with a .307 average over the final 19 games of the month, but his lackluster effort since the calendar flipped has led to a seven-point drop in batting average.
Chapman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's 10-2 win over the Tigers.
Chapman took Tigers reliever Zac Reininger deep in the eighth inning to score the final run of the game. For the year, the hard-hitting third baseman has 32 homers, 80 RBI and 91 runs scored over 511 at-bats.
Chapman went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in the Athletics' 7-5 win over the Angels on Tuesday.
Chapman provided the crucial blow in the contest, cranking a three-run blast off Jaime Barria in the third inning for his 31st of the season. The 26-year-old's .258 average isn't spectacular, but he's more than made up for it with his career high in long balls, as well as 35 doubles and three triples to leave him with a .528 slugging percentage through 569 plate appearances.
Chapman went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in an extra-innings loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Chapman's seventh-inning two-bagger with Robbie Grossman aboard snapped a 2-2 tie. Chapman showed a bit more life at the plate during August after a significant downturn in July, and with another seven round trippers during the month, he's reached the 30-homer threshold for the first time in his career.
Chapman (head) went 1-for-4 with a walk in a win over the Yankees on Friday.
Chapman returned as a starter after coming in as a defensive replacement in Thursday's series opener. The third baseman remained free of concussion symptoms after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday against the Royals, and his ability to put in a full game in the field Friday further corroborates his health.
Chapman (head) returned to the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees.
Chapman didn't start Thursday's game after getting hit in the head Wednesday, though he did appear off the bench. He'll bat second and play third base for Friday's contest.
Manager Bob Melvin said Chapman will play Friday against the Yankees, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chapman was struck in the helmet by a pitch during Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Royals. He was cleared of any concussion symptoms, however, and appears poised to rejoin the lineup Friday after entering Thursday's series finale in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement. Through 23 games in August, Chapman is slashing .244/.337/.570 with seven home runs and seven doubles.
Chapman (head) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals but isn't dealing with any concussion symptoms and is expected to return to the lineup for the Athletics' weekend series with the Yankees, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Manager Bob Melvin noted that Chapman was originally scheduled to receive Thursday off regardless, but the decision became even easier after the third baseman was struck in the head by a pitch in Wednesday's 6-4 loss, forcing an early departure. Per Slusser, Chapman is still dealing with "a little bit of a headache," but his lack of concussion symptoms implies that his absence is mostly precautionary. Chad Pinder will man the hot corner in Chapman's stead in the series finale.
Chapman (head) is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Though he was initially able to stay in the game, Chapman ultimately exited early in Wednesday's 6-4 loss after being struck on the helmet by a pitch. Manager Bob Melvin noted after the contest that Chapman passed all tests and wouldn't be subject to the concussion protocol, though the skipper acknowledged the star third baseman felt "a little blurry" upon departing from the contest, according to Slusser. Chad Pinder will cover third base in the series finale, but Chapman could be ready to rejoin the lineup Friday in the Athletics' series opener with the Yankees.
Chapman experienced some slight blurriness after being hit by a pitch in the helmet Wednesday but didn't sustain a concussion, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The specifics of the blurriness remain unclear, as Chapman remained in the contest for an additional inning, including hitting a hard lineout to center field. It seems as though the 26-year-old will avoid the injured list since he doesn't have a concussion, but he may still be held out of the lineup for Thursday afternoon's game.
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