ANDREW Gregory CHAFIN
Image of The Sheriff
Nickname:   The Sheriff Position:   LHP
Home: N/A Team:   TIGERS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 240 Throws:   L
DOB: 6/17/1990 Agent: Pro Star Management
Uniform #: 40  
Birth City: Kettering, OH
Draft: Diamondbacks #1 (supp.) - 2011 - Out of Kent State Univ. (OH
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2011 AZL AZL-Diamondback   1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2012 CAL VISALIA   30 122.1 112 150 69 22 0 0 0 6 6   4.93
2013 SL MOBILE   21 126.1 118 87 41 21 2 0 0 10 7   2.85
2013 CAL VISALIA   6 31 32 32 14 6 0 0 0 3 1   4.65
2014 PCL RENO   17 92.2 111 73 39 16 0 0 0 5 6   5.34
2014 SL MOBILE   9 55 49 41 19 9 0 0 0 4 1   1.96
2014 NL DIAMONDBACKS   3 14 13 10 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.265 3.86
2015 NL DIAMONDBACKS $507.00 66 75 56 58 30 0 0 0 2 5 1 0.207 2.76
2015 PCL RENO   1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2016 CAL VISALIA   4 4 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0   0.00
2016 AZL AZL-Diamondback   1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2016 PCL RENO   7 9.1 6 8 2 1 0 0 0 1 1   1.93
2016 NL DIAMONDBACKS $520.00 32 22.2 22 28 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.259 6.75
2017 NL DIAMONDBACKS $560.00 71 51.1 48 61 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.246 3.51
2018 NL DIAMONDBACKS $1,195.00 77 49.1 41 53 25 0 0 0 0 1 6 0.227 3.10
2019 NL DIAMONDBACKS $1,945.00 77 52.2 52 68 18 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.257 3.76
2020 NL DIAMONDBACKS $656.00 11 6.2 9 10 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.31 8.19
2020 NL CUBS $471.00 4 3 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.182 3.99
2021 AL ATHLETICS   28 29 24 27 7 0 0 0 5 2 2 0.226 1.53
2021 NL CUBS   43 39 21 37 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.154 2.06
Personal
  • In 2008, Chafin graduated from Collins Western Reserve High School in Collins, Ohio. In his final high school game of his career, Chafin threw a no-hitter at Mapleton. He holds the school record for most strikeouts in a game (19), most strikeouts in a season (178), lowest ERA and is tied for most pitching wins (10). His number was retired by his high school in a ceremony in January 2016.  

  • Andrew then accepted a baseball scholarship to Kent State, majoring in technology.

  • During the summer of 2009, Chafin pitched for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League.

  • Delivered pizzas during high school, and in college worked on the Kent State grounds crew when he was injured.

  • In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Andrew as the 13th-best prospect in the D'Backs organization. They had him at #9 in the winter before 2013 spring training. He was rated 24th-best in the offseason before 2014 spring camps opened. They had Chafin as the 18th-best D'Backs prospect in the spring of 2015.

  • In 2012, Chafin led the California League in strikeouts per nine innings (11.0) and opponent average (.241).

  • August 13, 2014: In his MLB debut Andrew threw five scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and striking out three. He induced 10 groundouts, including a double play to end the fifth.

  • While at Kent State, Andrew was named a 2009 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America.  He was also named 2009 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and first team All-Conference.

  • During his minor league days Chafin lived in an RV. Even now (2017), he lives in a fifth wheel that is really decked out, very luxurious.

  • Two of Chafin's hobbies are leather working and fishing with a bow and arrow.

  • Andrew is a big Harry Potter fan and visited Universal Studios Orlando during the 2015-16 offseason specifically to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  • July 22, 2017: Chafin is a brilliant opportunist.

    The relief pitcher was mic’d up on Fox Sports-Arizona before the Diamondbacks’ game against the Nationals. He used that chance to get the word out about his truck. Might as well.

    He made his pitch before asking the FSAZ production team to include it on the broadcast: “If anybody’s interested in a truck, I’ve got a 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali with a fully built twin turbo. With a fully built Allison transmission for sale. Just shoot me a tweet if you are interested … Please put that on there for me. I’m really trying to sell this truck.”

    Last year, Chafin spent the season living in an RV to save some money, but struggled on the field. This year, he’s been lights out with a 1.91 ERA in 33 innings.

    The next day, the Diamondbacks broadcast followed up on the sales pitch, reporting that Chafin heard from three potentially interested buyers since Saturday’s game. He’ll keep trying until he sells the truck.

  • When Andrew gave up a two-out double to the Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez in the ninth inning on August 13, 2017, he was not pleased with himself.  What happened next was even more painful.

    "Well, I just gave up a double, so I was a little bitter, so I probably chomped my gum a little harder than normal," Chafin said.  So hard, in fact, that he snapped a crown off one of his teeth.

    "It was a tooth I had a root canal on and fillings and then we put a crown on top of it, so once you grind it all the way down and put a crown on it, there ain't much," Chafin said. "It's like a little stir stick straw thing holding my tooth together."  Chafin didn't tell anyone about the tooth until later.

    "I took it and casually put it in my back pocket," he said of the crown. "I proceeded to walk the next two guys because I was not very focused, but I was able to get the last guy out and even when [pitching coach Mike Butcher] came out for a visit, he didn't notice. I went back in the dugout and smiled and everybody said, 'What happened?'" Chafin went to the dentist the next day and got the tooth fixed.

    The 27-year-old gave up smokeless tobacco this year and replaced it with the gum. It was suggested to him that maybe he should stop chewing it so hard in the future, but he had a better idea. "Stop giving up doubles," he said.  (Gilbert - mlb.com - 8/13/17)

  • Chafin has two quarter horses, Roscoe and Cabella.

  • July 31-Aug 3, 2018: Andrew was on the paternity list for the birth of Addilyn, his first child. He and wife, Shelbi, who was his best friend's sister and met her when Andrew went to their house on a hunting trip.

    Chafin and Shelbi, were married in a barn in Ohio after the 2017 season. The couple designed their home on 7.5 acres in Navarre, Ohio, that was completed after the 2017 season. It features a shop to work on car engines and a horse shed.

  • Chafin won a cow milking competition against teammates Zack Godley and Nick Ahmed at Chase Field on June12, 2018.

    In partnership with Shamrock Farms and the Grand Slam Give Back program, the event resulted in 4,500 servings of milk being donated to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

    "It was probably the hat and the boots that put me over the top," Andrew told the Arizona Republic after the competition. "I looked like a cowboy, so [the cow] was like, 'Oh, yeah. He knows what he’s doing.' "

  • Nickname: THE SHERIFF. Andrew was given the nickname by the D-backs broadcast crew for his penchant for wearing cowboy hats and boots.

  • Andrew sports a mustache and has an unruly mop of curly hair that juts out from under the sides of his cap.  And Chafin just pounds the strike zone.

    "It's kind of like that old-school approach,'" Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said. "It's like, 'I'm coming right at you. Here. Hit it.'"

    Add it all up, including Chafin's increasingly entertaining presence on social media since joining the North Siders, and the reliever has swiftly become a cult favorite among Cubs fans. Just this week, Chafin took to Twitter on April 10, 2021, to ask Cubs fans if they had an old car he could purchase for commuting to Wrigley Field.  "Hey @cubs fans! I’m looking to buy an old 'beater' car for like 2k to drive around the city cuz my truck is way too big for the narrow streets here. Must be manual transmission! Haha cut me a good deal and we can mix in free tickets throughout the season!!"

    "He's a nut," Hottovy said. "He's hilarious. But you love it."  Chafin's stock among fans has been helped by the fact that the lefty is off to a strong 2021 start, too.  Through his first four appearances this season, Chafin has racked up eight strikeouts against 14 batters faced. He has surrendered no runs with just one walk issued and two hits allowed in 3 2/3 innings, giving manager David Ross a veteran presence for key moments.

    "Part of it is just knowing who he is," Ross said. "And knowing how he attacks hitters. One, throwing a lot of strikes. Strikes help. Hitting is hard. Pumping balls in the zone works."  (Bastian - mlb.com - 4/11/2021)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2011: The Diamondbacks chose Chafin in the supplemental portion of the first round (#43 overall), out of Kent State University in Ohio. And he signed for $875,000, via scout Nate Birtwell.

  • Jan 12, 2018: Chafin and the D-backs avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

  • Jan 11, 2019: Chafin and the D-backs avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal.

  • Jan 10, 2020: Chafin and the D-backs avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal.

  • Aug. 31, 2020:  The Cubs traded with the D-Backs for Chafin. 

  • Oct 28, 2020: LHP Andrew Chafin elected free agency.

  • Feb. 3, 2021:  the Cubs reached an agreement on a one-year, $2.75 million contract with Chafin.

    Chafin's pact with the Cubs includes a $2.25 million salary for 2021, with a $5.25 million mutual option for 2022. Chafin can also earn up to $500,000 in performance bonuses in each of the '21 and '22 seasons, based on games pitched.

  • July 26, 2021:  The A’s added LHP Chafin in a deal with the Cubs in return for outfielder Greg Deichmann and RHP Daniel Palencia.

  • Nov 5, 2021: The Oakland A’s exercised their 2022 mutual option on the contract on Chafin. But Chafin declined his part of the mutual option and became a free agent.

  • March 16, 2022: The Tigers signed free agent Chafin to a two-year, $13 million deal, with an opt-out after 2022.
Pitching
  • Chafin has a 91-97 mph 4-seam FASTBALL he commands to both sides of the plate, a very good swing-and-miss 82-84 mph SLIDER (his out pitch) that has earned a 60 on the scouting scale, and a solid CHANGEUP that he rarely uses.

    Andrew's out pitch, the slider, is a power pitch that both left and righthanded hitters struggle mightily to pick up before the bottom drops out. He can be unhittable, throwing that slider for strikes, or he can bury it to get swings and misses.

  • 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 49% of the time; Sinker 24% of the time; Change .7%; and Slider 26.7% of the time.

    2017 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 59.4% of the time; and his SLIDER 40% of the time. He only threw 5 changeups all season.

    2018 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 56.6% of the time; Change 1%; and Slider 42.5% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 94.1 mph, Change 86.5, and Slider 83.5 mph.        

    2019 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 33% of the time; Sinker 27%; Change less than 1%; and Slider 39.5% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 93.9 mph, Sinker 94, Change 87.5, and Slider 84.6 mph.

    2020 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 41.3% of the time; Sinker 28.2%; and Slider 30.5% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 93.7 mph, Sinker 93.5, and Slider 84 mph.

  • Nothing rattles Andrew. The worse the situation, the better he gets.

  • Chafin locates to both sides of the plate with a plus fastball, he hides the ball well, he has plus life, and he locates the breaking ball that hitters can't see. It's a pretty deadly combination.

  • Andrew can throw his breaking ball to righthanded hitters because it has enough bite to get in on them. It's not like a cutter, but it has that type of bite where righthanded hitters can get jammed on it. But he can also throw the changeup to be an out pitch vs. righties. It has become a really good pitch for him.

  • He repeats his delivery and throws strike-after-strike. He has a starting pitcher's repertoire, but with a reliever's delivery. Some scouts worry about his choppy mechanics with a funky finish and upper-body tilt. So he may be better suited coming out of the bullpen. His funk is deceptive and helps him get the ball to the plate faster.

    He gets nice angle on his pitches. And he gets his best results when he stops nibbling and just trusts his stuff.

  • Chafin has the stuff and makeup to be a #3 starter or even a power lefthanded reliever. He is some kind of competitor.

    After the 2014 season, and in 2015 spring training, Andrew focused on the mechanics of his delivery and consistently repeating them. He tended to fly open too often in 2014, causing him to misfire with pitches that were supposed to go away to righthanded hitters and in on lefties. "I have a tendency to get a bit aggressive with my leg kick," Andrew said in 2014. "It'll throw things out of sync if I don't keep it under control. I struggled with it throughout the year. It got to the point where I could fix it a little bit, but I need to get it under control and consistently control it."

  • August, 2014: Andrew made his big league debut and tossed five scoreless innings at Cleveland, close to his hometown of Wakeman, Ohio.

  • 2020 Season: Chafin pitched in four games for the Cubs in after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the July 31 trade deadline

    The 30-year-old southpaw went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four games for Chicago. Chafin went 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 15 games overall, but battled a left finger injury throughout the season.

    He has had success recently outside of his rough 2020 season. Chafin has a career 3.67 ERA over seven Major League seasons. (Russell Dorsey  Feb 2, 2021)

  • June 24, 2021: On the 66th anniversary of Sandy Koufax‘s MLB debut, the Cubs’ pitching staff threw its first ever combined no-hitter in franchise history at Dodger Stadium. The final out of the 4-0 Cubs win was recorded by closer Craig Kimbrel.

    Cubs starting hurler Zach Davies pitched the first six innings, and was followed by Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, and Kimbrel. The four pitchers combined to walk eight batters in the no-hit effort. (Logan Lockhart)

  • 2021 Season: Chafin had a fantastic season. He spent time with both the Cubs and Athletics, and he posted some electric numbers.

    How does a 1.83 ERA, 2.98 FIP, and 0.93 WHIP sound?

    The only question with Chafin is whether or not he can sustain that type of success. In years past, he has been good, but never as dominant as he was in 2021.

    He entered the 2021 season with a career 3.67 ERA, 3.23 FIP, and 1.31 WHIP.  (Sam Leweck - Dec 3, 2021)

Career Injury Report
  • 2010: Chafin missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
  • August 2012: Andrew was moved to the bullpen the last month of the season due to some arm fatigue.
  • October 2013: Chafin was shut down in the Arizona Fall League after only two starts with a dead arm.
  • July 4-Sep 6, 2016: Andrew was on the DL with left shoulder tendinitis.
  • Aug 19, 2020: D-backs left-hander Andrew Chafin was placed on the IL with a left finger sprain.

  • April 2-26, 2022: Chafin was on the IL with groin tightness.