2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Aroldis Chapman
Greg Jewett takes a long look at the New York Yankees closer and tells fantasy baseball owners what they can expect during the 2019 MLB season.
For the second-straight season, “The Missile” missed almost a month on the disabled list. Aroldis Chapman battled tendinitis in his left knee from May until he succumbed to the injury in August. In 2017, Chapman missed almost a month with rotator cuff inflammation. Whether or not these continue to be holdovers from his overuse in the 2016 playoffs remains to be seen, but like the volatility attached to his position, Chapman’s trying to justify his fantasy standing with a career year.
It’s hard to believe, but Chapman’s never recorded a 40 save season, yet to exceed the 100-strikeout barrier as a Yankee and he has thrown less than 60 innings in each of the last three seasons. Yet, his upside and stability when closing, places him within the top 30 pitchers taken in NFBC drafts around pick number 80 on average.
Chapman finished last year with three wins and 32 saves over 51.1 innings in 55 games. He did strikeout 93 versus 30 walks with a 2.45 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Although his...