2022 Player Outlook
Chapman is another pitcher whose performance suffered once baseball cracked down on the use of sticky substances. Prior to the crackdown Chapman had a 1.98 ERA and after the crackdown his ERA swelled to 4.66. He also lost a mph off his fast ball and just over one mph off of his split-fingered fastball after the crackdown. In addition, he temporarily lost his closer’s job due to his ineffectiveness. Chapman changed his approach and started using his split-fingered fastball a bit more during the month of September and that helped him regain some of his old form. He posted a 2.03 ERA for the month and converted all six of his save opportunities. Hopefully he can carry that momentum into the 2022 season. Chapman is the seventh closer being taken off the board in NFBC leagues in early preseason drafts.