Chris Bassitt

Chris Bassitt

33-Year-Old PitcherSP
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
As is their typical modus operandi, the A's traded Bassitt last spring entering his final season before free agency. The Mets brought him aboard and Bassitt led the team to 15 wins during the regular season, pitching to a 3.42 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 181.2 innings spanning a career-high 30 starts. Bassitt is not the type of pitcher that typically wows you with his stuff, but he does a good job keeping hitters off balance and limiting hard contact with his diverse pitch arsenal (sinker, cutter, slider, curveball, four-seam, changeup). He also rarely shoots himself in the foot with walks. While he lacks the dominance of a frontline fantasy arm, there is a lot to like here with the late bloomer. New York liked what it saw enough to extend Bassitt the $19.65 million qualifying offer for 2023, which he wisely declined. He ended up getting three years and $63 million from Toronto, where he slots in as the No. 3 starter. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2022.
Heads to Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
December 12, 2022
The Blue Jays signed Bassitt to a three-year, $63 million contract Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The righty will be a valuable addition to the middle of Toronto's already-strong starting rotation. Bassitt had a 3.42 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 167:49 K:BB in 181.2 innings with the Mets in 2022, numbers which fully merit the roughly $21 million in annual average salary he'll be due. He joins a remarkably tough division in the AL East, but the NL East was no slouch, either, so it shouldn't change his 2023 outlook too drastically.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
95
Last 10 Games
88
Last 5 Games
78
How many pitches does Chris Bassitt generally throw?
 
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What part of the game does Chris Bassitt generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .226 755 187 58 154 31 2 26
Since 2020vs Right .229 888 194 47 188 39 0 14
2022vs Left .247 338 84 30 74 13 1 11
2022vs Right .224 407 83 19 85 13 0 8
2021vs Left .196 306 79 20 55 10 1 11
2021vs Right .238 331 80 19 72 19 0 4
2020vs Left .248 111 24 8 25 8 0 4
2020vs Right .223 150 31 9 31 7 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
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-26%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
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-84%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.38 1.00 208.0 12 10 0 8.5 2.0 0.6
Since 2020Away 3.94 1.23 194.0 20 5 0 8.6 2.7 1.2
2022Home 2.95 1.08 100.2 6 6 0 8.6 2.2 0.7
2022Away 4.00 1.22 81.0 9 3 0 7.9 2.7 1.2
2021Home 2.44 0.89 70.0 4 3 0 8.9 1.5 0.8
2021Away 3.71 1.19 87.1 8 1 0 9.3 2.8 0.9
2020Home 0.72 1.02 37.1 2 1 0 7.5 2.2 0.0
2020Away 4.56 1.36 25.2 3 1 0 8.4 2.8 2.1
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Stat Review
How does Chris Bassitt compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.41
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
92.9 mph
 
ERA
3.42
 
WHIP
1.14
 
BABIP
.288
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Left On Base
75.5%
 
Exit Velocity
79.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2202 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.3%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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After finishing eighth in AL Cy Young voting during the shortened 2020 season, Bassitt was able to ride his momentum into another strong campaign in 2021. Relying primarily on a three-fastball mix (sinker, cutter, four seam) complemented by a slider and curveball, he struck out a quarter of the batters he faced while posting a 3.15 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 157.1 innings. After making his first career All-Star Game appearance, Bassitt had his season viciously halted when he was struck by a line drive that caused multiple facial fractures in mid-August. Initially thought to be a season-ending injury, the right-hander displayed impeccable determination in returning to the mound to make a pair of starts in late September. Bassitt will hope to continue those trends in 2022 after the A's traded him to the Mets shortly after the end of the lockout.
Thought to be on the outside of the rotation looking in when spring training began, Bassitt was thrust into a starting role due to injuries to A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo leading up to Opening Day. The right-hander pitched like anything but a back-end starter, posting a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 11 regular-season starts, with a 0.72 ERA in 37.1 innings at home. By the end he earned himself the Game 1 nod in the ALDS. Bassitt works mostly fastballs -- sinker, cutter, four-seamer -- while mixing in his breaking and offspeed stuff only about 20% of the time in total. He does not have overpowering velocity, and with the number of fastballs he throws, his strikeout numbers are modest (21.1 K% last season). However, Bassitt has done away with questions about his role, and with his pitch efficiency, everything sets up well for a second double-digit win season. He won 10 in 2019 while only making 25 starts.
Bassitt began the season on the IL with a lower leg injury, returning in mid-April to replace the injured Marco Estrada in Oakland's rotation. He made 25 starts before moving to the bullpen in September, going 10-5 with a serviceable 3.95 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in those outings (139 innings). Bassitt enjoyed a slight velocity bump -- his average fastball clocked in at 93.5 mph after sitting around 92 mph in 2018 -- which resulted in a career-best 8.8 K/9. His flyball tendencies led to a 1.3 HR/9, though the juiced ball likely played a factor, as he typically did well to limit hard contact. While Bassitt could push for a rotation spot in 2020, the A's have plenty of starting pitching depth, so there's a chance he opens the season in a long-relief role. The right-hander flashed his potential in such a role down the stretch, striking out nine batters across three scoreless appearances spanning five innings.
Bassitt didn't appear in the majors at all in 2017, spending the second half on the farm recapturing velocity after Tommy John surgery the previous year. In 2018, Bassitt racked up a ton of frequent flyer mileage, making the 2300-mile trip between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville seven times. The righty appeared in 11 games for the Athletics, starting seven. He posted a career-best 20.1 K%, a rate still below league average. Bassitt features a 92-mph sinking fastball, mixing in a slider, change and curve. The curve generates a solid 15.0 SwStr% but he only throws it 13% of the time. Bassitt will be in the mix for a rotation spot coming out of the spring, though he may end up in a swingman role. His low strikeout rate tempers mixed-league value, but if he's starting, Bassitt can be useful in deeper formats, especially if you can reserve him for tough road affairs.
Bassitt rode a strong showing in 2015 into the 2016 campaign, where he was given the chance to be a full-time member of the big league rotation. Things started off well enough, as he held a 2.79 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP through three starts. However, the wheels came off in the ensuing two starts, as the right-hander proceeded to allow 13 runs (all earned) on 19 hits (including three home runs) over that span. His season took an even bigger turn for the worse after his final April start, as it was discovered that he had injured his elbow severely enough to require Tommy John surgery. With that procedure taking place in May, Bassitt will likely be out of contention for a rotation spot at least until the second half of the 2017 season. Getting back into the rotation could be a tall task now that higher-upside arms like Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton are stepping into the rotation, and with Frankie Montas knocking at the door as well.
Injuries opened the door for Bassitt to join the A's, and he ended up being an effective member of the rotation over the final three months, compiling a 3.58 ERA in 75.1 innings (13 starts). Bassitt was the victim of some brutal run support, amassing only one solitary win even though he had eight starts in which he allowed two runs or fewer. He does not project to be a big strikeout pitcher with only a 6.6 K/9 through his first 115.2 major league innings, but more strikeouts could be coming as he had a 8.7 K/9 rate during his career in the minor leagues. Bassitt's solid performance puts him in the mix for a rotation spot to start 2016, but his chances at that role will depend on how many of the A's healthy pitchers are traded, and how many of their injured arms are ready to go to start the year.
Bassitt shot up the organizational depth chart after leading the White Sox's minor leaguers with 101 strikeouts in 2013. He suffered a broken hand in a non-baseball related injury to start the year, but continued to develop unencumbered once he returned to health. Bassitt made a few late-season starts in the big leagues, but his lack of a third pitch resulted in unimpressive strikeout and walk ratios. The White Sox sent him to the Arizona Fall League to make up some innings, where he struck out 22 in 13 relief innings. The A's acquired him as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox in December. Bassitt will likely compete for a rotation spot during spring training, while it's uncertain if he'll simply move to the bullpen or remain stretched out at Triple-A if he doesn't begin the season as a starter with the A's.
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Declines qualifying offer
PFree Agent
November 11, 2022
Bassitt will decline the $19.65 million qualifying offer that was extended by the Mets on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Passing on $19M option
PFree Agent
November 6, 2022
Bassitt informed the Mets on Sunday that he will decline his $19 million mutual option for 2023, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Rough close to regular season
PNew York Mets
October 2, 2022
Bassitt (15-9) took the loss during Sunday's 5-3 defeat to Atlanta, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
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Stymies former club
PNew York Mets
September 23, 2022
Bassitt (15-8) earned the win during Friday's 9-2 victory over Oakland, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in eight innings.
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Sharp in Saturday's win
PNew York Mets
September 17, 2022
Bassitt (14-8) earned the win Saturday over the Pirates, allowing three hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out eight over six scoreless innings.
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