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MLB pitcher Chafin to sign autographs Saturday

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM

WAKEMAN — Major League Baseball pitcher Andrew Chafin will be back home on Saturday for a community event.

The Arizona Diamondbacks left-handed relief pitcher will be available for autographs and photographs from 3-5 p.m. for a $5 donation on Saturday (Jan. 12) at the Wakeman Elevator (16 Hyde St.). Proceeds from the event will be donated back to local groups.

Chafin, a 2008 Western Reserve graduate, had another solid season out of the Arizona bullpen in 2018. He made 77 appearances — third-most in the National League — as he normally occupied the seventh inning role for the Diamondbacks.

For the season, the situational reliever posted a 3.10 ERA. Chafin allowed 17 earned runs on 41 hits and did not give up a home run with 53 strikeouts and 25 walks in his 49.1 innings of work.

Though the 28 year-old finished with just a 1-6 win-loss record, Chafin’s FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) was a career-low 2.65. FIP is a statistic that measures what a pitcher’s ERA would look like if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play.

The former first-round draft pick (43rd overall in 2011) out of Kent State also finished with a career-low WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) of 1.338.

Over his four full MLB seasons, Chafin is 7-8 with a 3.49 ERA while striking out 200 batters in 198.1 innings. He appeared in three postseason games during the 2017 season for Arizona.

Chafin's contract status is arbitration-eligible for each of the next two seasons.

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