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Aroldis Chapman | Relief Pitcher | #54

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / CIN
Contract: view contract details
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Aroldis Chapman notched two strikeouts in one-third of inning Friday against the Rays.
He was not credited with a save. Chapman entered the game after Kirby Yates gave up a solo homer with two out in the ninth. The game appeared to be over after Logan Morrison struck out swinging, but Brian McCann couldn't come up with the ball. Chapman then struck out Desmond Jennings to end the ballgame. He’s the first ever Yankee to finish with two strikeouts over one-third of an inning in a game. Chapman has plenty of strikeout records already, but this is by far the quirkiest. May 27 - 10:26 PM

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Aroldis Chapman slammed the door on the Athletics on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run advantage and earn his sixth save of the season.

The dominant left-hander has wasted no time in starting his climb up the saves leaderboard. He has compiled a 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 9/1 K/BB ratio over his first seven innings while converting each of his first six save chances without issue.
May 22 - 7:44 PM

Aroldis Chapman earned his second save of the season Saturday in the Yankees' defeat of the White Sox.

Ivan Nova tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and then the three-headed bullpen monster took over for the Yanks. Dellin Betances struck out all four batters he faced in the sixth and seventh, Andrew Miller worked a clean eighth, and Chapman capped it off with a helping of 100-mph fastballs in the top of the ninth. This is how it's supposed to work the rest of the way for New York.
May 14 - 3:36 PM

Aroldis Chapman nailed down his first save as a Yankee on Tuesday, tossing a scoreless frame in a win over the Royals.

Chapman issued a four-pitch walk to Alcides Escobar with two outs, but he got Lorenzo Cain to pop out to end it and preserve a three-run lead. The fireballing reliever has pitched back-to-back nights after returning from his suspension on Monday.
May 10 - 10:41 PM

Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees debut Monday against the Royals and gave up one run on two hits over one inning of work.

Chapman, who served a 30-game suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy, made his season debut in a non-save situation. With his usual 100-plus MPH heat, he struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a double to Paulo Orlando and an RBI single to Alcides Escobar. The fireballer bounced back to get Lorenzo Cain on a comebacker to end it. Chapman should be a top-tier fantasy closer in New York.
May 9 - 10:08 PM

Yankees activated RHP Aroldis Chapman from suspension.

Chapman is done serving his 30-game domestic violence punishment and ready to take over as the Yankees' closer. That'll move Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances into seventh and eight-inning setup roles. Chapman is one of the most dominant relievers in the history of baseball, boasting a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career major league innings. He should be a top-tier fantasy option the rest of the way.
May 9 - 4:01 PM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal expects the Nationals to show interest in Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller if the Yankees make them available this summer.

It's still early but it doesn't look like the Yankees are going anywhere this season and Chapman is entering the last year of his contract. The presence of Dellin Betances makes Chapman and Miller expendable. For a team that's built to win right now, the Nationals might feel that solidifying the bullpen with a top arm like Chapman or Miller is worth the price it would cost in prospects. Jonathan Papelbon, who is also entering the last year of his deal, would likely accept a setup role if the Nationals acquire Chapman or Miller.
Source: Fox Sports
May 7 - 8:49 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Saturday that Aroldis Chapman will be the team's closer once he returns from suspension on Monday.

With Andrew Miller excelling in the closer's role, there had been some speculation that he could remain in that role with Chapman working in the eighth inning, but that isn't the case. With Chapman, Miller and Betances in the same bullpen, Yankees starters will only need to navigate through six innings on most days.
May 7 - 11:18 AM

Aroldis Chapman is expected to make two appearances this week in the minors before joining the Yankees next Monday.

Chapman has been looking sharp in extended spring training games at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Florida and he should roll through a pair of innings on the farm. Yankees manager Joe Girardi reiterated Tuesday that Chapman will immediately take over as the team's closer when he is activated May 9 from his domestic violence suspension. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller will work as setup men in what promises to be a shutdown bullpen trio.
May 3 - 8:19 PM

Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect inning Wednesday at extended spring training.

Chapman needed just 15 pitches to retire three batters and hit 98 mph on the radar gun. He'll be eligible to return from his 30-game domestic violence suspension on May 9 and should eventually take over as the Yankees' closer. Andrew Miller has been filling in.
Apr 13 - 1:42 PM

Aroldis Chapman fared much better in his second appearance of the spring, striking out three of the five batters he faced Sunday.

Chapman's own throwing error allowed one to reach against him, and he did walk another. Still, it's a vast improvement over Thursday's showing. He walked two and hit two batters in that one, failing to finish his inning in the process.
Mar 13 - 5:50 PM

Aroldis Chapman was all over the place in his spring debut Thursday, walking two and hitting two in two-thirds of an inning.

He was pulled with the bases loaded and one run already in. Fortunately for Chapman's ERA, Diego Moreno escaped the jam. Chapman will continue to work in games sporadically this spring. Of course, he's gearing up for May 9, not for Opening Day, after drawing a 30-game suspension.
Mar 10 - 4:32 PM

Aroldis Champan (suspension) is scheduled to make his Yankees debut on Thursday.

While Champman was suspended 30 games under MLB's domestic violence policy on March 1, he's still eligible to participate in spring training. The flamethrower won't begin his suspension proper until Opening Day. He'll be first eligible to return on May 9 against the Royals. Andrew Miller figures to close in the interim, with Dellin Betances also in play for save chances. All three relievers should be considered roster-worthy in AL-only leagues, but Chapman will be the man for the ninth inning once he's eligible to return.
Mar 8 - 11:49 AM

MLB has suspended Aroldis Chapman for 30 games under their domestic violence policy, according to Billy Witz of the New York Times.

He won't appeal the ruling. Chapman had the police called to his house in Davie, Florida back in October after allegedly choking his girlfriend and firing off eight gunshots in his garage. No charges were filed, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred still had the ability to levy a punishment. Chapman will lose approximately $1.7 million in salary and will be eligible to return May 9 against the Royals. Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances should get some early save chances in his absence. In the meantime, Chapman will be able to participate in spring training. It's worth noting that this suspension will not affect his service time to prevent him from being a free agent after 2016.
Mar 1 - 3:55 PM

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there is "an expectation" that Major League Baseball will make a ruling on an Aroldis Chapman suspension this week.

"Possibly early in the week," adds Heyman. Chapman will then appeal that suspension ruling, and we might not have a clear picture on his status until late March or even early April. The left-hander had police called to his house in Davie, Florida back in October after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired off eight gunshots in his garage. No charges were filed and there are no cooperating witnesses, so it's been a tricky process for new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
Feb 29 - 10:42 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Greg Bird
2B1Starlin Castro
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Dustin Ackley
3Mat Gamel
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3Nathan Eovaldi
4Ivan Nova
5CC Sabathia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Andrew Miller
3Dellin Betances
4Kirby Yates
5Chasen Shreve
6Luis Cessa
7Nick Goody
8Richard Bleier
9Branden Pinder
10Bryan Mitchell