Albertin Aroldis de la Cruz Chapman resides in Davie, Fla...He became a United States citizen in April 2016...Chapman defected from Cuba in July 2009 and established residence in the Principality of Andorra, making him a Major League free agent…at 181 square miles and an estimated population of 77,000, Andorra is the fifth-smallest nation in Europe, and it located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains, bordered by Spain and France.
Chapman converted all nine of his save opportunities with the Yankees in 2022, and has converted his last 23 save opportunities dating back to July 20, 2021, marking the third-longest streak of his career, behind a 29-save streak from July 4, 2014-May 30, 2015 and a 27-save streak from June 26-Sept. 4, 2012...He began the season with 10.1 scoreless innings over 12 appearances through May 9, in which he had seven saves and held opponents to a .111 average (4-for-36)…he allowed at least one run in each of his next five outings, and was placed on the 15-day Injured List on May 24 with left Achilles tendinitis, missing 35 games...Upon his return from the IL on July 2, he allowed two runs on three walks and did not retire a batter…over his following 16 outings from July 5-Aug. 13, he recorded a 2.87 ERA (5 ER in 15.2 IP), holding opponents to a .140 average (7-for-50)...Chapman allowed three runs over two appearances from Aug. 17-19, and was placed on the Injured List on Aug. 27 with an infected wound from a recent tattoo, which forced him to miss 19 games…he returned on Sept. 17 and finished the season with six of seven scoreless outings.
Went 6-4 with 30 saves (in 34 chances), a 3.36 ERA (56.1IP, 21ER) and 97K in 61 relief appearances…was named to his seventh career All-Star team…opponents hit .182 (36-for-198, 9HR); LH .116 (5-for-43, 1HR); RH .200 (31-for-155, 8HR)...His 15.50 K/9.0IP ratio was the second-highest among Major League relievers, trailing only Milwaukee’s Josh Hader (15.65)…struck out 39.9% of his batters faced (97K, 243BF), the fourth-highest strikeout rate in the Majors among relievers...Ranked eighth in the Majors and fifth in the AL in strikeouts among relievers...His 30 saves were ninth in the Majors and third in the AL…also recorded a career-high six wins (previous: five wins in 2012 with Cincinnati)...Allowed a career-high 9HR (previous: 7HR in 2013 with Cincinnati)…did not allow more than 3HR in each of his previous seven seasons from 2014-20...Made 61 relief appearances, his most since 2015 (65)...Reached the 30-save plateau for the eighth time in his career (2012-16, ‘18-19, ‘21)…was his third 30-save season with the Yankees (also 2018-19), joining Mariano Rivera (15) and Dave Righetti (4) as the only Yankees pitchers to record three such seasons...Reached the 20-save plateau for the ninth time in his career and for the fifth time as a Yankee (also 2016-19)… is just the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record five 20-save seasons, joining Mariano Rivera (16), Dave Righetti (seven) and Goose Gossage (five)...Recorded multiple strikeouts in 32 appearances this season, tied for the sixth-most among relievers...Began the season serving a two-game suspension for his actions on 9/1/20 vs. Tampa Bay...Converted his first 11 save opportunities from 4/12-5/20, the best season-opening streak of his career (previous: 9-for-9 in 2015 and ‘16)…was the fourth Yankee (sixth time) to convert each of his first 11 save opportunities of the season (since saves became an official stat in 1969), joining Mariano Rivera (first 28 in 2008, first 18 in 2013, first 12 in 2004), Andrew Miller (first 24 in 2015) and Lee Guetterman (first 13 in 1989)…was one of six Major League relievers this season to convert at least his first 11 save opportunities, joining St. Louis’ Alex Reyes (first 22), Milwaukee’s Josh Hader (first 20), San Diego’s Mark Melancon (first 17), Atlanta’s Will Smith (first 11) and Texas’ Ian Kennedy (first 11)...Was the pitcher on the mound for two triple plays (5/21 vs. Chicago-AL and 6/20 vs. Oakland), becoming just the fourth pitcher since 2006 to be on the mound for multiple triple plays in a single season, joining Minnesota’s Martín Pérez (two, 2019), Milwaukee’s Zach Davies (two, 2016) and Chicago-AL’s Mark Buehrle (two, 2006) - credit: Elias...Had a career-long streak of 15 consecutive relief outings with at least 2K from 9/3/20-4/22/21…was the longest streak by a reliever in Yankees history…was tied with Yonny Chirinos (15G, 8/22/18-9/29/19) and Joe Sparma (15G, 6/7/64(G1)-5/31/66) for the third-longest in Major League history among relievers, trailing only Félix Peña (17G, 5/17/18-7/27/20) and Ryan Yarbrough (16G, 6/18/19-8/18/21)…including the 2020 postseason, had at least 2K in 18 straight appearances...Owned an 18.2 scoreless inning streak from 9/4/20(G1)-5/5/21, holding opponents to a .051/.125/.085 (3-for-59) slash line with 5BB and 43K over that span…was the fourth-longest streak of his career and his longest since his career-long 28.1 scoreless inning streak from 8/21/14-5/6/15 (also had a 22.2IP streak from 6/26-8/17/12 and a 25.1IP streak from 9/15/11-5/16/12)...Recorded at least one strikeout in 27 consecutive games from 9/1/20-5/20/21...Did not allow an earned run in 26 straight games from 9/4 (G1)/20-5/21/21 (25.2IP)…allowed his only run over that span on 5/8 vs. Washington, allowing the extra-inning runner to score…was the third-longest stretch of his career, trailing a 29-game streak from 9/15/11-6/6/12 and a 28-game streak from 8/21/14-5/6/15…was the longest such streak by a Yankees reliever since Dellin Betances’ 27-game streak from 9/23/14-6/2/15...Was 4-0 with 12 saves, a 0.39 ERA (23.0IP, 1ER) and 43K in his first 23 appearances of the season from 4/5-6/6… held opponents to a .097/.214/.194 slash line (7-for-72) over that stretch...On 5/1 vs. Detroit, struck out two-of-three batters faced and earned his fifth save of the season…recorded his 334th and 335th strikeouts with the Yankees, surpassing Jeff Nelson (334) for 11th place on the Yankees’ all-time strikeouts list by a reliever...On 5/18 at Texas, recorded his 10th save of the season (3K)…struck out Khris Davis looking in the ninth inning for his 347th career strikeout as a Yankee, surpassing Lindy McDaniel (346) for 10th place on the Yankees’ all-time strikeouts list by a reliever...Allowed 15R/14ER in 5.2IP over a nine-game stretch from 6/10-7/4(G1) after allowing just 2R/1ER in his first 23 appearances of the season from 4/5-6/6...On 6/10 at Minnesota, took the loss after allowing a career-high-tying 4ER without recording an out (4H, 2HR)…was the fourth time in his career he has allowed 4ER in a game (first since Game 1 on 8/17/14 at Colorado with Cincinnati)…also tied his career high in hits (third time, first since 5/3/13 at Chicago-NL with Cincinnati)…allowed two two-run homers in the ninth, one game-tying HR to Josh Donaldson and one “walk-off” HR to Nelson Cruz…at the time, both homers marked the longest projected-distanced homers he has surrendered in the Statcast era (since 2015)...Lost back-to-back games from 6/10-12 for just the fourth time in his career (first since 5/10- 11/15 with Cincinnati)...Tossed a scoreless ninth inning on 6/16 at Toronto in Buffalo to record his 14th save of the season (2H, 1K)…struck out Randal Grichuk to record his 358th career strikeout with the Yankees, surpassing Joe Page (357) for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time strikeouts list by a reliever...On 6/19 vs. Oakland, notched his 15th save of the season (2H, 1ER, 1BB, 2K)…struck out Matt Chapman swinging on a 103.4 mph fastball to end the game…marked the fastest strikeout pitch in the Majors since a 104.2 strikeout pitch by St. Louis’s Jordan Hicks on 4/21/19 (credit: Sarah Langs)…was the fastest strikeout pitch by Chapman (including postseason) since his 103.7 mph pitch in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game...On 6/30 vs. Los Angeles-AL, allowed a game-tying grand slam to Jared Walsh in the ninth inning… marked just the fourth time in his career he has surrendered a HR to a left-handed batter (Yonder Alonso on 8/25/17 vs. Seattle; Rafael Devers on 8/13/17 vs. Boston; Luke Scott on 6/26/11 at Baltimore)…marked the first grand slam he allowed in his career…his 4R/ER allowed tied his career high (fifth time, first since 6/10/21 at Minnesota)…prior to this season, had not allowed 4R/ER in a game since Game 1 on 8/17/14 at Colorado...Recorded at least one strikeout in his final 29 games of the season from 7/6-10/3, his third-longest such streak of his career (49G from 8/21/13-8/13/14 and 34G from 9/15/11-6/16/12)...Over his final 29 appearances of the season (7/6-10/3), posted a 1.95 ERA (27.2IP, 6ER)...Allowed 1R over a 11-game span from 7/6-8/5, posting an 0.82 ERA (11.0IP, 1ER) in that span…surrendered just 4H to his 45BF during that stretch...Converted each of his final 14 save opportunities (7/20-9/26)...Recorded 3K in a scoreless ninth inning on 7/6 at Seattle (1H, 2BB)…struck out Shed Long Jr. swinging to end the game, his 365th career strikeout as a Yankee…surpassed Steve Hamilton (364) for sole possession of eighth place on the Yankees’ all-time strikeouts list by a reliever...Was named to his seventh career All-Star team (also 2012-15 and ‘18-19, 3x in the AL) via the player ballot… did not pitch in the All-Star Game on 7/13...Earned his 17th save of the season on 7/20 vs. Philadelphia (1.0IP, 1H, 1ER, 3K, 1HR), his first save since 6/20 vs. Oakland...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 8/7 (retroactive to 8/6) with left elbow inflammation…missed 12 team games…was reinstated on 8/18...Recorded his 300th career save on 8/26 at Oakland (1.0IP, 1H, 1K), becoming just the 31st pitcher in Major League history to reach the milestone…was just the second pitcher to accomplish the feat as a Yankee, joining Mariano Rivera...Pitched on three straight days from 9/13-15 for the first time since 7/1-3/18…was just the third Yankee this season to pitch on three consecutive days (also Joely Rodriguez from 8/10-12 and Wandy Peralta from 9/3-5)...Recorded his 30th save of the season on 9/26 at Boston (1.0IP, 1BB, 1K), reaching the 30-save plateau for the eighth time in his career…became just the 13th pitcher in Major League history (since saves became an official stat in 1969) to record at least eight 30-save seasons…only Mariano Rivera (15), Trevor Hoffman (14), Lee Smith (10), Joe Nathan (9) and Billy Wagner (9) have recorded more…marked his third 30-save season with the Yankees, joining Mariano Rivera (15) and Dave Righetti (4) as the only Yankees pitchers to record three such seasons...Struck out George Springer swinging in the ninth inning on 9/30 at Toronto to record his 1,000th career strikeout, becoming the 13th pitcher in Major League history to record 1,000K as a reliever…according to Elias, Chapman was the fastest reliever ever to reach that mark in terms of innings pitched, reaching the milestone in 602.1 innings…surpassed Craig Kimbrel’s previous mark (612.2IP)…Chapman (623 relief appearances) was just one of four pitchers to reach 1,000K as a reliever in fewer than 700 relief appearances, joining Goose Gossage (559 relief appearances), Craig Kimbrel (630 relief appearances) and Kenley Jansen (684 relief appearances)...Tossed a scoreless ninth inning in the Yankees’ final game of the season on 10/3 vs. Tampa Bay (1.0IP, 1BB, 1K)…earned the win as the Yankees clinched a postseason spot...Did not pitch in the Yankees’ AL Wild Card Game at Boston
Went 1-1 with three saves (in five chances) and a 3.09 ERA (11.2IP, 4ER) in 13 relief appearances...Began the season on the COVID-19 injured list (7/11-8/17), missing the team’s first 21 games...Allowed 1ER in 10.2IP with 20K over his final 11 appearances from 8/29-9/25 after combining to allow 3ER in 1.0IP (2K) over his first two outings...Had at least 2K in each of his final nine appearances (from 9/3), tied for the longest streak by a reliever in franchise history (also Dellin Betances, 4/17-5/10/14; Mariano Rivera, 6/4-7/2/96 and Lindy McDaniel, 7/27-8/29/73)…is the longest streak with at least 2K of his career (previous: eight straight twice, 8/29-9/18/15 and 6/24-7/15/12)… also struck out multiple batters in each of his three playoff appearances, extending the streak to 12 straight games (regular and postseason)...Made his season debut on 8/17 vs. Boston, allowing 1ER in 1.0IP (2H, 2K)…struck out two batters for his 293rd strikeout as a Yankee, tying Hal Reniff for 12th place on the franchise’s all-time list in strikeouts by a reliever...Recorded the loss and blown save in Game 2 on 8/28 vs. the Mets at Yankee Stadium (0.0IP, 1H, 2ER, 1BB, 1HR) after allowing a pinch-hit, “walk-off” HR to Amed Rosario…marked his 11th career “walk-off” loss during the regular season and first since 7/14/17 at Boston (walk to Andrew Benintendi)...Earned his first save of the season—and first since Game 2 on 9/12/19 at Detroit—on 9/1 vs. Tampa Bay (1.0IP, 1K)…collected his 294th strikeout as a Yankee (Mike Brosseau, swinging), surpassing Hal Reniff (293) for sole possession of 12th place on the Yankees’ all-time list for strikeouts by a reliever...Recorded a blown save and allowed a game-tying HR to J.D. Davis in the ninth inning on 9/3 at the Mets (1.0IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, 1HR, 1BK)...Struck out all three batters faced (1.0IP) on 9/9 at Toronto, his most strikeouts since 8/25/19 at Los Angeles-NL (also 3K)...Entered 9/17 win vs. Toronto with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, recording the final two outs to earn the save (0.2IP, 1H, 2K)...Tossed a scoreless 10th inning (1.0IP, 1BB, 2K) on 9/18 at Boston…struck out Jackie Bradley Jr. (looking) to record his 900th career strikeout...Went 1-1 with one save, a 1.93 ERA (4.2IP, 1ER) and 8K in three postseason relief appearances…earned the win in ALWCS Game 2 at Cleveland, striking out four batters in 2.0IP (1H)...Recorded the loss in ALDS Game 5 at Tampa Bay after allowing a game-winning solo HR to Mike Brosseau on a 10-pitch at-bat in the eighth inning (1.1IP, 1H, 1ER, 2K, 1HR)…became the first pitcher in postseason history to allow a go-ahead HR in the eighth inning or later multiple times with his team facing elimination (also Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS at Houston)…the homer came on a 100.2 mph pitch, the then-fastest postseason pitch for a homer since 2011…was the first time in his career he allowed a homer to end an at-bat of at least 10 pitches.
Went 3-2 with 37 saves (in 42 chances) and a 2.21 ERA (57.0IP, 14ER) in 60 relief appearances…was named to the Inaugural 2019 All-MLB Second Team...Ranked fourth American League relievers with a 13.42 K/9.0IP ratio (57.0IP, 85K)…struck out 36.2% of his batters faced (85K, 235BF)...Tied for third in the Majors-and ranked second in the AL-with 37 saves, one shy of his career high (38 in both 2012 and 2013 w/ Cincinnati)...Reached the 25-saves plateau for the seventh time in his career (also 2012-16, '18)...Had at least 1K in 27 straight appearances from 9/20/18-5/25/19 (G2), the third-longest stretch of his career...Converted 15 straight save opportunities from 4/24-6/6...Made his 500th career appearance on 4/24 at Los Angeles-AL, tossing a scoreless ninth...Recorded a save and had at least 1K with 0BB in seven consecutive appearances from 4/27-5/15 (G2), tied for the longest such streak in Yankees history (also John Wetteland from 9/14-29/95)...Earned his 79th save as a Yankee on 4/27 at San Francisco, surpassing Steve Farr (78 saves) for fifth-most in franchise history...Was named AL "Reliever of the Month" in May after leading the Majors with 11 saves (12G, 0.79 ERA, 11.1IP, 1ER, 18K)…was his second career "Reliever of the Month" Award…was the fifth calendar month by a Yankees pitcher with at least 11 saves and a sub-1.00 ERA (Mariano Rivera, 3x, August 1999, June 2003, June '04 and Chapman also June 2018)...Earned the save in both games of a doubleheader for the second time in his career on 5/15 vs. Baltimore (also 8/16/16 vs. Milwaukee w/ Chicago-NL)…was the first Yankee to do so since Rafael Soriano on 9/19/12 vs. Toronto...Had saves in seven straight appearances from 5/20-6/6 and 14-of-15 from 4/27-6/6...Collected his 250th career save in 5/25 Game 2 win at Kansas City (37th pitcher with 250SV, most by a Cuba-born pitcher)...Reached 500.0 career innings pitched on 5/27 vs. San Diego...Had a 6.39 ERA (12.2IP, 9ER) over 13G (from 6/24-7/31) after posting a 1.24 ERA (29.0IP, 4ER) over his first 31 games of the season (thru 6/21)...On 6/25 vs. Toronto, allowed his first earned runs since 5/9 and had his 17-game streak with 0ER snapped (16.1IP, 8H, 3R/0ER, 6BB, 23K over the span)...Was named to his sixth career All-Star team (also 2012-15 and '18, 2x in the AL) via the player ballot and recorded his first career All-Star save with a scoreless ninth (3BF, 3K), the fifth All-Star save by a Yankee (Mariano Rivera-4)...Had consecutive blown save chances (7/15 vs. Tampa Bay and 7/23 at Minnesota) for the fifth time in his career and first since 7/1-14/17...Earned a save in nine consecutive appearances from 7/31-8/17, tying Kansas City's Ian Kennedy, Minnesota's Taylor Rogers and Milwaukee's Josh Hader for the longest streak in the Majors in 2019…was the third-longest streak of his career (16 from 7/15-8/12/12 and 10 from 5/30-6/18/18)...Was named AL "Reliever of the Month" for August, his third career monthly honor and second of the season (also May)…retired 33-of-41 batters across 11.0 shutout innings (3H, 5BB, 20K) and earned an AL-high nine saves in 11 appearances during the month…were the Majors' most innings pitched in August without allowing a run…opponents hit .083/.195/.083 (3-for-36)…became the second Yankee to record at least nine saves and not allow a run in a calendar month, joining Mariano Rivera, who did it three times: 11SV in August 1999, 10SV in July 2009 and 9SV in September 2003...Threw just 4.1 innings and 70 pitches over five appearances in September...Closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning in the Yankees' AL East-clinching win on 9/19 vs. Los Angeles-AL...Made the postseason for the seventh time in his career and third with the Yankees…tossed 1.2 scoreless innings in ALDS Game 3 at Minnesota, his longest outing since 2017 ALDS Game 5 at Cleveland (2.0IP)…in ALCS Game 5 vs. Houston, moved into a tie for seventh place on the all-time postseason saves list with nine…allowed a "walk-off" two-run HR to Jose Altuve in the ninth inning of ALCS Game 6 to record the loss in the Astros series clinching win...Following the season, signed a contract extension, extending through 2022.
Went 3-0 with 32 saves (in 34 chances) and a 2.45 ERA (51.1IP, 14ER) in 55 relief appearances…opponents batted .136 (24-for-177, 2HR); LH .136 (6-for-44, 0HR), RH .135 (18-for-133, 2HR)…retired 38-of-55 first batters faced (69.1%)…stranded all six inherited runners...Led all Major League relievers with a 16.31 K/9.0IP ratio (51.1IP, 93K)…struck out 43.9% of his batters faced (93K, 212BF)...Collected 26 saves before the All-Star break…only one Yankee since 2005 had more saves in the "first half" (Mariano Rivera, 30 in 2013)...Converted 22 straight save chances from 5/8-7/31…was the third-longest streak of his career (29 straight from 7/4/14-5/30/15; 27 straight from 6/26-9/4/12) and the longest streak by a Yankee since Andrew Miller converted 24 in a row from 4/8-8/6/15...Earned a save in 10 straight appearances from 5/30-6/18, matching the longest streak by a Yankee since 2011 (Mariano Rivera, 11 straight from 8/29-9/21/11 and 10 straight from 4/12-5/1/13)...Allowed 1ER in 11.2IP (4H, 4BB, 19K, 1HP, 1HR) in 12 appearances in June…his 11 saves in June were tied for third-most in a calendar month in Yankees history, trailing only John Wetteland (15 in June 1996) and Sparky Lyle (12 in June 1973)…is just the second Yankee since 2005 to record 11 saves in a month (Rafael Soriano, 11 in June 2012)...Allowed his first HR of the season to Maikel Franco with two outs in the ninth inning on 6/25 at Philadelphia…marked his first regular season HR allowed since 8/25/17 vs. Seattle (Yonder Alonso)…snapped a streak of 176BF without an HR…his 33.2IP had been the most by any pitcher who had not yet allowed an HR in 2018...Threw his fastest pitch of the season at 104.4 mph to Acuña (Statcast) in 7/2 loss vs. Atlanta...Struck out only his batter faced to start the ninth before being removed with discomfort in his left knee in 7/7 win at Toronto...Was named via the Player Ballot to his fifth career All-Star team (also 2012-15) and first as a member of the AL (did not pitch)...Struck out a career-high-tying eight straight batters from his final batter faced on 7/28 (Game 2) vs. Kansas City through his first batter on 8/5 at Boston…prior to the streak, had struck out only two of his previous 15BF…was part of a streak of 10 straight outs recorded via strikeout. 4 Had 25K in 11.1IP over his final 13 relief appearances (beginning in 7/28 Game 2)…collected multiple strikeouts in 10 of those games...Was placed on the 10-day D.L. from 8/22-9/19 with left knee tendinitis…was removed from 8/21 win at Miami after allowing 1BB and throwing one pitch to his second batter faced before being removed with left knee soreness…threw a total of 22 pitches to Kyle Higashioka and Tyler Wade in a simulated game at Yankee Stadium on 9/17...During his D.L. stint (8/22-9/18), four different Yankees recorded saves, each saving at least two games: Dellin Betances (3), Zach Britton (2), Luis Cessa (2), David Robertson (2)…were tied with Tampa Bay for the Majors' third-most saves in that span (Houston-11, Milwaukee-10)...Allowed 1H in 3.0 scoreless innings (1BB, 4K) over three postseason relief appearances.
Went 4-3 with 22 saves (in 26 chances) and a 3.22 ERA (50.1IP, 18ER) in 52 relief appearances…opponents batted .200 (37-for-185, 3HR); LH .175 (10-for-57, 2HR), RH .211 (27-for-128, 1HR)…retired 33-of-52 ﬁrst batters faced (63.5%)…allowed 4-of-15 inherited runners to score (26.7%)... According to MLB's Statcast, 345 of his 879 pitches were thrown at 100 mph or faster (39.2%)…also posted the highest average fastball velocity in the Majors (100.0 mph)... Allowed homers by two left-handed batters (Rafael Devers on 8/13 vs. Boston and Yonder Alonso on 8/25 vs. Seattle)…allowed just 1HR to a left-handed hitter in his ﬁrst 418 career appearances... Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 5/14 (retroactive to 5/13) - 6/18 with left shoulder rotator cuﬀ inﬂammation (missed 33 team games)…made one rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton... On 8/13 vs. Boston, allowed a game-tying solo HR to Rafael Devers in the ninth and the winning run in the 10th (1.1IP, 1H, 2ER, 1BB, 3K, 1HR, 1HP)…the homer to Devers was just the second HR allowed to a left-handed hitter in either a regular season or postseason game in his career (also Luke Scott on 6/26/11 at Baltimore w/ Cincinnati)…faced 405 left-handed batters between homers (regular and postseason)…also snapped a career-long 76-appearance streak without a HR overall…had not allowed a regular season HR since giving up back-to-back HRs to Eduardo Escobar and Kurt Suzuki on 6/18/16 at Minnesota…48 of the 76G during the streak came as a Yankee, tying him for the eighth-longest streak of relief appearances without a HR in club history... Entered 8/20 loss at Boston in the sixth inning and retired 4-of-5 batters faced (1.1IP, 1BB, 2K, 1WP)…had not entered a game before the eighth inning since 5/17/12 at the Mets w/ Cincinnati…had not entered a game before the seventh inning since 9/23/11 at Pittsburgh w/ Cincinnati... Over his ﬁnal 14 appearances (8/20-9/30), posted a 0.61 ERA (14.2IP, 1ER) with 19K... Was named AL "Reliever of the Month" for the ﬁrst time in his career in September…retired 36-of-41 batters faced, tossing 12.0 scoreless innings with six saves in 11G in September (3H, 2BB, 17K)... Earned his 200th career save in 9/13 win against Tampa Bay at Citi Field (1.1IP, 1H, 2BB, 4K), the 49th pitcher to reach the milestone... In six postseason relief appearances, went 0-1 with three saves, a 1.13 ERA (8.0IP, 1ER) and 16K... Closed out ALDS Game 5 at Cleveland with 2.0 scoreless innings (1BB, 4K) to earn his longest save of 2017…was the second-longest of his seven career postseason saves (2.2IP in 2016 World Series Game 5 vs. Cleveland w/ Chicago-NL).
Combined with the Yankees and Cubs to go 4-1 with 36 saves (in 39 chances) and a 1.55 ERA (58.0IP, 32H, 12R/10ER, 18BB, 90K) in 59 relief appearances…opponents batted .158 (32-for-203, 2HR); LH .135 (5-for-37, 0HR), RH .163 (27-for-166, 2HR)…retired 49-of-59 first batters faced (83.1%)…allowed 6-of-12 inherited runners to score (50.0%)…among relievers, ranked third in opponents' batting average, fourth in ERA, sixth in save percentage (92.3%), seventh in K/9.0IP (13.97) and tied for 11th in saves. According to MLB's Statcast, threw the 30 fastest pitches in the Majors in 2016, with the fastest coming on a 105.1 mph fastball on 7/18 vs. Baltimore…also posted the highest average fastball velocity in the Majors (100.9 mph), ahead of Atlanta's Mauricio Cabrera (100.6). Began the season with the Yankees, going 3-0 with 20 saves (in 21 chances), a 2.01 ERA (31.1IP, 7ER) and 44K in 31 relief appearances…posted a 12.64 K/9.0IP ratio and a 36.7% strikeout rate (44K, 120BF). Became the 11th pitcher in Yankees history with at least 20 saves in a season and fifth different such pitcher in as many seasons (also Andrew Miller-36 in 2015, David Robertson-39 in 2014, Mariano Rivera-44 in 2013 and Rafael Soriano-42 in 2012). The Yankees went 19-2 when each member of the trio of RHP Dellin Betances, LHP Andrew Miller and LHP Aroldis Chapman pitched in the same game…in those 21 games, the trio combined to post a 1.36 ERA (66.1IP, 34H, 11R/10ER, 18BB, 101K, 2HR). Began the season on the restricted list after accepting a 30-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy…was suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred on 3/1 and reinstated on 5/9. Made his Yankees debut in 5/9 win vs. Kansas City, allowing 1ER in 1.0IP (2H, 2K)…struck out his first two batters faced (Infante and Cuthbert). Earned his first save as a Yankee in 5/10 win vs. Kansas City, tossing a scoreless ninth (1.0IP, 1BB, 1K, 1WP. In 5/27 win at Tampa Bay, closed out the game with 2K in 0.1IP…became first Yankees pitcher since at least 1913 to finish an appearance with 2K in 0.1IP…struck out Logan Morrison with two outs in the ninth inning, but he advanced to first on a passed ball by McCann…struck out Desmond Jennings to end the game…became the fourth Yankees pitcher since 1913 to record more strikeouts than outs, joining David Robertson on 8/6/09 vs. Boston (0.2IP, 3K), Sterling Hitchcock on 6/30/94 at Boston (0.0IP, 1K) and Ron Davis on 9/17/80 vs. Toronto (0.2IP, 3K). Blew his only save as a Yankee on 6/5 at Baltimore after converting his first nine save opportunities (0.2IP, 2H, 1R/0ER, 2K)…for the fifth consecutive season, a different Yankees reliever converted at least nine save chances before recording a blown save: Chapman (first nine in 2016), Andrew Miller (first 24 in 2015), David Robertson (first nine in 2014), Mariano Rivera (first 18 in 2013) and Rafael Soriano (first nine in 2012). Earned his first win as a Yankee on 6/22 vs. Colorado, tossing a perfect ninth (1.0IP, 2K). Tossed a regular season career-high 2.1 hitless innings (1BB) with season-high-tying 4K to record his third win on 7/9 at Cleveland (also had 4K in 2.0IP on 9/4 vs. San Francisco w/ Chicago-NL). Tossed a scoreless ninth in 7/18 win vs. Baltimore for his 19th save (1.0IP, 1BB)…threw the five fastest pitches ever tracked by MLB Statcast (at the time), ranging from 104.0 to 105.1 mph…his 105.1 mph fastball (on the sixth pitch to J.J. Hardy) matched his Major League-record 105.1 mph fastball that was clocked by Pitch f/x on 9/24/10 w/ Cincinnati at San Diego. Tossed 2.0 scoreless innings (1H, 3K) in 7/23 loss vs. San Francisco…threw 36 pitches, tied for the third-highest single-game total of his career (most since 9/15/15 at San Francisco-42 w/ Cincinnati). Finished his time with the Yankees on an 11.1-inning scoreless streak over nine appearances from 6/30-7/23. Following the All-Star break, recorded a 0.83 ERA (32.2IP, 3ER) in 33 appearances…held opponents to a .127 (14-for-110) batting average and did not allow a home run. Was traded by the Yankees to the Cubs on 7/25 in exchange for RHP Adam Warren, 2016 Arizona Fall League MVP INF Gleyber Torres, OF Billy McKinney and OF Rashad Crawford. In 28 games for the Cubs, went 1-1 with 16 saves (in 18 chances), a 1.01 ERA (26.2IP, 3ER) and 46K…his ERA ranked as the fourth-lowest mark by a Cubs reliever all-time in the season's second half (min. 20G)…from the time of his Cubs debut on 7/27 through the end of the season, ranked fourth in the NL in saves…posted a 15.53 K/9.0IP ratio with Chicago-NL. Surrendered just 1H over 9.0 scoreless innings in September, holding batters to a .036 (1-for-28) batting average with 16K in eight games. During the postseason, went 2-0 with four saves, a 3.45 ERA (15.2IP, 6ER) and 21K in 13 relief appearances…no other pitcher appeared in more than 11 postseason contests…his 15.2IP were the second-most among relievers in the playoffs, trailing only Cleveland's Andrew Miller (19.1IP). Finished Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, tossing 1.2 hitless innings (1BB, 1K) to send the Cubs to their first World Series since 1945. With the Cubs facing elimination in World Series Game 5 against Cleveland, tossed a career-high 2.2 innings to earn the save (1H, 1HP, 4K)…recorded the win in the Cubs' 10-inning World Series Game 7 victory to secure the club's first championship since 1908.
Went 4-4 with 33 saves (in 36 chances) and a 1.63 ERA (66.1IP, 12ER) in 65 relief appearances with the Reds...received the Johnny Vander Meer Award as Cincinnati's "Most Outstanding Pitcher" as voted on by the local chapter of the BBWAA...was named to his fourth straight NL All-Star team, as voted on by his peers...retired 50-of-65 first batters faced (76.9%) and allowed six of his 11 inherited runners to score (54.5%)...Led all Major League relievers with a 15.74 K/9.0IP ratio (66.1IP, 116K) and ranked second in strikeouts behind only now-teammate Dellin Betances (131)...led all National League relievers in ERA and strikeouts...Recorded at least 2K in 43 of his 65 appearances and struck out the side 12 times...According to MLB's Statcast, threw the 62 fastest pitches in the Majors, with a high of 103.92 mph on 6/29 (a pitch fouled off by Minnesota's Brian Dozier)...posted the highest average fastball velocity in the Majors (99.96 mph), ahead of Kansas City's Kelvin Herrera (98.46)...Recorded his 115th career save on 4/10 vs. St. Louis, surpassing Danys Baez (114) for the most career saves by a Cuba-born pitcher in Baseball history...his hat from the game was sent to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown...Suffered the loss on 5/10 at Chicago-AL and 5/11 vs. Atlanta, recording a loss on consecutive days for the first time in his career...his run allowed on 5/10 was his first since 8/17/14 at Colorado...in 28 appearances between runs allowed (8/21/14-5/6/15), tossed 28.1 scoreless innings and converted each of his 16 save chances (10H, 12BB, 54K)...Allowed a game-tying HR to Maikel Franco in the ninth inning of an eventual 11-inning, 5-4, Reds loss on 6/3 at Philadelphia...snapped a streak of 29 consecutive converted saves (7/4/14-5/30/15), which was the longest active streak in the Majors at the time...also snapped a 74.1-inning homerless streak (5/13/14-6/3/15)...Tossed the ninth inning for the National League in the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, striking out all three batters faced on 14 pitches...Recorded his 500th career strikeout on 7/19 vs. Cleveland...reached the plateau in 292.0IP to become the fastest to 500K (by innings pitched) in Major League history, surpassing Craig Kimbrel's record of 500K in 305.0IP, set earlier in 2015...tossed a career-high 44 pitches in the game (2.0IP, 2H, 1BB, 5K)...tossed 13 pitches the following night to earn the save vs. Chicago-NL...Allowed a game-tying leadoff HR to Ben Zobrist in the ninth inning on 8/18 vs. Kansas Cityy...snapped a season-high streak of 15 consecutive saves and a streak of 56 straight converted save chances at Great American Ball Park dating back to a blown save on 9/7/12 vs. Houston...was the longest home save streak since saves became an official statistic in 1969...Recorded his third career save of at least 1.2 innings on 8/31 at Chicago-NL...also had his second career plate appearance...reached on a fielder's choice in the six-run ninth inning of a 13-6 win...scored from first base-his first career run scored-on a Jason Bourgeois double.
For the third straight season was voted by his peers to the National League All-Star team...established Major League records with 17.67 strikeouts per 9 innings, a strikeouts-to-hits ratio of 5.05-to-1 and highest percentage of batters struck out at 52.5...became the first pitcher to average 100mph (100.3) as documented by Pitch F/x...ranked seventh in the NL in saves...his save percentage of 94.7 (36-for-38) was the best in the National League and second-best in the Major Leagues (KC's Greg Holland, 46-for-48, 95.8)...saved 12 of Johnny Cueto's 20 wins...after a blown save on 6/28 at SF finished the season by converting 20 consecutive save chances...in 38 of his 54 apps produced at least 2 strikeouts and 13 times struck out the side...from 8/21/13-8/13/14 recorded at least 1 strikeout in 49 consecutive apps (50.2ip, 100k), a new Major League record for strikeouts in consecutive games by a reliever since 1900 (Bruce Sutter, 39g, 1977)...didn't allow a run in his last 15 apps, his longest scoreless streak of the season (15.2ip, 4h, 6bb, 32k)...twice allowed a career-high 4 runs (0.2ip on 6/20 vs Tor, 4bf on 8/17/day at Col)...his ERA in his other 52 apps was 0.68 (53.1ip, 4er)...from 5/23-6/11 retired a season-high 22 consecutive batters...allowed his only home run on 5/13 vs SD (Chase Headley) in his second appearance of the season...from 6/25-6/28 pitched 4 days in a row for the second time in his career (9/3-9/6, 2013) and then did it again from 7/8-7/11...in Mike Leake's 3-0 win on 7/29 vs Ari recorded his 100th career save...the week before the All-Star break shared National League Player of the Week honors with Andrew McCutchen (5g, 4sv, 5ip, 1h, 2bb, 13k)...was his first weekly award...began the season on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from 3/20 surgery to insert a plate and screws to stabilize the bones around his left eye...suffered the injury on 3/19 against the Royals in Surprise, when he was hit by a Salvador Perez line drive and suffered fractures of his eye and nose and a mild concussion...from 5/1-5/7 made 4 rehab apps for Class A Dayton and Class AAA Louisville, then made his first appearance for the Reds on 5/11 vs Col and saved the 4-1 win.
For the second straight season was voted by his peers to the National League All-Star team...ranked T3rd in the NL with 38 saves, tying his career high established in 2012...for the second straight season made a career-high 68 apps...for the third consecutive season his fastball was rated the best in the league by managers...as the Reds battled for a playoff spot produced a 0.63era in his last 13 apps of the season...in 40 apps at Great American Ball Park posted a 0.66era and converted all 20 save chances...overall converted 38-43 save opps (88%), including his final 8 save chances of the season, 14 of his last 15 and 20 of his last 22...produced 2 saves of more than 1.0 inning (2ip on 8/21 vs Ari, 1.1ip on 9/14 at Mil)...in the 10-7 win on 8/21 vs Ari recorded his only career 2.0-inning save and his only career plate appearance (struck out vs Brad Ziegler)...suffered 2 of his 5 blown saves in consecutive apps on 5/16 at Mia and 5/19 at Phi, then from 5/20-6/19 recorded 10 consecutive saves over 13 scoreless apps, both season highs (13ip, 4h, 5bb, 26k)...struck out the side 13 times...from 9/3-9/6 pitched 4 days in a row for the first time in his career...on 9/8 vs LAD earned the 3-2 win in his 200th career appearance...from 4/4-4/24 did not walk a batter in 9.1 innings covering 10 apps (17k), both season highs...the Reds went 56-12 when he pitched...was on the club's Wild Card playoff roster but did not pitch.
Finished eighth in the BBWAA's Cy Young Award voting and 12th in the MVP voting...was
rated by managers the second-best reliever in the National League ... for the second consecutive season his fastball was rated the best in the NL ... was elected by his peers to his first All-Star team ... went to Spring Training battling for a spot in the starting rotation but spent the regular season in the bullpen after RHP Ryan Madson and RHP Nick Masset were disabled prior to Opening Day ... LHP Bill Bray joined them on the DL in April ... established career highs in apps, wins, saves, innings pitched and strikeouts ... from 9/11-9/21 missed
9g because of a fatigued left shoulder...finished the season with 4 scoreless apps after he returned (4ip, 1h, 3bb, 3k) ... posted a 0.68era vs NL opponents, who hit just .125 (62g, 36sv, 38svo, 66.1ip, 28h, 6r, 5er, 22bb, 115k, 1hr) ... averaged 15.32 strikeouts per 9 innings, the third-best ratio in Major League history (Craig Kimbrell, 16.66 in 2012; Carlos Marmol, 15.99 in 2010) ... struck out the side 9 times ... didn't move into the ninth-inning
role full-time until 5/20 but still ranked T3rd in the National League in saves ... entered this season with 1 Major League save (7/6/11 at StL, 9-8 win in 13 innings) ... over 31 apps from 6/26-9/4 converted a club-record 27 consecutive save chances, the longest overall saves streak by a Reds pitcher since Francisco Cordero converted 29 straight saves chances covering the 2008 and 2009 seasons ... his franchise-record streak of 16 straight apps with a save was snapped when he pitched the ninth inning of the 7-3 win on 8/17 vs Chi ... led
the Major Leagues with 13 saves in July and 11 saves in August and each month was named MLB's Delivery Man of the Month ... his 13 saves in July were 1 shy of the club record for saves in any month (Jeff Shaw, 14sv, September 1997) ... from 6/26-8/17 threw 23 consecutive scoreless apps (20sv, 22.2ip, 9h, 3bb, 45k), the best stretch by a Reds reliever since Arthur Rhodes tied the Major League record with 33 consecutive scoreless apps from 4/13-6/26, 2010 (30ip) ... Chapman's 22.2-inning scoreless streak in that stretch was the longest by a Reds pitcher in 2012 ... recorded 18 strikeouts over 10.0 innings before issuing his first walk of the season (Joe Mather, 4/22 at Chi)...didn't allow a run until his 16th appearance (15g, 19.1ip), on 5/17 at NYM ... didn't allow an earned run until his 25th appearance (24g, 29ip), a new club record and the Major Leagues' longest such streak since Bal's Will Ohman began the 2010 campaign with 25 apps before he allowed an earned run ... in his 25th appearance, a 5-4 loss vs Pit on 6/7, allowed his first earned run on back-to-back doubles by Clint Barmes and Michael McKenry leading off the 10th inning to snap his
club-record streak of 8 consecutive apps (5/19-6/6) in which he pitched at least 1.0 inning without allowing a hit ... in the 9-4 loss on 5/17 at NYM suffered a blown save and allowed his first run of the season on a hit, 2 walks, an error and a sacrifice fly ... prior to that appearance had retired 22 of his previous 24 batters faced (infield single, 1bb, 14k) and his 19.1 innings pitched heading into that outing were the most by any reliever in the Major Leagues who hadn't allowed a run ... from 7/13-7/15 vs StL pitched 3 straight days for the second time in his career (9/9-9/11, 2010), then did it again from 8/10-8/12 at Chi and from 8/17-8/19 vs Chi ... retired the first batter 56-68 times (82%), stranded 12-15 inherited baserunners (80%) and converted 38-43 save opps (88%) ... the Reds went 60-8 when he pitched ... in the Division Series vs SF pitched in Games 1, 3 and 5.
Among all National League rookies ranked T7th in apps, all in relief, in his first full season in
the Major Leagues...from 5/16-6/23 was on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation...from 5/23-6/21 made 9 rehab apps for Carolina and Louisville...in 38 apps after he came off the DL on 6/24 posted a 2.43era (37ip, 18h, 10er, 21bb, 56k)...began the season with 12 scoreless apps for the Reds (11.2ip) but allowed runs in each of 4 apps prior to his disabling (1.1ip, 2h, 10er, 12bb, 3k)...his season ERA excluding those 4 apps drops from 3.60 to 1.85 (48.2ip, 10er)...over 9 apps from 7/18-8/5 didn't allow a hit in 10.1 innings, the longest single-season hitless streak by a Reds reliever since Chuck McElroy's 11.1-inning hitless stretch from 4/25-5/17, 1994...during that stretch retired 30-31 batters (1bb, 17k), including a season-high streak of 17 straight snapped on 7/28 vs NYM when he walked Jose Reyes...earned his only Major League save in the 13-inning, 9-8 win on 7/6 at StL...had a team-best 4 pickoffs (Ari's Stephen Drew, Mil's Corey Hart twice, Bal's Mark Reynolds)...on 4/18 vs Pit hit 106mph on the GABP scoreboard gun...following the season made 2 relief apps in the Arizona Fall League (2.2ip, 1h, 1er, 2bb, 2k), then didn't pitch again the rest of the winter while recovering from general shoulder stiffness.
Was 1 of 10 Reds players to make his Major League debut...began the season with Louisville, where he ranked fifth in the International League in strikeouts (125) and led the league in wild pitches (14)...in Baseball America's Best Tools issue, his fastball and breaking pitch were voted the best in the IL...made his first 13 apps for the Bats as a starter (5-5, 4.11) and his last 26 apps in relief (4-1, 2.40, 30ip, 17h, 12bb, 49k, converted 8-9 save ops, .156oba)...for Louisville, didn't allow a hit in his last 8 apps (8ip), in his last 20 apps posted a 0.83era (21.2ip, 2er) and in his last 13 apps opposing batters went 4-for-48 (.083, 13.1ip, 4bb, 25k)...in his final minor league appearance, on 8/27 vs Columbus, hit 105mph on the radar gun...on 8/31 was promoted and that night vs the Brewers made his Major League debut by throwing a perfect eighth inning with scoreboard pitch speeds of 98, 86, 102, 86, 100, 103, 101 and 98mph...struck out his first batter, Jonathan Lucroy, including one pitch
clocked at 103.9mph...on 9/24 at SD threw all 25 pitches at least 100 miles per hour, with a high of 105 against Tony Gwynn and 3 others at 104...his pitch against Gwynn is the fastest ever recorded using the Pitch/FX system...for the season, 75 times reached at least 100mph on Pitch/FX...earned his first career victory in the 6-1 win on 9/1 vs Mil in just his second big league appearance...on 9/28 vs Hou threw a perfect ninth inning to earn the 3-2 win that clinched the NL Central Division title...in Game 2 of the National League Division Series
at Phi suffered a blown save and the 7-4 loss after the Phillies scored 3 unearned runs in the seventh inning following 2 Reds errors...pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the 2-0 loss in Game 3.