Matthew James Chapman was originally signed by A's scout Eric Martins…graduated from El Toro (CA) High School…attended Cal State Fullerton…was All-Big West Honorable Mention as a freshman, Second Team as a sophomore and First Team as a junior…was a Baseball America and Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American as a junior.
Was one of the top fielders in the game and one of the top hitters in the game after the All-Star Break…earned the American League Gold Glove for third baseman after leading all Major League fielders with 29 defensive runs saved and topping ML third basemen in total chances (484) and assists (331)…also won the Platinum Glove for all AL fielders and was named Defensive Player of the Year by Wilson…hit .309 with 14 home runs, 39 RBI and a .961 OPS in 64 games after the break after batting .250 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI and a .776 OPS in 81 games before the break… led the majors in doubles after the break (25) and led the AL in runs (52) and extra base hits (42)…
also ranked third in the AL in hits (80) and OPS (.961), fifth in slugging (.591), seventh in batting and tied for ninth in home runs and RBI…the 25 doubles set an Oakland post-break record and were the most since Ferris Fain had 26 in 87 games in 1952…the 42 extra base hits tied the Oakland record (Jackson, 1975; Giambi, 2001)…overall, hit .278 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 145 games…tied for seventh in the AL in doubles (42), tied for eighth in triples (6), ranked ninth in OPS (.864) and 10th in runs (100) and extra base hits (72)…finished seventh in AL MVP voting and was one of seven players to be named on all 30 ballots…led the A's in batting, on-base percentage, runs, doubles and triples…the doubles tied for fifth in Oakland history and he became the first Athletic to score 100 runs since Nick Swisher had 106 in 2006…72 of his 152 hits (47.4%) went for extra bases as have 111 of his 220 (50.5%) career hits…hit .274 (106-for-387) with 20 of
his 24 home runs against right-handed pitchers, .288 (46-for-160) against left-handers…batted .311 with 16 of his 24 home runs and a .984 OPS on the road…hit .246 with a .749 OPS at home… ranked third in the AL in OPS on the road and eighth in batting…in 2017, hit .284 at home, .183 on the road…11 of his 24 home runs and 35 of his 68 RBI came with two strikes…tied for eighth in the AL in two-strike home runs and tied for ninth in RBI…16 of his 38 career home runs and 57 of his 108 RBI have come with two strikes…in addition to leading ML third basemen in total chances and assists, he ranked second in putouts (133) and third in double plays (37) and games (145)… his 20 errors were second most (Devers, BOS 24)…the total chances were second most in Oakland history to the record of 523 set by Sal Bando in 1969…the assists and double plays ranked third and the putouts were seventh…the errors tied for sixth most…made a team-leading 60 starts batting second where hit .291 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI…batted .239 with five home runs with two outs, .293 with 19 home runs with zero or one out…hit .359 with a 1.074 OPS against AL Central teams…had the ninth most grounded into double plays in the AL (18).
OAKLAND: Made his first career Opening Day start March 29 against Los Angeles (AL) and became the A's fifth different Opening Day starter at third base in the last five years (Plouffe, Valencia, Lawrie, Donaldson)…had a nine-game hitting streak from March 30 to April 7…went 15-for-33 (.455) with nine runs, three home runs, eight RBI and six multiple hit games during the streak…had a career-best streak of five consecutive multiple hit games from April 2-6…was batting .358 with five home runs and 12 RBI over his first 14 games through April 13…then hit .187 with four home runs and 12 RBI over his next 48 games from April 14 to June 6 to drop his overall batting average to .228…singled in the second inning May 27 to snap a career-high 0-for17 streak (previous: 15, April 28-May 3)…hit .186 in 29 games in May…had a career-high 18-game homerless streak from June 12 to July 22…tied an Oakland record June 12 against Houston with three doubles and did it again Aug. 13 against Seattle…there are now 30 three-double games in Oakland history and he is the third player in Oakland history with two three-double games in a season (Rudi, 1974; Grieve, 1998)…had his consecutive games played streak of 149 end on June 15…was placed on the 10-day disabled list June 16 retroactive to June 15 with a right thumb contusion…was hitting .250 with 10 home runs, 26 RBI and a .793 OPS in 69 games when he was placed on the DL…had a one-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on July 2 against Lancaster (1-for-4, one strikeout), was reinstated July 3 and hit .300 with 14 home runs, 42 RBI and a .921 OPS over his final 76 games…went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and a stolen base July 7 at Cleveland…it was his first career four-hit game, his first stolen base and the first time he reached base safely five times in a game…reached base safely in a career-high 30 consecutive
games from July 11 to Aug. 17…hit .342 with a .415 on-base percentage and .658 slugging percentage during the streak, which was the longest by an Athletic since Jack Cust had a 39-game streak from Aug. 26, 2008-April 18, 2009…had his first career four RBI game July 23 at Texas…tied an Oakland record with two triples July 26 at Texas…it was the 11th two-triple game in Oakland history, the first since Rajai Davis on Sept. 9, 2008 at Detroit…also homered to join Adam Piatt (April 30, 2000 vs. Minnesota) as the only players in Oakland history to homer in a two-triple game…23 of his 33 hits from July 26 to Aug. 24 were for extra bases (13 doubles, three triples, seven home runs)…had a career-high and A's season-high tying 14-game hitting streak from July 31 to Aug. 17…hit .328 (19-for-58) with 12 runs, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs and nine RBI during the streak…batted .322 in July…tied for the AL lead in doubles (9) and ranked second in runs (22)…the runs were the most in July by an Athletic since 1999 (Giambi 23, Jaha 22)…had his only two-homer game of the season and the second of his career Aug. 26 at Minnesota (July 15, 2017 vs. Cleveland)…batted .319 with 22 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 18 RBI in 27 games in August…led the majors with 22 extra base hits, which match the most by an Athletic in August since at least 1907 (Bob Johnson, 1938)…it was the second highest total in any month in Oakland history to Reggie Jackson's 24 in June of 1969…tied for the Major League lead with 12 doubles, which fell one short of the Oakland record for August (13, Lowrie in 2013)… tied for third in the AL in home runs, which also fell one short of the Oakland record of 10 (Davis in 2018, Chavez in 2002, Brosius in 1995)…tied for fifth in the AL in runs and hits (36)…had seven doubles over a 10-game stretch from Sept. 3 to 14…hit .213 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI over his final 12 games beginning Sept. 16…went 1-for-5 in a start at third base in the Wild Card game at New York on Oct. 3…had surgery on his right thumb following the season… Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the right thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles on Oct. 16…also had surgery on his left shoulder two months later…Dr. William Workman performed a distal clavicle resection procedure at the Bass Surgical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Dec. 14
Was selected from Triple-A Nashville June 15 and started 83 of the A's 84 games at third base while on the active roster following his promotion (had a 14-day stint on the DL)…led Major League rookies in doubles (21) and extra base hits (37) after the All-Star Break and ranked third among American League rookies in runs (37), home runs (14) and RBI (37)…batted .234 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 84 games overall in his ML debut…ranked sixth among AL rookies in walks (32), seventh in doubles (23), eighth in extra base hits (39), ninth in total bases (137), 10th in home runs and tied for 10th in RBI…was the third baseman on
Baseball America's All-Rookie Team…had 68 hits, 39 of which went for extra bases (57.4%)…that was the second highest per-centage of hits going for extra bases in Athletics history among players with 250 or more plate appearances (59.8%, McGwire in 1995)…turned 34 double plays in 84 games as a third baseman, which ranked fourth among AL third basemen and fifth in Oakland history…they were the most in ML history among third basemen with fewer than 100 games played…averaged 3.57 total chances per nine innings, which is the best mark in Oakland history by a third baseman with 40 or more games played…committed 13 errors, which tied for sixth most among AL third base-men…his 83 starts were the most by an A's rookie third baseman since Eric Chavez had 98 in 1999…hit .284 at home compared to .183 on the road…batted .244 (20-for-82) against left-hand-ed pitching, .231 (48-for-208) against right-handers…had a .266 batting average with runners in scoring position, but that dropped to .156 with RISP and two outs…10 of his 14 home runs were solo shots…hit .197 against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game, .309 after that…batted .220 in 39 games hitting seventh and .291 in 24 games in the eight spot.
Was selected from Nashville June 15 and made his ML debut that night against New York (AL)…went 0-for-3 with two walks…collected his first big league RBI on a second inning ground out against the Yankees on June 16…then had the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning off Jonathan Holder for his first hit…started all four games at third base in the series against New York and went 3-for-14 (.214) with three RBI and seven strikeouts before he was placed on the 10-day disabled list June 22 retroactive to June 19 with left knee cellulitis…went 0-for-7 on a two-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on July 1 and 2 and was reinstated from the DL July 3…went 2-for-24 (.083) with 13 strikeouts over his first seven games to lower his overall batting average to .132…then went 5-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs in a three-game series against Cleveland July 14-16…hit his first Major League home run July 15 off Corey Kluber, a solo blast in the third inning…added his second home run in the eighth inning and the two-homer game came in the 13th game of his career…the only other player in Oakland history with a two-homer game that early in his career is Mitchell Page, who did it is his sixth game on April 13, 1977…also doubled in the fifth inning for the first three-hit game of his career…homered in three straight games July 22-24 to become the first A's rookie to homer in three straight games since Josh Donaldson (Aug. 29-31, 2012)…hit .193 in July but 12 of his 16 hits were for extra bases (.494 slugging percentage)…that gave him a .196 batting average overall…then batted .277 with 15 RBI in 27 games in August…added 10 doubles and four home runs for a .511 slugging percentage…tied for third in the AL in doubles in August…was ejected from the game in the fourth inning Sept. 6 by home plate umpire Mike Everitt…hit .391 (9-for-23) with two home runs and six RBI during a career-best six-game hitting streak from Sept. 4-10…then went 5-for-42 (.119) over his next 13 games before finishing the season with another six-game hitting streak (7-for-22, .318).
Hit .257 with 16 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games with Nashville…added six dou-bles and two triples for a .589 slugging percentage…the home runs were tied for third most in the Pacific Coast League and tied for fifth in all of the minor leagues at the time of his June 15 promotion to Oakland…also ranked fifth in the PCL in slugging…had a .192 batting average with five home runs and 11 RBI over his first 21 games through May 14, .304 with 11 home runs and 19 RBI over his final 28 contests…hit .320 (8-for-25) against left-handed pitching and .247 (37-for-150) with 15 of his 16 home runs against right-handers…batted .301 with 12 home runs and 20 RBI in 27 games on the road, .194 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games at home…had a .338 batting average in the six inning or later, .189 over the first five innings…batted .417 with a .475 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…hit .337 with 12 of his 16 home runs with the bases empty, .156 with runners on…had a .140 average with runners in scoring position…went 0-for-7 with six strikeouts over his first two games before going on the disabled list April 8 with a sprained left wrist…had a season-high four strikeouts April 6 at Round Rock (matched June 7 at Omaha)…was reinstated from the DL April 22…stole two of his five bases for the season on April 28 against New Orleans…batted .115 in eight games in the month of April…had two home runs and drove in a season-high three runs May 2 at Round Rock…homered in three straight games from May 16-18 and had six home runs, all solo shots, over a 10-game span from May 16-25…batted .272 with 11 home runs and 20 RBI in 29 games in May…the home runs led all of minor league baseball…hit safely in each of his final 11 Triple-A games beginning June 2…went 14-for-42 (.333) with five home runs and 10 RBI during the streak…singled and walked a season-high three times in four plate appearances against Iowa June 13.
Was named Texas League Player of the Year after bat-ting .244 with 29 home runs and 83 RBI in 117 games with Double-A Midland…led the league in runs (78), home runs, slugging percentage (.521), extra base hits (59) and strikeouts (147), ranked second in RBI, tied for third in walks (59), tied for fourth in total bases (228) and 10th in doubles (26)…was named to the TL Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams and was a
Baseball America Double-A All-Star…was promoted to Triple-A Nashville in mid-August and hit .197 with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 18 games with the Sounds…combined to hit .237 with 36 home runs and 96 RBI in 135 games…the home runs were third most in all of minor league baseball behind Dylan Cozens (40) and Rhys Hoskins (38) of the Phillies organization…also tied for fourth in the minors in extra base hits (68), ranked sixth in total bases (267) and tied for 10th in RBI…led the A's farm system in home runs, RBI, runs (92), extra base hits and total bases, ranked second in slugging (.519), third in walks (68), tied for sixth in triples (5) and 10th in hits (122) and doubles (27)…the 36 home runs tied for fourth most by an A's minor leaguer since the club moved to Oakland in 1968…had 15 home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games through June 20…then hit 21 home runs and drove in 60 runs over his final 67 contests…batted .282 (31-for-110) against left-handed pitching compared to .225 (91-for-404) against right-handers…24 of his 31 hits against lefties were for extra bases (11 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs)…slugged .709 against lefties, .468 against righties…with Midland, he hit .282 at home compared to .209 on the road…led TL third basemen in fielding (.971), total chances (342), putouts (87), assists (245) and double plays (41)…overall, he appeared in 118 games a third base and 10 at shortstop…committed 11 errors as a third baseman (.973 fielding percentage) and five as a shortstop (.911)…hit in every spot in the order from second through seventh and saw his most action with 57 games in the clean-up spot and 33 hitting fifth…was rated as the A's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America following the 2016 season.