Christopher M. Bassitt was originally signed by White Sox scout Phil Gulley … attended the University of Akron and earned All-Mid American Conference honors in 2011 … graduated from Genoa Area (Ohio) High School in 2007, where he earned all-league honors in baseball and basketball … helped lead the baseball team to consecutive league titles during his junior and senior seasons.
Saw the most extensive action of his five-year career, going 10-5 with a 3.81 ERA and .229 opponents batting average in 28 games, including 25 starts…had career highs in every category except losses as he was 4-14 in 40 games over his first four years…had career lows in opponents on-base percentage (.303) and fewest walks per nine innings (2.94)…led the A's with 141 strikeouts, which were the most by an Oakland pitcher since Sonny Gray had 169 in 2015…tied an Oakland record and tied for third in the American League with 13 hit batters…shares the record with Barry Zito, who did it three times (2001, 2005 and 2006)…began his season with 25 starts and concluded the year with three relief appearances…was 10-5 with a 3.95 ERA in his starting assignments, with his last coming on Sept. 13…did not allow a run in 5.0 innings in relief…is 14-19 with a 3.95 ERA in 55 career starts, 0-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 13 relief appearances…went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and .179 opponents average over his first five starts through May 16 and 3-3 with a 6.00 ERA and .249 opponents average over his next nine starts leading into the All-Star Break…then went 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 14 games after the break…his post-break ERA was seventh-lowest in the AL among pitchers with 60 or more innings…went 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 games at home compared to 4-3 with a 4.54 ERA in 15 games on the road…surrendered five home runs in 68.2 innings at home, 16 in 75.1 innings on the road…is now 7-9 with a 2.86 ERA in 29 career games in the Coliseum, 7-10 with a 4.64 ERA in 39 games in all other ballparks…has yielded just 11 home runs in 151.0 career innings in Oakland (0.66 per nine innings)…was 7-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 14 games during the day, 3-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 14 games at night…tied for third in the AL in day wins…entered the season with a 0-8 record during the day…was 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 starts following an A's loss…his opponents batting average broke down to .209 (58-for-278) against left-handed hitters compared to .251 (67-for-267) against right-handers…the mark against lefties was sixth-lowest in the AL among pitchers with 140 or more innings…surrendered 14 of his 21 home runs and issued 29 of his 47 walks to lefties for a .701 OPS…had a .695 OPS against righties…yielded a .221 average with runners in scoring position…had a .206 opponents batting average the first time through the lineup, .266 the second time and .211 after that…surrendered 12 of his 21 home runs the second time through the lineup…retired all three of his first batters faced in relief and they are 1-for-10 (.100) with two walks and a hit by pitch in his career…had a run support average of 6.69, which was ninth highest in the AL among pitchers with 140 or more innings… received two runs of support or fewer in 13 of his 25 starts and went 2-5 in those games…was 8-0 in 12 starts with support of three runs or more…entered the season with a 2.67 RSA in his career as a starter…has received two runs of support or fewer in 37 of his 55 career starts and is 4-19 in those games…is 10-0 in 18 career starts with run support of three runs or more…had a 2.88 ERA in the first inning, 4.01 from the second inning on…did not commit an error in 19 chances and turned three double plays, which tied for third among AL pitchers…went 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in seven starts against AL Central teams…opponents were successful in 10-of-12 (83.3%) stolen base attempts off him…the A's were 15-10 (.600) in his starting assignments.
Had seven stints with Oakland in his return to the majors following "Tommy John" surgery in 2016…went 2-3 with a 3.02 ERA and .221 opponents batting average in 11 games, including seven starts…the ERA and opponents batting average were the lowest of his four seasons as was his .309 on-base percentage, .315 slugging percentage and .624 OPS…the two wins matched his career total entering the season as he was 2-11 over his first three seasons…struck out 41 batters in 47.2 innings for a career-best average of 7.74 strikeouts per nine innings…his opponents batting average included a mark of .218 (19-for-87) against left-handed hitters compared to .223 (21-for-94) against right-handers…surrendered three of his four home runs to righties…yielded a .195 batting average to batters leading off an inning but walked eight for a .340 on-base percentage…three of the four home runs he allowed were solo shots…opponents hit .205 with runners in scoring position…had a .189 opponents average with two outs and .137 with two strikes…the opponents four and five hitters were a combined 3-for-38 (.079)…was 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA and .236 opponents batting average in his seven starts, 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and .162 opponents average in four relief appearances…did not allow a run in the first inning (7.0 ip) and had a 1.73 ERA over innings 1-3…logged a 4.57 ERA and surrendered all four of his home runs from the fourth inning on…went 0-2 with a 2.78 ERA in five games at home and is now 1-7 despite a 2.73 ERA (25 er in 82.1 ip) in 16 career games in the Coliseum…went 0-2 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts during the day and is now 0-8 with a 4.35 ERA (39 er in 80.2 ip) in 15 career outing during the day…received two runs of support or fewer in five of his seven starts and his RSA as a starter was 3.19…has received two runs of support or fewer in 24 of his 30 career starts and his career RSA as a starter is 2.67 (50 rs in 168.2 ip).
OAKLAND: Was recalled for the first time April 20 but did not pitch before he was optioned back to Nashville April 26…also did not appear in a game during his second stint, which lasted one day on May 26…was recalled for a third time June 9 and started that day at Kansas City…allowed a run on three hits and a walk in a season-high 7.0 innings but was the losing pitcher in the A's 1-0 loss…it was his first Major League appearance since April 28, 2016 at Detroit as he had UCL reconstruction surgery on May 6, 2016…was optioned back to Nashville the next day…made two starts during his fourth stint June 14-22 and took the loss in each outing to extend his losing streak to a career-high nine games…that tied for the third longest losing streak in Oakland history and was the longest since Bob Welch also lost nine straight from Sept. 5, 1993-May 11, 1994…compiled a 5.56 ERA and .290 opponents batting average during the streak, which spanned 13 starts dating from Aug. 21, 2015 to June 22, 2018…stint number five began June 27 and he combined with Petit and Trivino on a three-hit shutout in the A's 3-0 win at Detroit that day…it was his first Major League victory since Aug. 4, 2015 against Baltimore…tossed six innings and allowed two of the hits but walked a career-high tying five…went 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA (9 er in 31.1 ip) and .212 (24- for-113) opponents batting average over his final eight games, including four starts…the winning streak was the first of his career…was 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA during his fifth stint before he was optioned to Nashville July 12…returned Aug. 26, allowing one run on four hits in 4.2 innings in a no decision at Minnesota that day, and was optioned back to Nashville the next day…was called back for his seventh and final stint Sept. 7 and pitched exclusively in relief following his return, all in games started by an opener…tossed three innings in three of the four games and had a 2.45 ERA and .162 opponents batting average in the four games.
NASHVILLE: Went 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 games, including 14 starts, with Triple-A Nashville… was 2-3 with a 6.10 ERA and .314 opponents batting average over his first 10 games (seven starts) through June 2…then went 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA and .230 opponents batting average over his final eight games (seven starts) following his July 12 option from Oakland…surrendered six home runs in 81.2 innings, an average of 0.66 per nine innings…struck out 83, an average of 9.15 per nine innings, and walked 25 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.32…allowed a .271 opponents batting average, including .215 (29-for-135) against left-handed hitters compared to .313 (57-for-182) against right-handers…had a .573 OPS against lefties, .817 against righties…was 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 games at home, 2-4 with a 6.94 ERA in eight games on the road…surrendered five of his six home runs on the road…went 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four relief appearances, 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 14 starts…tossed at least four innings in all four of his relief appearances but tossed four innings or fewer in six of his 14 starts…allowed one run or fewer in eight of his 18 appearances… began the season in the bullpen and was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in three appearances when he was recalled by Oakland April 20…tossed at least 4.0 innings in each appearances and did not allow a run over his first 9.0 innings…was optioned back to Nashville April 26 and allowed a season-high seven runs on seven hits in 2.0 innings in his first start April 30 at Colorado Springs and took the loss…pitched 2.0 innings in his next start and 3.0 after that…then allowed a season-high tying seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 3.1 innings May 17 at Oklahoma City for the loss… picked up his first win as a starter May 22 against Colorado Springs when he allowed just one run in 5.0 innings…struck out a season-high eight in a no decision May 28 against Oklahoma City… took the loss in his first start following his July 12 option from Oakland but then went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his next four starts from July 24 to Aug. 10…allowed a season-high tying eight hits July 24 at Las Vegas…tossed a season-high 8.0 innings and allowed just one run on three hits in a 3-1 win over Sacramento Aug. 4…allowed one run in three consecutive starts from Aug. 4-15 (3 er in 19.1 ip, 1.40 ERA)…pitched in relief of Daniel Mengden on Aug. 21 at Round Rock and allowed two runs in 4.0 innings for the loss…logged one scoreless inning in his final start Aug. 31 against Memphis and finished August 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA and .218 opponents average in five games, four starts.
Began the season on Oakland's disabled list as he continued his recovery from May 6, 2016 UCL reconstruction surgery and spent the entire season in the minors…went 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA in seven games, all starts, with Single-A Stockton and 4-2 with a 6.21 ERA in 17 games, two starts, with Triple-A Nashville…combined for a 5-3 record and a 5.33 ERA in 24 games, nine starts, overall…allowed a .260 opponents batting average, including .243 (26-for-107) against right-handed hitters compared to .282 (24-for-85) against left-handers…surrendered three home runs in 50.2 innings, an average of 0.53 per nine innings…all three of his home runs came with runners on base…yielded a .341 average with runners in scoring position, but that dropped to .167 with RISP and two outs…opponents hit .174 with a .269 on-base percentage when leading off an inning… was 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA in his nine starting assignments, 3-1 with a 6.11 ERA in 15 relief appearances…tossed at least two innings in 10 of his 15 relief outings…allowed 2-of-9 (22.2%) inherited runners to score…began his rehab assignment with Stockton April 29 and did not allow a run in two starts with the Ports (7.0 ip) before he was moved up to Nashville May 8…allowed four runs on five hits and season-high four walks in 4.0 innings of relief the next day against El Paso but struck out a season-high six…then tossed a season-high 5.0 shutout innings for the win in a start at Fresno May 15…yielded a season-high seven runs on a season-high seven hits in his next start May 20 at Sacramento and was 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA in five games overall when his rehab assignment was halted May 24…resumed pitching June 28 back at Stockton and had four scoreless outings (4.2 ip) before allowing four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings in a loss to Inland Empire July 12… was moved up to Nashville July 16 and pitched in relief…made three more rehab appearances before he was reinstated from the DL and optioned to Nashville July 25…spent the remainder of the season pitching in relief, posting a 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances following his option…did not allow a run in five of his last seven outings (1.93 ERA).
Was on the A's Opening Day roster and went 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in five starts before going on the disabled list April 29 with an elbow injury…had UCL reconstruction surgery on May 6 and missed the remainder of the season…is now 1-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 23 games (18 starts) in two seasons with Oakland…surrendered five home runs in 28.0 innings after yielding five home runs in 86.0 innings in 2015…allowed a .294 opponents batting average, which included .210 (13-for-62) against left-handed hitters compared to .386 (22-for-57) against right-handers…had a .661 OPS against lefties, 1.067 against righties…received two runs of support or fewer in each of his five starts and averaged 2.89 runs of support per game…in 2015, he received one run of support or fewer in nine of his 13 starts and his RSA as a starter was 2.15…has two runs of support or fewer in 19 of his 23 career starts and his career RSA as a starter is 2.52 (37 rs in 132.0 ip)…compiled a 4.38 ERA in Oakland and a 7.47 ERA in the road…in two seasons with the A's, he is 1-5 with a 2.72 ERA (18 er in 59.2 ip) in 11 games in Oakland compared to 0-5 with a 5.80 ERA (35 er in 54.1 ip) in 12 games on the road…made four of his five starts during the day and has made 11 of his 23 career starts in day games…the A's were 2-3 (.400) in his five starting assignments and are 5-13 (.278) when he starts over the last two years…allowed four runs in 5.1 innings in his first start on April 5 against Chicago (AL)…then tossed 7.0 innings in back-to-back starts April 10 at Seattle and April 17 against Kansas City…allowed one unearned run against the Mariners and two runs against the Royals but had a no decision in each contest, both A's wins…issued a career-high tying five walks in the start against Seattle and tossed a career-high 114 pitches against Kansas City…yielded six runs on nine hits in a 9-3 loss at Toronto on April 23…both marks were career highs until he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in just 3.2 innings in his next and final start April 28 at Detroit…also lost to the Tigers to extend his losing streak to a career-high six games dating back to Aug. 21, 2015…has a 6.10 ERA (35 er in 51.2 ip) and .307 (67-for-218) opponents batting average during the losing streak, which spans 10 starts…was placed on the disabled list April 29 and had surgery on his elbow May 6 at Beacon Orthopedics in Cincinnati…the surgery was performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek and involved an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction with an ipsilateral palmaris longus graft.
Split his first season in the A's organization between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville…went 1-8 despite a 3.56 ERA and .244 opponents batting average in 18 games, including 13 starts, over four stints with the A's…his .111 winning percentage was the lowest in the majors among pitchers with at least 10 games started…it tied for fourth lowest in Oakland history among pitchers with at least 10 starts, but was the lowest among pitchers with an ERA under 5.00…the last Major League pitcher with at least 10 starts, an ERA under 3.75 and a winning percentage of .111 or less was Zane Smith, who went 1-13 (.071) with a 3.49 ERA in 48 games, including 17 starts, for the Braves and Expos in 1989…no American League pitcher has done it since 1968 when Rickey Clark (1-11, 3.53 ERA with California) and Fred Talbot (1-9, 3.36 ERA with New York) both did it…received one run of support or fewer in nine of his 13 starts and his season run support average as a starter was 2.15…his overall run support of 3.14 was fifth lowest in the AL among pitchers with 81 or more innings pitched…has one run of support or fewer in 11 of his 18 career starts and his career RSA as a starter is 2.42 (28 rs in 104.0 ip)…surrendered just five home runs in 86.0 innings for an average of 0.52 home runs per nine innings…that ranked third best in the AL among pitchers with at least 81.0 innings…had a .244 opponents batting average, including .217 (40-for-184) against lefties and .279 (38-for-136) against righties…issued 22 of his 30 walks to lefties…went 1-5 with a 2.28 ERA and .218 opponents batting average in nine games in Oakland, 0-3 with a 5.12 ERA and .274 opponents average in nine games on the road…was 1-8 with a 3.58 ERA and .258 opponents average in his 13 starts…had no decisions, a 3.38 ERA and .135 opponents average in five relief appearances…walked 21 batters in 75.1 innings as a starter (2.51 per nine innings), nine in 10.2 innings in relief (7.59)…allowed 1-of-2 (50.0%) inherited runners to score and first batters faced were 0-for-3 with a walk and hit by pitch…opponents hit .215 with two outs…had a 7.62 ERA and .379 opponents batting average in the first inning compared to a 2.84 ERA and .214 opponents average from the second inning on…was 0-4 with a 5.21 ERA in 10 games against AL West competition, 1-4 with a 2.25 ERA in eight games against all other teams…the A's were 3-10 (.231) in his starting assignments… walked two batters or fewer in 11 of his 13 starts.
Made his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox, going 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in six games, five starts…did not allow a home run in 29.2 innings…allowed just eight extra base hits, all doubles, fora .353 opponents slugging percentage…opponents hit .286, including .250 (14-for-56) by right-handedhitters compared to .317 (20-for-63) by left-handers…yielded a .244 batting average with runners inscoring position, including .167 with RISP and two outs…allowed a .387 average to batters leading off an inning…was selected from Double-A Birmingham Aug. 30 and made his debut with a start thatday in the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit…was the losing pitcher in the White Sox 8-4 loss (6.1 ip, 7 h, 5 r, 5 er, 4 bb, 4 so)…faced Kyle Ryan, who also made his debut, marking the secondgame in White Sox history to feature two starting pitchers making their ML debut (also Sept. 21, 1963
at Detroit; Fritz Ackley vs. Denny McClain)…was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following the game but returned to Chicago Sept. 2…made his only relief appearance in his first game following his returnat Minnesota Sept. 3 (1.0 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 2 so)…finished the season with four starts, including hisrst win Sept. 22 at Detroit when he combined with Jake Petricka on a 2-0 six-hit shutout…tossed 7.2 innings and allowed six of the hits.
Combined to go 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA (51 ER/149.0 IP) and 138 strikeouts over 26 starts between Class
A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham … ranked among White Sox organizational leaders in strikeouts
(1st), ERA (4th), wins (T5th) and IP (7th) … led the Dash with 101 strikeouts … recorded a sub-3.00 ERA in April (2.10), June (2.97) and August (1.76) … limited righties to a .197 average (56-284) and lefties to a .257 mark (69-269) … went 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA (8 ER/42.0 IP) and 41 strikeouts over his first seven starts ... struck out a season-high 10 batters on 6/29 at Frederick (6.0 IP) … was promoted to Birmingham on 7/16 … helped guide the Barons to the Southern League Championship … went 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP) over two starts in the SL playoffs … appeared in 10 games with the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) and nine strikeouts.
Spent the season with Class A Winston-Salem … led the Dash in appearances (38) … 18 of his 38
appearances were scoreless … went 1-2 with a 2.98 ERA (14 ER /42.1 IP) and four saves in 28 relief appearances, compared to 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA (23 ER/48.2 IP) over 10 starts … held right-handers to a .200 average (46-230) (lefties hit .257) … posted a 1.75 ERA (5 ER/25.2 IP) over his first 17 games of the season … went 3-3 in save opportunities from 6/12-30 … struck out a season-high eight batters on 8/22 at Lynchburg.
Went a combined 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA (7 ER/34.2 IP) and 41 strikeouts in 23 games with Advanced
Rookie Bristol, Class A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem … began the season with Bristol, making scoreless
appearances in five of his first six games … was promoted to Winston-Salem on 7/8 and then sent to Kannaoplis
on 7/13 … made five consecutive scoreless appearances (8.2 IP) from 7/13-28 … was signed by Phil Gulley.