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.
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.