Chris Bassitt

Christopher M. Bassitt (born February 22, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2014 and played for the Oakland Athletics from 2015 to 2021 and New York Mets in 2022. Prior to playing professionally, he starred for his basketball and baseball teams at Genoa Area High School and the University of Akron.

Chris Bassitt
Bassitt with the Mets in 2022
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 40
Born: (1989-02-22) February 22, 1989
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 30, 2014, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Win–loss record46–34
Earned run average3.45
Career highlights and awards
Bassitt with the Mets in 2022

Amateur career

Bassitt attended Genoa Area High School in Genoa, Ohio, where he played school's baseball and basketball teams. In his senior year, Bassitt was named to the All-Suburban Lakes League first team in both sports. He had a 1.56 earned run average (ERA) with 65 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched for the baseball team in 2007, his senior year.[1][2]

Bassitt was recruited out of high school to play basketball collegiately.[1] He chose to enroll at the University of Akron, where he played college baseball for the Akron Zips baseball team, competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).[3] Bassitt took a redshirt in his first year at Akron. In 2009, as a redshirt freshman, Bassitt served as the Zips' closer. He pitched to a 1–2 win–loss record, a 3.52 ERA, and seven saves. In his sophomore year, he pitched in only one game, as he focused on academics.[1] In 2011, his junior year, Bassitt pitched to a 1.42 ERA and limited opposing batters to a .183 batting average against. He was named to the All-MAC second team.[4]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Chicago White Sox selected Bassitt in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, with the 501st overall selection. Bassitt signed with the White Sox, and was assigned to the Bristol White Sox of the Rookie-level Appalachian League to begin his professional career.[3][4] In 2013, he began the season with the Winston-Salem Dash of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where he was named an all-star.[5] He was promoted to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League, and recorded two wins in the Southern League playoffs.[6] After working as a relief pitcher for most of his career, the White Sox used Bassitt as a starting pitcher in 2013. He had pitched to an 11–4 win–loss record, a 3.08 ERA, and 138 strikeouts in 26 games started with Birmingham.[7] After the season, the White Sox assigned him to the Arizona Fall League (AFL), where he pitched in relief for the Glendale Desert Dogs.[2][6][7] In the AFL, he had a 0.90 ERA in ten innings pitched.[8]

Bassitt broke his right hand prior to the 2014 season. He made three rehabilitative appearances with the Arizona White Sox of the Rookie-level Arizona League, before returning to Birmingham on July 29. He had a 3–1 record and a 1.56 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 34+23 innings for Birmingham.[9]

Chicago White Sox

On August 30, 2014, Bassitt made his major league debut in a start against the Detroit Tigers.[10][11] He had a 3.94 ERA in six appearances with the White Sox. After the regular season, the White Sox assigned Bassitt to Glendale of the AFL, where he had a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings, striking out 22 batters while walking only three.[12]

Oakland Athletics

After the 2014 season, the White Sox traded Bassitt, Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, and Rangel Ravelo to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.[13] Bassitt began the 2015 season with the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, and was promoted to the major leagues on April 23.[14] In 18 games (13 starts), Bassitt finished 1–8 with a 3.56 ERA.

Bassitt's 2016 season became short-lived after 5 starts with a 0–2 record and a 6.11 ERA. On May 5, 2016, it was announced that Bassitt would undergo Tommy John surgery, putting him aside for the rest of 2016. He missed more than half of the 2017 season while recovering from surgery. He was recalled on June 9, 2018 to the A's rotation, his first start in 2 years. He was sent down and back up to the Majors in the following 2 weeks. On March 26, 2019, Bassitt was placed on the injured list with a leg injury.[15] Bassitt finished the season with a record of 10–5 in 28 games (25 starts). He struck out 141 batters in 144 innings.

In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Bassitt posted a 5–2 record with a 2.29 ERA in 11 starts. He was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for September that year, as during that month he went 3–0 in four starts while allowing only one run in 26+23 innings.[16]

On May 27, 2021, Bassitt threw his first career complete game against the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up just 2 hits while striking out 9 batters in a 5–0 win.[17] On August 17, 2021, Bassitt was struck in the face by a line drive and exited on a motorized stretcher.[18] He returned to the mound later in the season on September 23, 2021.[19]

New York Mets

On March 12, 2022, the Athletics traded Bassitt to the New York Mets in exchange for J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller.[20] Bassitt and the Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract worth $8.65 million for the 2022 season with a $19 million option or a $150,000 buyout for the 2023 season.[21] On November 8, 2022, Bassitt opted out of his contract and elected free agency, receiving a $150,000 buyout.[22][23]

Toronto Blue Jays

On December 16, 2022, Bassitt signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.[24]

Scouting report

Bassitt throws four pitches, a four-seam and two-seam fastball that range between 92–99 miles per hour (148–159 km/h), a slider at 85–89 miles per hour (137–143 km/h) and a curveball at 69–75 miles per hour (111–121 km/h). Bassitt throws with great deception, as most of his pitches have either a lot of rise or a lot of break.[25]

Personal life

Bassitt is from Curtice, Ohio. He also played basketball in high school.


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