Chad Pinder
Chad Pinder
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pinder began 2018 in a utility role before missing 10 days in April with a hyper-extended knee. When he returned, Pinder saw some time at second but played primarily in left field. He and his fiancee were in a car accident in late July and Pinder was sent to the DL with a lacerated elbow. Upon returning, Pinder resumed his utility role. Pinder improved his on-base skills but fell back in power, with his flyball rate and HR/FB both dropping a little. Alone, neither inflicted much damage, but in tandem they cost Pinder a few long balls. Statcast data bodes well with Pinder checking in above average in both exit velocity and barrel rate. Oakland likes to get everyone involved, so regardless of whether he wins a starting job, Pinder will get plenty of action. Read Past Outlooks
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Managing multiple minor injuries
2BOakland Athletics
September 29, 2019
Pinder is dealing with minor abductor and hamstring injuries in addition to having twisted his knee in Friday's game, the Associated Press reports.
Pinder was in the starting nine for Saturday's key victory against the Mariners that clinched home-field advantage for the American League Wild Card Game on Wednesday against the Rays, but he's out of the lineup for Sunday's regular-season finale. However, that's hardly alarming, considering manager Bob Melvin gave multiple regulars the day off ahead of the postseason. Despite the nagging assortment of injuries, there's currently no indication Pinder would be unavailable for Wednesday's one-game playoff if Melvin wanted to utilize him.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .777 429 50 16 45 1 .264 .336 .441
Since 2017vs Right .713 582 74 25 71 1 .232 .282 .431
2019vs Left .748 179 23 7 27 0 .252 .313 .436
2019vs Right .667 191 22 6 20 0 .230 .268 .399
2018vs Left .835 152 16 6 11 0 .289 .368 .467
2018vs Right .713 181 27 7 16 0 .233 .302 .411
2017vs Left .738 98 11 3 7 1 .247 .327 .412
2017vs Right .753 210 25 12 35 1 .234 .276 .477
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .730 481 61 22 58 1 .228 .288 .443
Since 2017Away .749 530 63 19 58 1 .261 .320 .429
2019Home .702 157 20 6 24 0 .238 .280 .422
2019Away .710 213 25 7 23 0 .242 .297 .412
2018Home .727 168 21 6 6 0 .226 .323 .404
2018Away .809 165 22 7 21 0 .289 .341 .467
2017Home .760 156 20 10 28 1 .221 .256 .503
2017Away .738 152 16 5 14 1 .255 .329 .409
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How does Chad Pinder compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pinder didn't make the big club coming out of camp, but an injury to Marcus Semien resulted in his callup from Triple-A Nashville in mid-April. Pinder spent the rest of the season with the Athletics, though he did miss a little more than five weeks mid-season with a hamstring before having his season truncated via a concussion in late September. All told, the utility man appeared in 87 games, playing second base, shortstop and all three outfield spots, along with a handful of games at designated hitter. That's Pinder's likely role heading into 2018, offering a power bat off the bench while giving one of the regulars a day off a couple times a week. Pinder hit double-digit homers at three levels in the minors, so popping 15 in 208 plate appearances wasn't a shock. However, a 29.8 percent strikeout rate tempers his average, exposing him when playing full time. Pinder is the ideal endgame play in AL-only. He'll get his at-bats, but without a regular job, he won't draw much interest.
Pinder scraped out 22 major league games last year and failed to make a major impact. Though he had an encouraging stint at High-A Stockton in 2014 and has smacked double-digit homers in his last two minor league years, although he has often been taking advantage of very favorable hitting conditions. He occupied the bottom half of an A's platoon with Joey Wendle at second base near the end of 2016, but with Jed Lowrie presumably fully recovered from toe surgery, Pinder may open 2017 as a bench bat. He has enough defensive versatility and may display enough offense across the board -- including sneaky stolen-base ability -- to gain fantasy value as a compiler if he is ever given a regular role. However, he may need an injury ahead of him to receive that shot, and it would have to happen fairly quickly, as top prospect Franklin Barreto is nearing the majors and figures to slot in alongside Marcus Semien to form Oakland's double-play duo of the future.
Pinder built on his success at High-A in 2014 with another strong season at Double-A Midland. Pinder finished the year at .317 with an .847 OPS with 15 homers and 86 RBI over 477 at-bats. Back-to-back years with an OPS over .800 has elevated Pinder's stock within the A's system, especially with the trades of other shortstops, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. Even more exciting is how Pinder improved as the year progressed, hitting .340 after June 1st with a nearly .900 OPS. The 2013 2nd round pick out of VPI was rewarded for his season by being named the 2015 Texas League Player of the Year. Pinder had one of the best years in the A's farm system and could make an appearance in the Majors in the second half if he continues hitting.
Pinder, a second-round pick in 2013, spent his first full professional season at High-A Stockton in 2014. He had a nice first year, putting up a .824 OPS with 13 homers, 12 steals and 32 doubles over 403 at-bats. The extra-base hits were very nice after he managed only seven of them in 140 at-bats with Low-A Beloit in 2013. The A's front office has indicated that Pinder played though multiples wrist injuries in 2014, so it is possible that his offensive production could jump yet again in 2015. He moved to second base in 2014, likely because the A's already had stud shortstop prospect Addison Russell in the system, but it is possible that Pinder could be moved back to shortstop since the A's have since dealt Russell to the Cubs and Daniel Robertson to to the Rays.
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Not expected to miss time
2BOakland Athletics
September 28, 2019
Pinder, who remained down momentarily after chasing down a foul ball in the ninth inning of Friday's loss to the Mariners, is not expected to miss time, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Cranks three-run homer
2BOakland Athletics
September 20, 2019
Pinder went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run in Friday's 8-0 win over the Rangers.
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Racks up three hits in rout
2BOakland Athletics
September 11, 2019
Pinder went 3-for-6 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Astros on Tuesday.
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Homers in suspended-game conclusion
2BOakland Athletics
September 7, 2019
Pinder hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of a win over the Tigers on Friday that served as the conclusion of a game suspended due to rain back on May 19. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs overall in the contest.
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Starting for Chapman
2BOakland Athletics
August 29, 2019
Pinder will start at third base and bat seventh Thursday against the Royals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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