Western Reserve grad to start today against Cleveland Indians

(UPDATE) Left-hander to take the mound for Arizona in the second game of today's doubleheader.
Mike Greco
Aug 13, 2014


It’s been a whirlwind for the Chafin family the past few days.

Andrew Chafin, a 2008 Western Reserve graduate, was called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

“He called us at about 2:07 a.m. and said I’m going to the big leagues,’’ said Darryl Chafin, Andrew’s dad. “We went to Arizona as quickly as possible.

Darryl, his wife Tania, Andrew’s sisters Sarah Teeters and Leah Chafin and Sarah’s husband, Justin were on a flight to Phoenix to watch the Diamondbacks play the Colorado Rockies.

“He’s just so excited, but he’s real calm about it,’’ Darryl Chafin said. “Just seeing him in a uniform is exciting. I really can’t explain it.’’

Chafin, a left-handed pitcher who wears No. 40 for Arizona, didn’t appear in any of the games.

“He had no idea (of the call up),’’ Chafin said. “Everybody has been kind of wondering. When it happens, it kind of sends you into a whirlwind. We didn’t leave disappointed.’’

The Diamondbacks are ironically playing in Cleveland this week, and Chafin is scheduled to start the second game of the doubleheader that begins at 4:05 p.m. today.

It is Arizona’s first appearance in Cleveland since 2005.

“What are the odds, being in different leagues,’’ Chafin said. “It’s crazy.’’

Needless to say, the Chafins are proud of Andrew’s accomplishments.

“Andrew is a special person,’’ Chafin said. “Andrew’s a baseball player who pitches. He prepares everyday for what may come. That’s all he can do.’’

After playing for the Roughriders, he went to Kent State.

He was Arizona’s first round draft choice (43rd overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

At the minor-league level, he is 27-20 with a 3.95 earned run average.

In 81 games, including 73 starts, he’s pitched 412 1/3 innings with two complete games.

Chafin has allowed 203 runs (181 earned) on 405 hits with 175 walks and 373 strikeouts.

The Chafins have followed Andrew’s career throughout.

He’s pitched for Double A Mobile and Triple A Reno this season.

He’s 8-6 with a 3.96 ERA combined.

“It’s been a real great experience,’’ Chafin said. “He’s pitched against some good players. It’s been kind of eye opening.’’

From the area, Vermilion’s Andy Oliver and Huron’s Matt Maloney have appeared in MLB games.


Joe Centers

Good luck and congratulations. Jeff Van Natta will be there today shooting all of the action for Thursday's Norwalk Reflector.


Good luck but I hope you lose or at least get a no decision... Go Tribe..


Good luck to a homegrown talent!!


This is the only game that I'll root against the Tribe. Best of luck young man.


Great 4 U ANDY! Best wishes......Go Tribe! ( sorry andy)

Cliff Cannon

Is this off the charts cool or what ? Here's hoping he gets the win !


im trying to remember his record in fireland conf in his high school career. anyone know? also anyone know how he fared in high school vs new london