Andrew Gregory Chafin (born June 17, 1990), nicknamed “Big Country” and “The Sheriff”, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics.
Chafin is from Wakeman, Ohio. He attended Western Reserve High School in Collins, Ohio, and played for the school’s baseball team. He pitched a no-hitter in his final high school game.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Chafin in the first round with the 43rd overall selection of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He made his professional debut for the Arizona League Diamondbacks, pitching in one game, and recording two strikeouts over one inning. Pitching for the Visalia Rawhide in 2012, he recorded a 4.93 ERA with 150 strikeouts over 122+1⁄3.
On July 27, 2021, the Cubs traded Chafin to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Greg Deichmann and Daniel Palencia. Between the two teams in 2021, Chafin pitched in 71 games, boasting a 1.83 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 68+2⁄3 innings.
On March 17, 2022, Chafin signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. On April 6 (retroactive to April 4), the Tigers placed Chafin on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.
Professional baseball pitcher, Chafin has been married to his, Shelbi, for five years now, the beautiful couple has two amazing daughters.