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Dakota Chalmers
Trending: ↑ 15%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 175LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 3, #97, Oakland Athletics | North Forsyth (GA) HS
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 1 1 3.38 5 5 0 21.1 29 1.27
Career Minors 9 8 3.98 47 39 0 156.0 185 1.42
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 5 1-1 3.38 21.1 29 1.27
Career Minors 47 9-8 3.98 156.0 185 1.42

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2015 AZL Athletics AZL ROK 0 1 2.66 11 11 0 20.1 15 9 6 0 17 18 1.57
2016 Vermont Lake Monsters NYP A(Short) 5 4 4.70 15 13 0 67.0 55 41 35 8 37 62 1.37
2017 Beloit Snappers MID A(Full) 2 2 4.34 10 5 0 29.0 15 14 14 1 29 47 1.52
2018 Beloit Snappers MID A(Full) 0 0 0.00 2 1 0 5.0 3 1 0 0 8 10 2.20
2019 2 Teams Minors 2 1 3.63 9 9 0 34.2 20 17 14 0 23 48 1.24
2019 GCL Twins GCL ROK 1 0 4.05 4 4 0 13.1 8 7 6 0 8 19 1.20
2019 Fort Myers Miracle FSL A(Adv) 1 1 3.38 5 5 0 21.1 12 10 8 0 15 29 1.27

Scouting Report

2020

Chalmers was one of the top high school arms in the 2015 Draft class, but he slid to the third round, where the A’s took him and went way over pick value to sign him away from his University of Georgia commitment for $1.2 million. Command issues and injuries had derailed him since he was drafted, with Tommy John surgery in April 2018 severely slowing him down. The Twins rolled the dice to acquire him in the Fernando Rodney trade with the A’s that August and he returned to the mound in July 2019, finishing off by showing the same combination of exciting stuff and shaky control in the Arizona Fall League, though the Twins saw enough to add him to the 40-man roster.

Even while shaking the rust off post-injury, Chalmers was showing two plus pitches. He’ll throw his fastball in the 94-98 mph range, missing bats and getting ground-ball outs with it. His best pitch is his low-80s curveball, which gets a ton of swings and misses thanks to elite-level spin rates. (He was over 3,000 rpm in the AFL.). His mid-80s changeup is a distant third pitch, but it can elicit weak contact on occasion. 

The biggest issue for Chalmers is still his inability to find the strike zone. His curve is unhittable, but he also doesn’t command it well, and he walked over six batters per nine innings in 2019 during the regular season and AFL combined. He needs reps to iron things out, but signs point to a career in the bullpen, where he won’t need pinpoint control and his fastball-curve combination could be very effective.


2018

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 35 | Overall: 45

Chalmers threw well early in his senior year at North Forsyth (Ga.) High, but, as the season unfolded, the right-hander's impressive stuff became less consistent. Viewed as a potential first-round talent heading into the spring, he ultimately fell to the third round in the Draft, where the A's were able to sign him away from a Georgia commitment with a $1.2 million bonus. Chalmers would make his full-season debut in 2017, only to take a season-ending personal leave in late May after experiencing massive control problems in his 10 appearances with Class A Beloit.

An athletic and projectable right-hander, Chalmers generates a fastball that sits in the 92-96 mph range and has been up to 98 in the past. His curveball shows above-average potential and projects as an out pitch, thrown with tight spin and downer action. The A's tweaked Chalmers' mechanics at the outset of his pro career and then once again when he returned for the 2017 fall instructional league -- after he had issued 29 walks in 29 innings with Beloit. The hope is that he'll learn to harness the electric stuff that gives him no-hit potential each time he's on the mound.

Now in his fourth professional season, Chalmers is still very much a project. The stuff, however, remains impressive, and it offers reason to believe that the right-hander will eventually figure things out. If he does, Chalmers could develop into a No. 3 or 4 starter, though a late-inning bullpen role seems like a more realistic long-term role.


2017

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

Chalmers threw well at the outset of his senior year at North Forsyth (Ga.) High, but, as the season unfolded, the right-hander's impressive stuff became less consistent. Viewed as a potential first-round talent heading into the spring, he ultimately fell the third round in the Draft, where the A's were able to sign him away from a commitment to Georgia with a $1.2 million bonus. He spent all of 2016 in the New York-Penn League, showing the ability to miss bats but also well below-average control, and it's been more of the same for the right-hander in his 2017 debut with Class A Beloit.

An athletic and projectable right-hander, Chalmers generates a fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range and has been as high as 97 in the past. His curveball shows above-average potential and projects as an out pitch, thrown with tight spin and some downer action, and he also shows feel for throwing his changeup. The A's adjusted Chalmers' mechanics at the outset of his pro career, and, for the most part, he did a better job repeating his delivery last season. His control is still below average, though.

Club officials believe Chalmers has the necessary athleticism and aptitude to make strides as a strike-thrower. He'll need time to develop, but the potential is there for him to become a No. 3 or 4 starter at maturity.


2016

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

After his eye-opening performance on the summer showcase circuit, Chalmers seemed poised to become a first-round Draft pick in 2015. He pitched well at the outset of his senior year at North Forsyth (Ga.) High, but, as the season unfolded, the right-hander's impressive stuff became less consistent. He ended up falling to the third round in the Draft, where the A's were able to sign him away from a commitment to Georgia with a $1.2 million bonus.

Chalmers' has big-time arm strength, with a fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range and reaches 97-98, and his projectable 6-foot-3 frame should lead to even more velocity in the future. Both his curveball and slider are inconsistent but show above-average potential, and he also shows feel for throwing his changeup. Meanwhile, club officials believe Chalmers has the necessary athleticism and aptitude to make strides with his control and command.

With a high-effort delivery that he struggles to repeat, Chalmers had trouble throwing strikes consistently at the outset of his pro career. The A's adjusted the right-hander's mechanics after he signed and saw immediate results that have since carried over into his 2016 campaign.


2015

Scouting Grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

With a fine performance on the showcase circuit and a strong start to his senior season, Chalmers' stock was nearly as high as any high school pitcher's at one point during the spring. He cooled off some and dropped to the Athletics in the third round, where he signed for $1.2 million.

Chalmers already operated with a 92-95 mph fastball that peaks at 98, and his projectable 6-foot-3 frame hints at more velocity in the future. His secondary pitches need more consistency, though his breaking balls grade as plus offerings at their best and he'll flash a solid changeup.

Chalmers' biggest need at this point is to clean up his delivery, which features more effort than scouts would like. His athleticism bodes well for his ability to refine his mechanics and improve his control and command.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/01/2020 Minnesota Twins activated RHP Dakota Chalmers.
09/29/2020 Minnesota Twins reassigned RHP Dakota Chalmers to the minor leagues.
09/28/2020 Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Dakota Chalmers from Twins Alternate Training Site.
07/18/2020 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Twins Alternate Training Site from Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
03/09/2020 Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Dakota Chalmers to Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
11/20/2019 Minnesota Twins selected the contract of Dakota Chalmers from Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
09/04/2019 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Pensacola Blue Wahoos from Fort Myers Miracle.
08/28/2019 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Salt River Rafters.
07/27/2019 Fort Myers Miracle activated RHP Dakota Chalmers from the 7-day injured list.
07/02/2019 Fort Myers Miracle sent RHP Dakota Chalmers on a rehab assignment to GCL Twins.
06/14/2019 Fort Myers Miracle placed RHP Dakota Chalmers on the 7-day injured list. Right elbow injury.
06/13/2019 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Fort Myers Miracle from GCL Twins.
04/01/2019 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to GCL Twins from Cedar Rapids Kernels.
09/25/2018 Cedar Rapids Kernels activated RHP Dakota Chalmers from the 60-day injured list.
08/09/2018 Minnesota Twins traded RHP Fernando Rodney to Oakland Athletics for RHP Dakota Chalmers.
08/09/2018 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels.
04/24/2018 Beloit Snappers placed RHP Dakota Chalmers on the 7-day disabled list.
04/02/2018 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Beloit Snappers.
05/27/2017 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Vermont Lake Monsters from Beloit Snappers.
04/01/2017 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Beloit Snappers.
06/15/2016 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to Vermont Lake Monsters from AZL Athletics.
06/20/2015 RHP Dakota Chalmers assigned to AZL Athletics.
06/13/2015 Oakland Athletics signed RHP Dakota Chalmers.