- Rating: 5.06
- Age: 27
- 2019 stats: 30.1 IP, 3.56 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 1.022 WHIP, 0.4 bWAR
- 2019 salary: league minimum, pre-arbitration
- 2020 status: no options left
Introduction Part 1: Unremarkable describes his beginning in the Majors.
For Stefan Crichton, merely reaching spring training was a confidence booster.
“Then, obviously, throwing against big league and minor league guys in spring training helped. Just watching the swings they have off you. Again, confidence comes from success.” — Stefan Crichton, April 2017
In his first appearance in the Majors, he pitched 1.2 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 earned runs. John Sickels wrote, “…stereotype middle reliever…but doesn’t have much of a change-up, precluding use as a starter.” That season, his ERA was 8.03.
Introduction Part 2: Remarkable describes how he became a Diamondback.
Memorable and most peculiar was how he became a D-back. To make room on the 40-man roster, the D-backs took a big-dollar player (currently the highest paid on the team) off the roster – a remarkable action. In April 2018, they obtained Crichton from the Orioles, without needing to trade any players. Instead, they sent the Orioles…