Melvin sees vast talent in Bassitt's arm

Melvin sees vast talent in Bassitt's arm

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Chris Bassitt's second start of the Cactus League slate was even better than his first, and the A's are liking the way he's progressing.

Despite posting a 1-8 record with Oakland last year, the right-hander put up a 3.56 ERA and .244 opponents' batting average in 18 games (13 starts) over four stints with the A's. The potential is clearly there, and the results have been there, too.

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In Friday's 9-4 win over the Reds, Bassitt pitched three scoreless, one-hit innings, striking out three and walking one. He has yet to give up a run this spring, so naturally, his manager, Bob Melvin, was impressed.

"Velocity today, movement," Melvin said. "I think the delivery is really going to benefit him, that he's cut down on a lot of the moving parts. And really, the last thing for him is being consistent with his breaking stuff and throwing the ball over the plate when he wants to.

"He's a terrific talent."

Chapman opening eyes

The A's thought enough of Matt Chapman to select him with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 Draft, and he hit 23 homers for Class A Advanced Stockton last year. The 22-year-old third baseman is in his first big league camp this year, and he's turning heads.

The A's No. 6 prospect, according to MLB.com, Chapman went 1-for-2 on Friday and is hitting .333 with two homers and four RBIs this spring.

Top Prospects: Chapman, OAK

"I don't think you put big league expectations on him until he actually gets there," Melvin said. "It's all about development, and he's developing and he's not afraid of anything that we throw at him here. He's a tough kid with a lot of ability. We're seeing it for the first time firsthand, and it's great to see."

Melvin said one advantage is that Chapman has taken possible pressure off himself by getting off to such a good start at the plate.

"Sometimes for younger players who get an opportunity in big league camp for the first time but don't get off to a good start, it can be a little bit tough," Melvin said. "I don't know if that would have been the case for him, but there's quite a bit of hoopla surrounding him right now, and it's well deserved."

Worth noting

Sam Fuld is competing for a backup outfield job and made his case on Friday, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a triple and four RBIs.

Mark Canha, who was slowed early this spring by a back injury, made his spring debut on Friday, playing left field and batting fourth. He went 1-for-3 with a double.

• Melvin said that catcher Stephen Vogt, who is coming off right elbow surgery, threw to bases again on Friday but would still likely serve as the designated hitter in his next game.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.