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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
3.3 4.80 1.46 3 0 0 1 0.0
Birth Date8-21-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight175 lbs
Age35 years, 0 months, 30 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.62014
2.32015
0.82016
0.12017
1.82018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2008 PIT MLB 15 0 15.0 0 1 0 20 9 16 2 .259 99 12.0 5.4 1.2 9.6 47% .383 .310 1.93 4.50 6.60 89 3.75 80.0 0.3
2009 PIT MLB 73 0 67.3 1 4 0 69 22 47 11 .265 97 9.2 2.9 1.5 6.3 39% .283 .261 1.35 4.80 4.01 102 4.31 92.5 0.7
2010 ATL 0 28 0 36.7 3 2 0 40 12 29 6 .264 94 9.8 2.9 1.5 7.1 31% .298 .302 1.42 4.71 5.89 108 4.67 105.4 0.1
2010 KCA 0 23 0 26.0 2 3 0 29 11 16 5 .253 110 10.0 3.8 1.7 5.5 41% .279 .296 1.54 5.58 5.88 99 4.22 95.2 0.2
2011 KCA MLB 4 0 7.7 0 0 0 12 5 8 3 .245 106 14.1 5.9 3.5 9.4 58% .391 .358 2.22 8.01 10.57 66 2.55 59.2 0.2
2012 OAK 0 4 0 3.3 0 0 0 9 1 3 1 .265 99 24.3 2.7 2.7 8.1 44% .533 .444 3.00 6.94 18.90 86 2.41 55.2 0.1
2012 TOR 0 9 2 21.3 1 1 0 25 10 27 6 .264 105 10.5 4.2 2.5 11.4 37% .333 .320 1.64 5.85 8.44 95 3.55 81.3 0.3
2013 OAK MLB 35 0 57.3 2 4 1 50 20 55 3 .262 94 7.8 3.1 0.5 8.6 47% .281 .250 1.22 3.04 3.92 77 2.39 57.3 1.5
2014 OAK MLB 32 21 146.0 8 8 0 142 49 136 17 .263 95 8.8 3.0 1.0 8.4 43% .302 .271 1.31 3.92 3.45 94 3.35 82.1 2.6
2015 OAK MLB 30 26 157.0 7 15 1 164 48 136 18 .262 98 9.4 2.8 1.0 7.8 45% .312 .271 1.35 3.81 4.18 90 3.83 89.4 2.3
2016 LAN 0 23 0 25.7 1 0 0 28 8 21 3 .263 91 9.8 2.8 1.1 7.4 39% .325 .256 1.40 4.00 4.21 88 3.39 75.1 0.5
2016 TOR 0 39 0 41.3 1 2 0 43 10 42 9 .259 108 9.4 2.2 2.0 9.1 46% .309 .262 1.28 4.77 4.57 94 4.16 92.1 0.4
2017 ANA MLB 38 21 138.0 7 11 0 148 45 119 28 .264 102 9.7 2.9 1.8 7.8 42% .306 .275 1.40 5.07 5.35 105 5.42 115.3 0.1
2018 CHN 0 27 0 31.3 2 1 3 24 4 34 3 .268 100 6.9 1.1 0.9 9.8 38% .273 .192 0.89 2.57 1.44 84 3.13 70.0 0.6
2018 TEX 0 30 0 56.3 3 1 1 58 12 50 10 .263 108 9.3 1.9 1.6 8.0 45% .296 .248 1.24 4.34 3.51 82 3.20 71.6 1.1
2010 TOT MLB 51 0 62.7 5 5 0 69 23 45 11 .259 100 9.9 3.3 1.6 6.5 35% .290 .299 1.47 5.07 5.89 104 4.48 101.2 0.3
2012 TOT MLB 13 2 24.7 1 1 0 34 11 30 7 .264 104 12.4 4.0 2.6 10.9 38% .375 .341 1.82 6.00 9.85 93 3.39 77.8 0.4
2016 TOT MLB 62 0 67.0 2 2 0 71 18 63 12 .261 102 9.5 2.4 1.6 8.5 43% .316 .260 1.33 4.47 4.43 92 3.87 85.6 0.8
2018 TOT MLB 57 0 87.7 5 2 4 82 16 84 13 .265 105 8.4 1.6 1.3 8.6 43% .289 .229 1.12 3.71 2.77 83 3.17 71.0 1.8
CareerMLB41070830.338536861266739125.263999.32.91.48.043%.305.2711.364.324.49943.7985.912.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2003 SPO A- 17 8 55.3 2 2 1 63 31 48 5 .000 10.3 5.0 0.8 7.8 0% .345 .000 1.70 4.86 4.56 0 0.00 0.0
2004 CLN A 27 22 123.0 6 10 0 149 35 96 8 .000 10.9 2.6 0.6 7.0 0% .358 .000 1.50 3.68 4.68 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BAK A+ 11 0 24.3 0 0 2 16 9 31 2 .000 5.9 3.3 0.7 11.5 0% -.333 .000 1.03 3.48 2.22 0 0.00 0.0
2005 FRI AA 31 0 57.0 4 3 1 71 25 27 10 .266 76 11.2 3.9 1.6 4.3 48% .318 .295 1.68 6.02 5.68 131 12.52 129.9
2006 FRI AA 38 0 59.1 2 5 4 54 28 70 5 .264 77 8.2 4.3 0.8 10.7 55% .272 .231 1.39 3.52 4.42 79 1.71 87.7
2006 IND AAA 12 0 17.2 2 1 0 18 9 15 0 .255 90 9.4 4.7 0.0 7.8 45% .327 .265 1.57 2.90 4.19 107 4.93 107.4
2006 OKL AAA 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 .263 92 13.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 33% .500 .313 1.50 0.33 4.50 96 0.00 0.0
2007 IND AAA 46 1 80.3 3 3 2 94 17 65 4 .256 91 10.5 1.9 0.4 7.3 39% .331 .273 1.38 2.87 3.92 94 3.72 96.4
2007 PDD Wnt 11 0 12.0 1 2 0 20 4 9 0 .000 15.0 3.0 0.0 6.8 0% .435 .000 2.00 3.03 6.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 15 0 15.0 0 1 0 20 9 16 2 .259 99 12.0 5.4 1.2 9.6 47% .383 .310 1.93 4.50 6.60 89 3.75 80.0
2008 IND AAA 51 0 68.7 2 6 14 58 22 70 8 .261 84 7.6 2.9 1.0 9.2 42% .282 .239 1.16 3.75 3.80 85 1.90 41.6
2009 PIT MLB 73 0 67.3 1 4 0 69 22 47 11 .265 97 9.2 2.9 1.5 6.3 39% .283 .261 1.35 4.80 4.01 102 4.31 92.5
2010 ATL MLB 28 0 36.7 3 2 0 40 12 29 6 .264 94 9.8 2.9 1.5 7.1 31% .298 .302 1.42 4.71 5.89 108 4.67 105.4
2010 KCA MLB 23 0 26.0 2 3 0 29 11 16 5 .253 110 10.0 3.8 1.7 5.5 41% .279 .296 1.54 5.58 5.88 99 4.22 95.2
2011 KCA MLB 4 0 7.7 0 0 0 12 5 8 3 .245 106 14.1 5.9 3.5 9.4 58% .391 .358 2.22 8.01 10.57 66 2.55 59.2
2011 OMA AAA 45 0 57.7 2 4 16 63 16 54 6 .270 99 9.8 2.5 0.9 8.4 51% .329 .262 1.37 4.09 3.75 73 3.06 53.9
2011 CUL Wnt 17 0 16.0 0 1 1 19 4 21 2 .000 10.7 2.2 1.1 11.8 0% .395 .000 1.44 2.52 3.38 0 0.00 0.0
2012 OAK MLB 4 0 3.3 0 0 0 9 1 3 1 .265 99 24.3 2.7 2.7 8.1 44% .533 .444 3.00 6.94 18.90 86 2.41 55.2
2012 TOR MLB 9 2 21.3 1 1 0 25 10 27 6 .264 105 10.5 4.2 2.5 11.4 37% .333 .320 1.64 5.85 8.44 95 3.55 81.3
2012 LVG AAA 19 17 95.0 8 5 1 90 20 86 10 .271 108 8.5 1.9 0.9 8.1 48% .294 .228 1.16 3.88 3.98 75 1.68 32.2
2012 SAC AAA 2 1 10.0 0 0 1 8 2 9 0 .267 108 7.2 1.8 0.0 8.1 45% .276 .171 1.00 2.46 1.80 76 2.50 47.8
2013 OAK MLB 35 0 57.3 2 4 1 50 20 55 3 .262 94 7.8 3.1 0.5 8.6 47% .281 .250 1.22 3.04 3.92 77 2.39 57.3
2013 SAC AAA 5 5 30.0 2 2 0 35 5 26 1 .284 96 10.5 1.5 0.3 7.8 41% .351 .269 1.33 2.86 2.70 90 3.72 75.0
2014 OAK MLB 32 21 146.0 8 8 0 142 49 136 17 .263 95 8.8 3.0 1.0 8.4 43% .302 .271 1.31 3.92 3.45 94 3.35 82.1
2015 OAK MLB 30 26 157.0 7 15 1 164 48 136 18 .262 98 9.4 2.8 1.0 7.8 45% .312 .271 1.35 3.81 4.18 90 3.83 89.4
2016 LAN MLB 23 0 25.7 1 0 0 28 8 21 3 .263 91 9.8 2.8 1.1 7.4 39% .325 .256 1.40 4.00 4.21 88 3.39 75.1
2016 TOR MLB 39 0 41.3 1 2 0 43 10 42 9 .259 108 9.4 2.2 2.0 9.1 46% .309 .262 1.28 4.77 4.57 94 4.16 92.1
2017 ANA MLB 38 21 138.0 7 11 0 148 45 119 28 .264 102 9.7 2.9 1.8 7.8 42% .306 .275 1.40 5.07 5.35 105 5.42 115.3
2018 CHN MLB 27 0 31.3 2 1 3 24 4 34 3 .268 100 6.9 1.1 0.9 9.8 38% .273 .192 0.89 2.57 1.44 84 3.13 70.0
2018 TEX MLB 30 0 56.3 3 1 1 58 12 50 10 .263 108 9.3 1.9 1.6 8.0 45% .296 .248 1.24 4.34 3.51 82 3.20 71.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 267 0.5094 0.4644 0.7097 0.5956 0.3282 0.8765 0.3953 0.2903
2009 1022 0.5470 0.4932 0.7877 0.6619 0.2894 0.8216 0.6940 0.2123
2010 1015 0.4975 0.4739 0.7817 0.6614 0.2882 0.8413 0.6463 0.2183
2011 158 0.5063 0.4494 0.7183 0.7250 0.1667 0.7414 0.6154 0.2817
2012 468 0.5342 0.4530 0.7453 0.6120 0.2706 0.7974 0.6102 0.2547
2013 936 0.5064 0.4594 0.7721 0.6160 0.2987 0.8219 0.6667 0.2279
2014 2387 0.5341 0.4437 0.7866 0.5867 0.2797 0.8516 0.6302 0.2134
2015 2560 0.4797 0.4352 0.7765 0.6270 0.2583 0.8312 0.6541 0.2235
2016 1115 0.4978 0.4915 0.7938 0.6775 0.3071 0.8511 0.6686 0.2062
2017 2291 0.4574 0.4391 0.7893 0.6565 0.2558 0.8372 0.6855 0.2107
2018 1368 0.5556 0.4854 0.7681 0.6461 0.2845 0.8045 0.6647 0.2319
Career135870.50560.45730.77890.63540.27640.83280.65370.2211

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-06-06 2013-06-13 DTD 7 6 Right Chest Strain Pectoral - -
2012-07-21 2012-07-30 Minors 9 9 Left Ankle Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 TEX $1,000,000
2017 ANA $5,750,000
2016 TOR $4,000,000
2015 OAK $2,150,000
2014 OAK $775,000
2013 OAK $
2010 ATL $415,000
2009 PIT $402,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$13,492,000
2018Current$1,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$14,492,000
8 yrTotal$14,492,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 108 dSosnick Cobbe & Karon1 year/$1M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2018). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/21/18. Salary increases $0.5M to $1.5M when added to active 25-man roster. Performance bonuses as starter ($1M) and reliever ($0.5M). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Texas 7/19/18 with $588,709 remaining on contract.
  • 1 year/$5.75M (2017). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 11/11/16. May earn additional $3M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$4M (2016). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Oakland 11/20/15. Won arbitration with Oakland 2/6/16 ($4M-$3.6M). Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Toronto 8/1/16 with $1,355,191 remaining on contract and Blue Jays paying Dodgers $1.15M as part of the deal.
  • 1 year/$2.15M (2015). Re-signed by Oakland 1/12/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 1/7/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Oakland 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Toronto as a free agent (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 5/27/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 8/6/12. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Toronto (for cash) 8/24/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/11. Claimed by Toronto off waivers 10/20/11 after being DFA by Kansas City 10/11/11. DFA by Toronto 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2010). Signed by Atlanta 2/24/10. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Atlanta 7/31/10.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11/09. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Pittsburgh 11/3/09. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Tampa Bay 12/11/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 8/27/08.
  • Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Texas 7/31/06.
  • Drafted by Texas 2002 (42-1,252) (Riverside CC, Calif.).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.4 3.6 0 45 5 82.6 77 30 66 12 .274 1.31 4.33 4.18 8.2 0.9
80o 3.3 3.8 0 45 5 77.1 77 30 62 11 .286 1.39 4.71 4.58 5.4 0.6
70o 3.2 3.9 0 45 5 73.2 76 30 59 11 .295 1.45 5.00 4.87 3.5 0.4
60o 3.2 4 0 45 5 69.9 75 30 56 11 .303 1.50 5.25 5.12 1.7 0.2
50o 3.1 4.1 0 45 5 66.9 75 29 54 11 .310 1.55 5.49 5.36 0.1 0.0
40o 3.1 4.2 0 45 5 64.0 74 29 51 11 .317 1.61 5.73 5.6 -1.5 -0.2
30o 3 4.3 0 45 5 60.9 73 29 49 11 .325 1.66 5.99 5.86 -3.3 -0.4
20o 2.9 4.4 0 45 5 57.3 71 28 46 11 .334 1.73 6.29 6.17 -5.4 -0.6
10o 2.8 4.6 0 45 5 52.5 69 27 42 10 .346 1.84 6.72 6.6 -8.4 -0.9
Weighted Mean3.14.1045566.674295411.3081.545.465.330.30.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2019356814318136151541082543.3041.515.485.7010.03.67.11.7-0.1
202036560341410812043832043.3031.515.575.7910.03.66.91.7-0.2
202137560321310311443821843.3061.535.435.6510.03.87.21.6-0.1
20223855030139710839781743.3081.525.405.6210.13.67.31.6-0.0
2023394502611839234651543.3071.525.435.6510.03.77.11.6-0.0
2024404402410768531601443.3071.535.455.6710.13.77.11.7-0.1
202541340219687628531243.3071.545.505.7210.13.77.01.6-0.1
202642330177546122421043.3061.535.535.7510.13.67.01.7-0.1
202743330187566323431043.3071.545.565.7810.23.77.01.6-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Phil Niekro 1973 3.78
2 90 Gavin Floyd 2017 0.00 DNP
3 90 Kevin Millwood 2009 3.99
4 90 Esteban Loaiza 2006 5.35
5 89 Bartolo Colon 2007 6.61
6 89 Josh Beckett 2014 3.19
7 89 Hisashi Iwakuma 2015 3.68
8 89 Ryan Dempster 2011 4.94
9 89 Erik Bedard 2013 4.95
10 89 James Shields 2016 6.04
11 89 A.J. Burnett 2011 5.44
12 88 Jason Hammel 2017 5.44
13 88 Dustin Hermanson 2007 0.00 DNP
14 88 Ricky Nolasco 2017 5.07
15 88 Ron Reed 1977 2.97
16 88 J.A. Happ 2017 3.96
17 88 Jason Vargas 2017 4.21
18 88 Mike Garcia 1958 11.25
19 87 Jose Contreras 2006 4.59
20 87 Wandy Rodriguez 2013 3.73
21 87 Vicente Padilla 2012 4.68
22 87 Johan Santana 2013 0.00 DNP
23 87 Bruce Hurst 1992 3.98
24 87 Vic Raschi 1953 3.48
25 86 Jake Peavy 2015 3.66
26 86 Jorge De La Rosa 2015 4.41
27 86 Ben Sheets 2013 0.00 DNP
28 86 Ted Lilly 2010 3.86
29 86 Cory Lidle 2006 5.27
30 86 John Lackey 2013 3.76
31 85 Kyle Lohse 2013 3.53
32 85 Barry Zito 2012 4.44
33 85 Connie Johnson 1957 3.46
34 85 Jack Morris 1989 5.39
35 85 Bob Rush 1960 5.83
36 85 Bert Blyleven 1985 3.71
37 85 Javier Vazquez 2011 4.25
38 85 Bryn Smith 1990 5.09
39 85 Steve Carlton 1979 4.02
40 84 Jarrod Washburn 2009 3.94
41 84 Mark Langston 1995 4.90
42 84 Mark Hendrickson 2008 5.86
43 84 Bronson Arroyo 2011 5.38
44 84 Kevin Gross 1995 6.08
45 84 Mike Cuellar 1971 3.42
46 84 Wilbur Wood 1976 3.83
47 84 Freddy Garcia 2011 3.87
48 84 Doug Drabek 1997 5.79
49 84 Frank Tanana 1988 4.66
50 84 Chris Capuano 2013 4.85
51 83 CC Sabathia 2015 4.89
52 83 Roy Oswalt 2012 6.25
53 83 Brian Tallet 2012 0.00 DNP
54 83 Alfredo Simon 2015 5.40
55 83 Jake Westbrook 2012 4.38
56 83 Glendon Rusch 2009 7.23
57 83 Juan Marichal 1972 4.47
58 83 Jeff Fassero 1997 4.15
59 83 Bob Friend 1965 3.37
60 83 Bobby Shantz 1960 3.19
61 83 Doug Davis 2010 8.45
62 83 John Burkett 1999 5.80
63 83 Chuck Finley 1997 4.34
64 83 Luis Tiant 1975 4.36 DNP
65 82 Joe Dobson 1951 4.64
66 82 Brad Radke 2007 0.00 DNP
67 82 Stan Williams 1971 4.67
68 82 Tim Stauffer 2016 0.00 DNP
69 82 Jim Bunning 1966 2.61
70 82 Whitey Ford 1963 3.11
71 82 Tom Candiotti 1992 3.45
72 82 Don Sutton 1979 4.34
73 82 Larry Jansen 1955 0.00 DNP
74 82 Joel Pineiro 2013 0.00 DNP
75 82 Mark Redman 2008 7.94
76 82 John Smiley 1999 0.00 DNP
77 82 Randy Wolf 2011 4.03
78 82 Jeremy Guthrie 2013 4.17
79 82 Pat Dobson 1976 4.06
80 81 Colby Lewis 2014 5.65
81 81 John Thomson 2008 0.00 DNP
82 81 Chad Durbin 2012 3.69
83 81 Ted Higuera 1992 0.00 DNP
84 81 John Halama 2006 6.44
85 81 Dave Hillman 1962 7.45 DNP
86 81 Jason Johnson 2008 5.83
87 81 Frank Lary 1964 5.65
88 81 Ervin Santana 2017 3.62
89 81 Jon Lieber 2004 4.84
90 81 Bob Shaw 1967 5.21
91 81 Matt Morris 2009 0.00 DNP
92 81 Brad Penny 2012 7.07
93 81 Orlando Hernandez 2000 4.78
94 81 Don Mossi 1963 4.18
95 81 Gil Heredia 2000 4.80
96 81 Carlos Torres 2017 4.58
97 80 Carl Pavano 2010 3.79
98 80 Jerome Williams 2016 8.31
99 80 Kris Benson 2009 9.27
100 80 Steve Ontiveros 1995 5.21

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .284 .345 .442 .284
11 vs R (Multi) .248 .296 .396 .250
18 Split (Multi) .036 .049 .046 .034
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .307 .381 .455 .285
31 vs R (2016) .250 .284 .456 .243
38 Split (2016) .057 .097 -.001 .043
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Innings are important―even at a league-average (or thereabout) rate. Chavez can give you those, either in the rotation or from the bullpen. He didn't start a game in 2016 after beginning 47 the previous two seasons, and became more of a two-pitch guy as a result, leaning on his four-seamer and cutter. That alteration wasn't enough to improve his performance, as his DRA and cFIP both continued their slow creep in the wrong direction. Chavez registered a four-plus ERA as a reliever in both Toronto and Los Angeles, so he should fit slide seamlessly into the Angels rotation.
2016 Chavez, who is built like a quart carton of milk, has an expiration date of June 21st. His ERA over the last two years through then is 2.62 in 171 innings; opponents hit .237 against him. After that date his ERA is 5.41, with opponents adding 52 points of batting average and 125 points of slugging. He ended 2014 in the bullpen and last year on the disabled list thanks to a non-displaced fracture in his ribs on the right side. Nobody seems to know how the injury happened, but given that he had never worked more than 123 innings in any of his 11 seasons preceding 2014, maybe his body can't bear the burden of being a full-time starter. The Blue Jays presumably did not trade Liam Hendriks for Chavez just to put him in the bullpen, though.
2015 Chavez's conversion from reliever to starter was just another example of the A's parlaying their organizational depth. He was a logical choice to fill one of the injury-induced holes in the rotation, with a legit four-pitch mix that allowed for a smooth transition without any drastic change to his approach. The rub was that he could not hold the spot for the full season without an unsafe jump in innings pitched, a factor that played a role in the A's midseason trade flurry that put starting pitching at a premium. The league also knocked him around in the dog days: In his last six starts, he posted an ERA of 5.51. Chavez shifted back to the bullpen in early August and the A's effectively shut him down in September, but the final tally was still 23 more innings than he had ever thrown in a season of pro baseball.
2014 Chavez is the rare pitcher whose performance and fastball velocity show an inverse correlation. Once a flamethrower who routinely pumped gas at 95-plus mph, Chavez has expanded his arsenal as the pitch has lost a couple of ticks. He has ramped up the use of his slow curve from a bit role in 2010 to a major portion of his arsenal while essentially eliminating the hard slider of old, but the most dramatic change is the addition of a 90 mph cutter that Chavez went to 42 percent of the time in 2013. The most glaring statistical impact of his altered approach has been realized on contact, as the pitcher who served up 34 homers in 177 innings entering 2013 allowed just three last season. There is a lot of lean in the right-hander's delivery, which is the only thing standing between him and a sidearm slot.
2013 The hard-throwing right-hander keeps getting chances thanks to a fastball that averages 95 mph, but he is currently on a three-year run of sub-replacement-level performance. He has a horrific tendency toward the long ball, and the control that he displayed in the minors has yet to materialize at the highest level. With a lifetime ERA of 5.99 over 177 innings, Chavez's career is hanging by a thread, and the few innings that he was allotted in Oakland did little to support the notion that the 29-year-old has a major-league future.
2012 Chavez tagged along in the deal that netted the Royals Tim Collins in exchange for Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel at the 2010 trade deadline. The Royals have this habit of stashing fringe pitchers in Triple-A; the guys pitch moderately well there, then crash and burn when promoted to the big club. Chavez appeared in just four games for the Royals, but the carnage that ensued convinced the KC decision-makers not to try that again. They put him on the waiver wire and his sixth organization, the Blue Jays, snagged him. In December he was outrighted to Triple-A.
2011 One of the more baffling things Bobby Cox did in his final year as manager was go to Chavez in relief 28 times before the trade deadline. Chavez was much worse than his ERA in 2009, when he posted a replacement-level WXRL over a full season's worth of innings. He was Atlanta's worst reliever, partially a byproduct of the Braves' strong pen, partially a reflection of the fact that Chavez is not a good pitcher. He has a mid-90s fastball that nets a below-average rate of whiffs, and neither his change nor slider is good enough to compensate for that lack of swings and misses. The deal that brought Chavez as part of the return for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth was nevertheless worthwhile, as it netted prospect Tim Collins for a couple of nonentities; having to use Chavez was merely one additional cost, the spoonful of medicine that helped the sugar go down.
2010 Russell lobbied hard for Chavez to be on the Pirates' Opening Day roster last season, even though the rail-thin right-hander had a miserable spring training. To some extent, the skipper made the right call, as Chavez had an adequate first full season in the majors in a low-leverage role. Chavez is aggressive with a 95 mph fastball, and complements it with a solid changeup, although sometimes he gets too aggressive and leaves pitches out over the middle of the plate. Traded twice over the winter (to the Rays for Iwamura, then to the Braves for Soriano), he'll be a live arm trying to get Bobby Cox's attention in camp.
2009 Chavez is a slender late-round draft pick by the Rangers who was shipped to the Pirates in that rather forgettable trading deadline deal for Kip Wells in 2006. He's interesting nonetheless because he throws very hard and has a decent slider, your classic reliever's assortment, the difference between his being just another arm and his status as a fringe prospect.
2008 Jesse Chavez throws hard for a little guy, but as with many hard throwers, he doesn't always know where the ball is going.

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2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)The A's have really gotten a chance to explore their rotation depth this season. Of Kendall Graveman, Jesse Chavez, Sean Nolin, Aaron Brooks, and Felix Doubront, are any more than rotation filler? Right now, in my mind, only Sonny Gray and Chris Bassitt have rotation spots locked down for next season. Jesse Hahn, A.J. Griffin, and Jarrod Parker all seem at varying points of a career ending injury trajectory.
(Jeff from San Francisco)
I wan'ted to buy into Sean Nolin but I don't think any of those guys are much more than rotation filler. Billy Beane will have to get pretty creative next year to plug those rotation spots. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's are 41-50, 8 games out of a playoff spot, and with every AL team in front of them. Yet, Billy Beane hasn't deal Ben Zobrist, Tyler Clippard, Scott Kazmir, or Jesse Chavez. At some point, isn't waiting going to reduce their trade value since there are less games for them to help?
(Paul from San Diego)
This could be just me, but I feel like the A's feel like with that run differential, they're due to get back in this race. The division is extremely flawed, so I sort of understand this thinking, but there's just too many teams to jump over now. The overall point is correct though, the longer they hold on, the more the value drops. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of return should the A's look for if they decide to deal Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez?
(John from Danville)
I don't think the Chavez deal will bring a lot in return. Kazmir is the guy that can bring some pieces back but we'll have to wait and see if he's healthy. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the A's rotation sorting itself out? Who gets the last two slots between Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Chris Bassitt?
(Dan from San Francisco)
I would give the leads to Hahn and Nolin, though I could see Nolin getting beat out by one of the last two during camp. The A's know that they need to monitor Chavez's innings, so I think that it makes sense to keep him in a swingman role until the need arises. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see the A's rotation battle sorting out between Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Chris Bassitt?
(Dave from Chicago)
I'll bet they all end up starting at some point. The A's have two guys penciled in right (Gray and Kazmir)? That leaves these six guys for four spots, but only eight total starters. Most teams use at least eight starters over the course of a year, if not more. I don't know who will get the first shot out of spring training, but it doesn't matter much. You'll be glad to have this kind of depth at some point in July or August. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Nick Franklin after the trade? How do you value him and Wilmer Flores now, and if Jesse Chavez moves to the pen is he worth dropping in deep fantasy leagues
(Dale from Detroit)
This is a big help for Franklin, obviously, though he's still going to have to earn his playing time. I'd rank him above Flores, who I don't hate. Yes, Chavez is worth dropping in 16-or fewer-team leagues. Hold on to him in super deep, but that IP count is scary. (Ben Carsley)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are few guys you'd be buying/selling right now?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I guess I don't necessarily keep a list like this lying around, but off the top of my head...

I'm selling: Jesse Chavez, Chase Whitley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Gordon Beckham

I'm buying: Kole Calhoun, Ian Kennedy, Joey Votto, Michael Brantley, Will Smith (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)I’m having a hard time figuring out Ozuna. Is this the type of production we can continue to expect, particularly with HRs and RBI’s? In a dynasty league, would you trade him for Jesse Chavez if they both have the same price?
(Steve from Chicago)
I'm not a believer in Jesse Chavez. I do think that Ozuna is someone you can reasonably sell. He's young enough and has performed enough to have legitimate value, but I'm not sure he hits for enough average to matter down the road. He hits too many ground balls and has a questionable approach, not to mention he struggles to reach .300 with the OBP, which could eventually remove him from the everyday role in the outfield. I have no problem selling on Ozuna. I'd just look for something better than Chavez. (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Is Jesse Chavez turning into a pumpkin?
(SK from Boston)
Pumpkin is strong, but he's do for some regression, yeah. The A's work magic with pitchers, but there wasn't a ton of underlying skill there to begin with. No. 4 starter for me. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Jesse Chavez? Can he hold up for a full season? Do teams figure him out now that they've seen him pitch a few times?
(Ezra from DC)
His repertoire is varied and the individual pitches are enough to keep confusing batters through summer. His sinker has good down-um on it and his change up features late fade, while his curve has earned some confused looks from opposing hitters. Throw in the cutter and basically everything he throws has a tendency to dip, dart, duck, dive, and dodge. He is certain to regress a bit and the A's might be careful with his workloads as Chavez transitions from the bullpen, but the talent is legit.

On the jukebox: Green Day, "When I Come Around" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug, a follow-up on Jesse Chavez please: Do you know if he changed something in his mechanics, his repertoire, or both? Because wow, he used to be a guy who fooled virtually nobody. Pitchers don't often break out at 30 years old.
(Chris from KC)
His repertoire was expansive in the past, much more so than your typical reliever, with four legit pitches on display and a fastball that is never straight. He has upped the ante on his change this season and the pitch has been unhittable, and I think that the advancement of el cambio takes much of the credit for his success in 2014.

On the jukebox: Black Sabbath, "Electric Funeral" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team dynasty league. Currently sitting with Fister and Iwakuma on the DL, anticipating their return in the coming weeks. I've been filling in starts, rather successfully, with Jesse Chavez and Travis Wood. Do you feel like either of them are going to be worth holding a roster spot for the rest of the season?
(NervousHabits from PGH)
I could definitely see both staying effective enough to maintain consideration. I really like what I've seen from Chavez thus far. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Paul.Been a great fan of yours for a few years now.Was able to get Jesse Chavez late in our draft and think he can be a good starter.A mid 3 e.r.a is perfectly realistic.The stuff is good enough and most guys will underestimate pitching IQ .What happens when Griffin comes back ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
I've become a Chavez believer. Milone loses his spot for AJ. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jesse Chavez's success as a starter will continue? Why was he not used as a starter before? I mean, he's 30 heard old.
(cracker73 from Florida)
Baseball is a funny game, but I'm not buying that Chavez can maintain this run of success. If the A's found something to change so that they could coax this type of performance out of him -- even if only for a very brief moment in time -- then kudos to them.

He started out his career as a starter but was moved to the bullpen over durability concerns; sometimes when players get placed in a role, it's hard for an organization to pull them out of it, particularly when he's been bouncing around for a while. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your assessment of Jesse Chavez and how successful will his transition be from the pen to the rotation? I liked what I saw vs Seattle.
(Tom Morello from Asbury Park)
I like Chavez. He has a sound delivery, though he tends to get some more lean/tilt on the curveball in order to raise his arm slot (his natural slow is quite low). His stuff is underwhelming yet effective, and I think that he can be a valuable cog in an A's rotation that needs innings, though his overall workload could be limited.

On the jukebox: Ozzy Osbourne, "Over the Mountain" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pomeranz, can he be a factor in the As rotation this year? Can their player development people and that park reverse the damage done to him in COL?
(James from Houston)
The can develop him, yes, but it looks like they are more confident in converted RP Jesse Chavez. He's not a bad spec pick late in AL-onlys, but I wouldn't get too nuts. (Paul Sporer)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)What should the Braves do with Kenshin Kawakami? He's pitched 1 inning since June 26, yet he's still on the active roster.
(Brent from Raleigh)
Having ditched the execrable Jesse Chavez, I don't see a problem with holding onto him as the token 12th pitcher, and insurance against an injury in the rotation. This thing isn't won yet, after all. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-30 16:30:00Twins/White Sox Play-In GameThe Brewers were given a huge assist by John Russell refusing to use his best reliever, Capps, except in a save situation, and instead going to guys like T.J. Beam and Jesse Chavez. (Caleb Peiffer)
 

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