Monday, August 01, 2016

Welcome to the Blue, Jesse Chavez!

The Dodgers are very busy today.

We have just gotten word of another Dodgers trade and this time they get a right-handed reliever to join the bullpen.  Per tweets from Ken Rosenthal and Joel Sherman, Southern California native Jesse Chavez is now be a Dodger.  Dodgers starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger will go to the Blue Jays.  Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
Chavez, who turns 33 on August 21, has a 1.28 WHIP and 4.57 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this year for Toronto. The previous two seasons, he pitched mostly as a starter for Oakland, with a 3.83 ERA from 2014-15.
Jesse was born in San Gabriel and went to AB Miller High School in Fontana.  He then played ball at Riverside Community College before being drafted by the Rangers in the 42nd round in 2002.  Per a Dodgers press release:
Chavez, 32, went 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in 39 games with the Blue Jays this year, while limiting right-handed hitters to a .245 batting average and posting a 4.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio (42 SO/10 BB). In nine big-league seasons with the Pirates (2008-09), Braves (2010), Royals (2010-11), Blue Jays (2012, ’16) and Athletics (2012-15), the San Gabriel, CA, native has gone 25-40 with two saves and a 4.55 ERA in 292 games (49 starts) after being selected by the Rangers in the 42nd round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Riverside Community College.
In celebration of Jesse coming to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy Baseball card of him.  I used a photo grabbed from Toronto Sun/AP Photo/Chris O'Meara and the 1983 Topps Baseball card design.

Below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:

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