Jesse Chavez, Relief Pitcher, Los Angeles Angels, #40
Date of Birth: 8/21/1983
Birthplace: Victorville, California
College: Riverside Community College
Jesse Chavez, relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was first drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2002 but he only pitched in their minor league system. At the end of July, 2006, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He continued to play in the minor leagues through part of 2009, pitching for the Pirates in 15 games in 2008 and as a relief pitcher in 73 games in 2009.
In November, 2009, Chavez was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays and a month later, they traded him to the Atlanta Braves. After 28 games as a relief pitcher with the Braves in 2010, they traded him to the Kansas City Royals. Chavez finished the 2010 season with a 5-5 record and a 5.89 ERA.
Chavez didn't play for long with the Royals, pitching for them in 23 games in 2010 but just 4 games in 2011. In October, 2011, he was designated for assignment. Ten days later, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed him off waivers. However, he didn't last long with the Blue Jays, either. After just nine games with them in 2012, they traded him to the Oakland Athletics.
Chavez pitched in just four games with the Athletics in 2012 and he finished the season with a dismal 9.85 ERA. In 2013, he pitched out of Oakland's bullpen, playing in 35 games and finishing the season with 2 wins to 4 losses, 1 save, and a 3.92 ERA. He finished the 2014 season with an 8-8 record, 136 strikeouts to 49 walks, and a 3.45 ERA in 146.0 innings in 32 games.
Chavez and the Athletics agreed to a one-year, $2.15 million contract on January 12, 2015. He spent time on the DL in September, 2015, with a rib fracture. He finished the season with a 7-15 record, 136 strikeouts to 48 walks, and a 4.18 ERA in 157.0 innings in 30 games.
Chavez was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on November 20, 2015. The Blue Jays traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 1, 2016. He was a relief pitcher in 2016 with both teams. He finished the season with a 4.43 ERA and 63 strikeouts to 18 walks in 39 games with the Blue Jays and 23 games with the Dodgers. He did not pitch in the postseason.
Chavez signed a one-year contract with the Angels on November 14, 2016. He pitched in 21 games as a starter and 17 games as a reliever with the Angels in 2017. He had 7 wins and 11 losses, 119 strikeouts to 45 walks, and a 5.35 ERA in 138.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Chavez through 2017 include:
- 353 games played
- 742.2 innings pitched
- 33-51 win-loss record
- 655 strikeouts to 250 walks
- 4.69 ERA