Jesse Chavez
Jesse Chavez
37-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Chavez filled a number of roles in his first full season with Texas, functioning at various points in the campaign as a traditional starter, an opener and a reliever. He thrived in four appearances as an opener, holding opponents scoreless over 6.2 innings, but faltered with a 7.71 ERA over 23.1 frames as a starter. The right-hander wasn't particularly effective in his primary role as a reliever, either, yielding a 4.13 ERA and .277 BAA. Chavez utilizes a five-pitch arsenal, but he doesn't throw very hard -- his fastest pitch, a sinker, clocks in at around 91 mph -- which limits his strikeout ability (21.4 K% last season). Chavez developed a right elbow impingement in August that prematurely ended his campaign, but he should be ready to pitch by spring training. Nonetheless, he's unlikely to get another shot in the starting rotation and doesn't put up relief numbers worthy of a roster spot on most fantasy squads. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Rangers in November of 2018.
Returns from IL
PTexas Rangers
September 6, 2020
Chavez (toe) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
ANALYSIS
Chavez will take the roster spot of Joely Rodriguez (hamstring), who is done for the season. While Chavez was decent enough last year, he has struggled to an 8.74 ERA and 1.68 WHIP through 12 appearances this season, blowing three leads along the way. The 37-year-old is in the final year of his contract and this may be it for his major-league career.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Jesse Chavez generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-39%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2018
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .241 302 70 19 66 14 0 8
Since 2018vs Right .264 485 106 27 120 19 3 23
2020vs Left .231 32 5 3 6 3 0 0
2020vs Right .378 41 7 4 14 0 0 6
2019vs Left .248 142 34 8 32 7 0 4
2019vs Right .281 195 38 14 50 13 2 8
2018vs Left .235 128 31 8 28 4 0 4
2018vs Right .234 249 61 9 56 6 1 9
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-52%
ERA on Road
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-54%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.05 1.23 92.2 4 3 3 7.6 1.6 1.9
Since 2018Away 2.79 1.22 96.2 4 4 3 9.1 2.8 1.0
2020Home 7.27 1.50 8.2 0 0 0 6.2 4.2 2.1
2020Away 7.36 1.91 7.1 0 0 0 7.4 3.7 4.9
2019Home 6.82 1.43 34.1 0 2 1 6.0 1.8 2.4
2019Away 3.30 1.26 43.2 3 3 0 10.1 3.1 0.6
2018Home 3.44 1.05 49.2 4 1 2 8.9 0.9 1.6
2018Away 1.58 1.07 45.2 1 1 3 8.5 2.4 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Jesse Chavez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.86
 
K/9
6.9
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
3.2
 
Fastball
91.0 mph
 
ERA
6.88
 
WHIP
1.59
 
BABIP
.286
 
GB/FB
1.35
 
Left On Base
75.3%
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.9%
 
Spin Rate
2164 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
4.8%
 
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Chavez started 21 games in 38 appearances in 2017 but worked exclusively as a reliever in 2018. The veteran posted his best K/9 since 2012 and his best-ever marks in BB/9 and ERA while becoming one of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's most trusted bullpen arms, thanks to a May change in his arm slot that helped his velocity and release point. He experienced the standard velocity bump that comes with shifting to the bullpen, and focused on his sinker and a cutter that allowed the lowest opponents' wOBA (.175) of its class in the majors. The 35-year-old will likely maintain a similar middle-relief role after signing with the Rangers in the offseason. It's not an ideal landing spot, and Chavez still doesn't strike out enough batters to register on most draft radars without save chances, but he's very much in the mix for AL-only after his 2018 revival.
Chavez was brought in to fill out of the Angels' rotation last season, but he struggled to a 5.24 ERA across 21 starts before ultimately being shifted to a relief role at the beginning of August. He didn't fare much better out of the team's bullpen, registering a 5.84 ERA across 24.2 relief innings, though he did fan 33 batters over that stretch (12.0 K/9). Chavez benefited from pitching half of his games in pitcher-friendly Angel Stadium -- posting a 3.80 ERA -- but his 6.88 mark away from home led him to an overall ERA of 5.35 for the season. The veteran right-hander once again struggled with homers (1.8 HR/9), which is something that could get worse in a less favorable environment. Given the 34-year-old couldn't hold down a rotation spot with the pitching-starved Angels, it's hard to see him returning to a starting role in 2018 regardless of where he winds up, which likely leaves him off the fantasy radar in most formats.
The Angels bought low on Chavez to fill out their pitching staff as they try to navigate what will probably be a difficult year, giving the veteran a one-year, $5.75 million deal early in the offseason. After spending 2014 and 2015 working mostly as a starter for Oakland, Chavez didn't start a single game in 2016 between Toronto and Los Angeles. The results in the bullpen were less than encouraging. While he saw a tick up in velocity and strikeout-to-walk ratio, he still posted a 4.43 ERA and 4.49 FIP in 67 total innings. That resulted in the Dodgers leaving him off their playoff roster, and although he will get a chance to return to a starting role in Anaheim, Chavez will need to hold his own to keep a rotation spot all year. At least the spacious home park should help some with his home run issues.
After a strong 2014 campaign, Chavez lost a spring competition for the fifth spot in the A's rotation, but quickly worked his way back into the rotation by late April and ended up making 26 starts. Chavez came out of the gates strong, posting a 2.75 ERA over his first 11 starts. However, for the second year in a row, Chavez faded in the second half, throwing up a brutal 5.86 ERA over his final 15 starts before his season ended due to a rib fracture in September. Chavez struggled away from the spacious O.co Coliseum with a 4.92 road ERA that was damaged by a 66 percent strand rate. Acquired by the Blue Jays during the offseason, Chavez will be difficult to use in his home starts with Toronto, but he may end up in a similar swingman role if he fails to secure a starting job this spring.
Chavez was inserted into the rotation to begin the season for the A's due to injuries to a few of the team's other pitchers. He responded to the role exceptionally well, putting up a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts with nearly a strikeout per inning (8.5 K/9). After the A's acquired upgrades for the rotation prior to the trade deadline, Chavez was moved to the bullpen to minimize his workload and to accommodate Jon Lester. Chavez was effective in the move to the bullpen, compiling a 3.54 ERA over 20.1 relief innings. His role to begin 2015 will likely depend on the health of A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker, but his success as a starter in 2014 may afford him another shot at the rotation in 2015, especially to start the year with two key cogs coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Chavez carved out a role for himself as a middle reliever in the A's bullpen in 2013. Chavez was able to limit the long ball (only three in 57.1 innings) which was his major issue during his previous short stints in the majors and throughout his career in the minors. Most likely, he'll continue to see low-leverage opportunities in Oakland, but Chavez strikes out nearly a batter per inning and should reprise his role in the A's bullpen in 2014.
Chavez wasn't faring very well in Atlanta before coming to Kansas City in a trade last season, and the trend continued once he donned Royals colors. The main reason behind the dip in production was a decreased strand rate. In 2009, he left 77 percent of inherited runners on base en route to a career-low 4.10 ERA. Last season, Chavez kept only 63 percent of inherited runners from crossing home. His walk rate also increased as did his BABIP. He's a decent bounceback candidate, but there's plenty of risk and little reward here as Chavez isn't high on the pecking order to receive saves should Joakim Soria go down or be moved.
Chavez will join the Braves' bullpen after he was the return from Tampa Bay for Rafael Soriano in December. There, he will likely be used in middle relief since he's shown the ability to get out left-handed hitters, so a specialist role may be on tap. Billy Wagner will likely enter the season as the closer for the Braves; so though Chavez's fantasy value will be minimal at the beginning of the season, he could work his way up the bullpen pecking chart if the oft-injured Wagner is forced to miss any action.
Chavez gained his first taste of the big leagues last year, throwing in a team-high 15 games in the month of September. The results were nothing extraordinary. Chavez went 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and an opponent's batting average of .328. Still, with just a 15-inning sample size there's plenty of reason to expect improvement from the hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander. Chavez saved 14 games for Triple-A Indianapolis, registering a 3.80 ERA and a 70:22 K:BB ratio in 68.2 innings. With any luck, Chavez could become a productive seventh or eighth reliever for the Bucs in 2009.
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Placed on injured list
PTexas Rangers
Toe
August 24, 2020
Chavez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left big toe sprain, retroactive to Aug. 23.
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Blows save
PTexas Rangers
August 21, 2020
Chavez allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning and blew his third save of the season in Thursday's 8-7 loss to the Padres.
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Good to go
PTexas Rangers
June 24, 2020
Chavez (elbow) is expected to be ready for Opening Day, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Mid-May return projected
PTexas Rangers
Elbow
April 6, 2020
Chavez (elbow) is starting a throwing program designed to have him pitching off a mound by mid-May, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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To open on injured list
PTexas Rangers
Elbow
March 11, 2020
Chavez (elbow) will open the season on the injured list, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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