Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chacin: Invitee to indispensable?

MLB.com's Doug Miller throws together a list of players who could go from non-roster invitees to indispensable cogs in the team's...wheel (right metaphor?).

And Gustavo Chacin makes that list:

In 2005, while with the Blue Jays, Chacin finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting after going 13-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 203 innings at the age of 24. He wore glasses on the mound. He had style. Injuries and eventual shoulder surgery in 2007 slowed him down, but he re-emerged in the Phillies organization in 2009 and was healthy enough to pitch 115 1/3 respectable innings, carving out a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts.


Peanut said...

And earlier this morning McTaggart tweeted:

Gustavo Chacin, who will be in Astros camp, gave up 5 hits & fanned 6 in 7 innings Thu. in championship series of Venezuelan Winter League


OremLK said...

I don't buy it. Chacin doesn't strike out many, walks batters too much, and has a below-average groundball rate. He could probably fit into the #5 starter role on a team with less pitching depth--like, maybe, the Brewers--but I just don't see him as more than AAA depth on the Astros.

Peanut said...

I'm not terribly optimistic on his chances as a starter, but he could be an effective reliever. Crawfish Boxes had a good post here detailing why he might be particularly effective as a LOOGY. Not exactly what you'd call an "impact" player, but a guy you love to have available in tight spots. He's quality depth if Byrdak gets hurt or is ineffective.

OremLK said...

Yeah, that's a fair point, Peanut. I could see him helping out in the bullpen, I just don't see him as being anywhere close to indispensable, or making the rotation.