With Better Pitch Sequencing, Jhoulys Chacin Might Be Biggest Steal of Offseason

You’re going to hear much more about the names at the top, but the real value will be found further on down the line. Buried deep in this year’s free agent pitching class is Jhoulys Chacin, a 29-year-old righty who might be one of the most underrated signings of the winter.

Of course, Chacin’s career numbers are average at best. In just over 1,000 innings, he’s logged 7.10 K/9 and 3.67 BB/9, both of which factor in a 3.93 ERA and 4.08 FIP. But most of his time was spent in the launchpad that is Coors Field, where he pitched for the Rockies from 2009-2014. That actually makes Chacin’s career 0.85 HR/9 look pretty good, and he was able to log his highest fWAR seasons — 2.0 (2011), 2.7 (2010), and 3.9 (2013) — in Denver.

Soon thereafter, though, the 6-foot-3 hurler succumbed to pectoral and shoulder injuries and didn’t pitch regularly again until 2016 with the Braves. The upper extremity maladies that haunted Chacin’s 2014 and 2015 seasons now seem to be part of his past, as he totaled 32 starts and 180.1 innings with the Padres last season and recorded a line — 3.89 ERA, 4.26 FIP and 2.3 fWAR …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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