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Jesse Chavez | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/21/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Jesse Chavez allowed just one unearned run over six innings of work in Wednesday's start against the Angels.
Chavez gave up only three hits and a walk while striking out six. He ends his spring having allowed eight earned runs over 22 innings (3.27 ERA) with an 18/5 K/BB ratio. As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, despite Chavez's productive Cactus League showing, he is headed to the bullpen. He hasn't yet been informed yet but said "the writing's on the wall". Apr 1 - 5:37 PM

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Jesse Chavez pitched well in Friday's Cactus League start against the Rockies, surrendering two runs on six hits over his four frames.

Chavez racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon without issuing a walk. He seems to be penciled into one of the final spots in the A's starting rotation to begin the season, though he faces stiff competition from Drew Pomeranz and Kendall Graveman.
Mar 21 - 2:25 PM

Jesse Chavez allowed two runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

Chavez struggled out of the gate, allowing both runs on a Casey McGehee double, but he settled down to limit the damage the rest of the way. The right-hander struck out four in the outing. Chavez fell out of favor down the stretch last season but has an inside track on a starting job, at least initially, this year.
Mar 14 - 7:15 PM

Jesse Chavez allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings in a win over the Giants in the Cactus League Wednesday.

Chavez struck out one batter on the afternoon. The 31-year-old thrived as a starter in the first half of 2014, posting a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts, but he faded down the stretch, was removed from the rotation after July and was scarcely used in September. Chavez has a chance to win a rotation spot this month, and in a young A's staff his starting experience could give him an edge.
Mar 4 - 6:52 PM

Athletics and RHP Jesse Chavez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.15 million contract.

Chavez was arbitration-eligible for the second time in his career. He posted a cool 3.45 ERA and 136/49 K/BB ratio in 146 innings (21 starts, 11 relief appearances) last season for the A's while earning $775,000. The 31-year-old right-hander is expected to open the 2015 campaign in a bullpen role.
Jan 12 - 12:42 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics considered removing Jason Hammel from the rotation before ultimately deciding to just skip his turn.

Hammel holds a disappointing 6.75 ERA over seven starts for the A's and will be available in relief until next week in Houston. If he pitches poorly again in that outing, Jesse Chavez or Drew Pomeranz could take his spot the next turn through the rotation.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Friday that Jesse Chavez has been moved back to the bullpen.

The 30-year-old gave the A's a tremendous boost over his first 21 starts, compiling a 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 119/41 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings. He'll function in a middle relief role for the A's while Jason Hammel maintains the final spot in the rotation.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 06:42:00 PM

The Athletics are expected to keep Jason Hammel in their rotation over Jesse Chavez.

Hammel has a 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts with Oakland, but the A's think he's capable of turning things around. Chavez boasts a 3.44 ERA and 119/41 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings this season, but he's struggled in July and could be tiring after years of pitching mostly as a reliever. The 30-year-old can be dropped in mixed leagues.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Jesse Chavez was roughed up by the Astros on Monday, allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings to fall to 8-7.

Chavez has been blessed with an easy schedule lately, but he hasn't capitalized, giving up 11 runs in 16 2/3 innings in two starts against the Astros and one versus the Mariners. He's one start away from surpassing his career high in innings, and the anticipated trip to the bullpen might come sooner rather than later. If so, the A's would turn to Tommy Milone or Drew Pomeranz in his place.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 11:54:00 PM

Jesse Chavez got back in the win column by allowing two earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a 9-7 victory over the Astros.

He struck out seven and walked two. Chavez has issued at least two free passes in six straight starts. The excess base runners have been an issue, but Chavez has done a good job in recent starts minimizing damage. He entered this game with a 4.32 July ERA despite a 1.80 WHIP in those three outings. Now 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA, Chavez has a rematch with Brad Peacock scheduled for Monday.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 01:51:00 AM

Jesse Chavez yielded three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

Chavez will head into the All-Star break with just one quality start in his last four tries, and he's rapidly approaching his career high for innings. We expect that the A's will sent him to the bullpen at some point, though it doesn't figure to happen immediately after the break.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 12:59:00 AM

Jesse Chavez worked six shutout innings, striking out nine, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

Chavez scattered four hits and walked two to win his first outing since June 15, and just his third since May 19. The right-hander boated a 2.78 ERA at the end of May, but he'd gone just 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts since the beginning of June prior to tonight. He gave up a fluky .340 BABIP during that stretch, though his 28/14 K/BB rate in 35 innings was asking for trouble. Having improved to 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, Chavez is scheduled to start Saturday in Seattle.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 01:22:00 AM

Jesse Chavez surrendered five earned runs over five innings Wednesday in the A's loss to the Tigers.

It was the second straight rough outing for Chavez, who yielded five runs in six innings last Friday against the Marlins. He gave up eight hits and walked four on Wednesday afternoon in Detroit as the A's suffered their third series sweep of the season. Chavez is 6-5 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the year.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Jesse Chavez lasted six innings and allowed five runs in a 9-5 no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

In a somewhat perplexing outing, Chavez was cruising up 4-0 until the sixth inning, when he allowed all five of the runs on his line. The Marlins only had one extra-base hit in the inning, but they strung together RBI by Garrett Jones, Marcel Ozuna, Donovan Solano, Jeff Mathis and Jeff Baker to put the A's in a 5-4 hole. Oakland later tied the game and took Chavez off the hook before scoring four in the ninth to win 9-5. Even with the rocky outing, Chavez still holds an ERA of 2.94. He will look to rebound against Detroit in his next start.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Jesse Chavez pitched seven scoreless innings in the A's victory over the Red Sox on Saturday.

Oakland wound up winning in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walkoff RBI single from Coco Crisp. Chavez held the Red Sox to three hits while fanning four. He ran into a few road bumps in late May and early June but has been dominant now in two straight outings. Chavez will carry a 2.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP into his next start at Miami.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 07:48:00 PM

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C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Cody Ross
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
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S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Sean Nolin
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez
7Evan Scribner
8R.J. Alvarez
9Taylor Thompson