The Southern League just released their Post-Season All-Star team, recognizing the best players throughout the season in the league. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos only had one representative on the team and it was closer Alejandro Chacin.
The 23-year-old reliever from Venezuela got out to a great start to the 2016 season. Chacin didn’t allow a run until the middle of May after starting the year with 14.1 shutout innings. After an outstanding start, he never really looked back. In four of the five months during the year the right hander posted an ERA under 2.00.
For the season, his statline stacks up with that of any reliever in the Southern League. Let’s take a look at how he’s performed:
Low ERA. Tons of saves. Fewer hits than innings. More strikeouts than innings pitched. All of those things are good to see. But let’s dig a little bit deeper.
The biggest issue with the numbers above is the walk rate for Alejandro Chacin. Overall on the season he’s got those 26 walks in 57.2 innings. That works out to be a 4.1 walks per 9 innings rate, or a 10.5% walk rate (walks/batters face). That rate is higher than you’d like to see. However, if we dive into the splits we can see a clear improvement over the course of the season.
Through the month of May he had 14 walks in 21.2 innings. Since then he has walked 12 batters in 36.0 innings. That’s a 14% walk rate dropping down to 8.1%. That’s a massive improvement.
Blake Trahan: Florida State League Player of the Week
The month of August got out to a bit of a rough start for Daytona infielder Blake Trahan. Over the first three weeks of August he hit just .244/.303/.341. All of that changed over the course of the last week. In eight games (there was a double header in there) the Tortugas shortstop hit .452/.471/.710. He showed off plenty of power, smacking three doubles, a triple and a home run. He also stole four bases on the week without being caught. The torrid week was enough to push his line in August to .301/.350/.442 and enough to earn him Player of the Week honors in the Florida State League.