Alejandro Chacin was a six-year free agent following the 2016 minor league season but has re-signed with the Cincinnati Reds according to Matt Eddy at Baseball America. During the 2016 campaign the Venezuelan right hander was dominant for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Alejandro Chacin racked up 30 saves on the season to go along with five wins and just two losses while posting a 1.78 ERA. In his 60.2 innings pitched he walked 26 batters (three were intentional walks) and  he had 75 strikeouts. To top off the statistical praise, he allowed just two home runs on the season and had a ground ball rate of 50% on the season.

He originally signed with the organization in February of 2010 as a 16-year-old. He would make his professional debut later that year in the now defunct Venezuelan Summer Leauge where he posted a 1.53 ERA. That performance earned him a promotion to the United States the next season as an 18-year-old where he dominated once again for the organization, posting a 1.23 ERA in 22.0 innings for the Arizona League Reds.

He made his way through Billings, Dayton and Daytona over the next four seasons, posting ERA’s of 3.41, 2.91, 2.35 and 3.33 along the way before spending all of 2016 in Double-A Pensacola serving as the closer. In his career he’s posted a 2.44 ERA in 328.1 innings with 138 walks and 395 strikeouts.

Alejandro Chacin will still be eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft if he isn’t added to the 40-man roster later in the offseason. His case will be interesting to see. He’s been dominant from a numbers standpoint throughout his career out of the bullpen and he’s had big time success at the Double-A level. At the same time he’s not a big pure stuff pitcher – not to say he doesn’t have good stuff, his fastball has some of the best movement in the organization and he’s got a quality secondary pitch as well – but he’s not a big fireballing right hander or a lefty that you can try to use as a loogy. Those are the types that you tend to see selected in the Rule 5 draft and Chacin just doesn’t quite fit that profile.

If the Reds choose to leave him unprotected, it wouldn’t surprise me either way how things go when it comes to the way that other teams approach him in the draft. Is a team willing to give him a look in spring training to see how things go? If he were there for the taking and I were making the call, I’d absolutely do that. Baseball teams don’t always use the Rule 5 draft in the same way that I believe they should though – going for the possible home run instead of going for the guy who may not have that big upside, but could fill a good role on your team.

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