Alejandro Chacin re-sgined with the Cincinnati Reds as a minor league free agent following the 2016 season. He even got himself an invitation to big league spring training.
That shouldn’t come as a big surprise, Chacin dominated Double-A in 2016. With the Pensacola Blue Wahoos he posted a 1.78 ERA in 60.2 innings. The right handed reliever picked up 30 saves with 75 strikeouts with 26 walks as the closer in Pensacola.
He’s continued that dominance while pitching for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. The 23-year-old right hander has made fourteen appearances thus far and has allowed just one run. That one run didn’t come until his 13th appearance five days ago. He’s posted a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings over that span with four walks and 11 strikeouts to go along with eight hits.
Checking in on the others
Aristides Aquino racked up his first hit in 2016 in the Dominican Winter League on Wednesday night. He made two previous pinch hitting appearance, showing up on November 2nd and 3rd, but went hitless. Wednesday night he returned to the lineup, making a pinch hitting appearance and singling. It’s been a little surprising that he hasn’t played more this year after his year with Daytona. Couple that with the three outfielders with the most at-bats for Escogido have posted a .588, .596 and .716 OPS so far and why he hasn’t gotten a few more chances is even more confusing.
Juan Graterol, who was picked up a few weeks ago from the Angels on waivers has been playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. He’s had some struggles in 17 games on the same team as Alejandro Chacin. The catcher has hit just .208/.216/.250 without a walk and just two doubles hit.
Sebastian Elizalde has been going through a slump in the Mexican Winter League. Overall he’s hitting a solid .268/.354/.359 with 19 walks and 26 strikeouts. In his last 10 games though he’s hitting just .111/.200/.211.