The 2016 season got out to a strong start for right handed pitcher Alejandro Chacin. In the first week of the season he tossed three shutout appearances for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The next week was more of the same, racking up 3.0 shutout innings with four strikeouts. In the last week of April the right hander only pitched twice, but both outings last more than an inning. He tossed 3.1 shutout frames to end the month with 9.1 shutout innings and 14 strikeouts.
It wasn’t until May 4th that Alejandro Chacin returned to the mound. He would throw a shutout inning against Biloxi. He returned for a 1-out save against them two days later. The next two outings combined for 3.2 shutout frames as he extended his season to 14.1 shutout frames to start the season. It was the next two outings that were a break in the streak as Chacin allowed a run in each game against Mississippi. He finished out the month with four scoreless games, throwing 4.1 shutout innings. He posted a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings. His walk rate was quite high, giving out 10 free passes with 13 strikeouts.
June got out to a strong start. In the first three games Alejandro Chacin threw 4.0 shutout innings with a walk and four strikeouts. Much like the previous month, he ran into a two game stretch where he allowed a run in each. Just as in May, Chacin finished the month out with four straight shutout appearances. The walk rate was much better than the previous month for the righty. In June the Venezuelan walked just one batter in 11.2 innings to go along with 12 strikeouts. He also posted a 1.54 ERA.
July got out to a solid start, allowing two runs in his first four games that spanned 6.1 innings. That covered the first two weeks, but it was the third week that was saw Alejandro Chacin run into problems. In 3.2 innings he would allow seven hits and two walks, leading to two runs scored against him. The final week of the month didn’t go much better as he allowed two more runs in two outings. July wound up being the worst of his season. In 12.0 innings he posted a 4.50 ERA with five walks and 11 strikeouts.
Three straight shutout outings without runs kicked off August. That carried forward over the next two-and-a-half weeks with another 4.2 shutout innings and seven strikeouts. After allowing two runs on the 20th, Alejandro Chacin finished out the remaining two weeks of the year with seven shutout appearances, spanning 6.1 innings with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The final five weeks of the season saw the right hander post a 1.17 ERA in 15.1 innings with just six walks and 25 strikeouts.
It was a dominant season for Alejandro Chacin as he served as the Pensacola closer. He would save 30 games for the Blue Wahoos while posting a 1.78 ERA. His walk rate was a little bit higher than you would have liked to see, but he countered that with 75 strikeouts in 60.2 innings pitched.
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Alejandro Chacin Scouting Report
Fastball | The pitch works in the 88-92 MPH range from a low 3/4 arm slot. The pitch has big time arm-side run to it and also has some sinking action.
Change Up | A plus offering with tons of sinking action to it and some fade as well.
Breaking Ball | It’s a bit of a slurve, lacking the pure characteristics of either a slider or curveball. It’s a below-average pitch most of the time.
Control can be a bit of a struggle every so often for Chacin as he will have problems repeating his mechanics at times. Despite a lack of a big fastball, he generated a high rate of swings-and-misses in 2016 as his deception and movement give hitters plenty of problems. He’s never going to profile as a back-end caliber reliever, but he’s got enough stuff to carve out a big league career as quality 6th or 7th inning reliever if he can keep the walks under control.