Jesse Chavez seemingly goes from one Major League Baseball team to another every year, but he is still demonstrating that he has the capability of remaining a strong pitcher.
Chavez, a graduate of Fontana A.B. Miller High School, is now a member of the Texas Rangers, and he had a chance to return to his native Southern California this past weekend (April 4-7) for the Rangers' four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
Against the Angels (one of his nine former teams), Chavez pitched in relief twice and did not figure in a decision. He threw one inning on April 5, giving up a solo home run to Mike Trout, and then pitched two-thirds of an inning on April 6, allowing no runs and no hits.
Chavez is coming off one of the best seasons in his 11-year career. He started 2018 with the Rangers, going 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 30 appearances before being traded to the Chicago Cubs on July 19.
Then with the Cubs, Chavez did an excellent job, producing a 2-1 record, four saves, and a 1.15 ERA. The right-hander allowed 26 hits in 39 innings while piling up 42 strikeouts in the regular season.
Chavez helped the Cubs advance to the National League Wild Card game against Colorado. The right-hander pitched one scoreless inning of relief in that game for his first career postseason appearance.
During the off-season, Chavez re-signed with the Rangers.