Jesse Chavez, a former Fontana A.B. Miller High School standout, has pitched for several Major League Baseball teams during his career, and now he has returned home to Southern California to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chavez, a 32-year-old right-hander, was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Dodgers on Aug. 1 in exchange for pitcher Mike Bolsinger.
While with the Blue Jays this year, the reliever had a 4.57 ERA in 39 games. He struck out 42 batters and walked 10 in 41 1/3 innings.
Chavez is the first pitcher from a Fontana school to ever play for the Dodgers.
He received his first victory in a Los Angeles uniform on Aug. 7, pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowing no hits and no runs in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. He raised his record to 2-2 this season.
In two previous games with the Dodgers he struggled, allowing two earned runs against Colorado on Aug. 2 and three earned runs against Boston on Aug. 5.
Earlier in his career, he pitched for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland. He has been predominantly a reliever, although he achieved some success as a starter with Oakland in 2014 and 2015.
After thriving in his high school days at Miller, Chavez pitched for Riverside Community College and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 42nd round of the 2002 draft.