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30 Jesse Chavez RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/160 | Birthdate: 8/21/1983 | Birthplace: Victorville, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: Riverside CC CA | MLB Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 11/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Athletics confident with Jesse Chavez back in starting rotation


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:37 pm ET) Athletics manager Bob Melvin made a difficult decision Sunday, optioning pitcher Kendall Graveman to Triple-A, pushing Jesse Chavez back into the starting rotation. He was expected to begin the season as a reliever, but Melvin is confident Chavez can get the job done as a start, reports CSN Bay Area.

"Not only is he able to (start) on a moment's notice, he showed what he's capable of doing in the first half of last year," manager Bob Melvin said. "He was as good as a lot of the guys on our team that (were) All-Stars. We’re lucky to have a guy like Jesse Chavez."

Chavez, who has made one start this season with an 0-1 record and a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings, won't change anything in his approach.

"It's just a different title and role," Chavez said. "That's how I look at it. I've still gotta go out there and do my job. Throw strikes and give us the best chance to win, and go as deep as I can in the ballgame."


Athletics' Jesse Chavez takes loss in spot start Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez was stuck with a loss in Thursday's spot start, giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit and three walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Angels.

"To give up one hit on a moment’s notice to start, I don’t know how you can ask for much more than that," manager Bob Melvin said after the game, per MLB.com.

Chavez (0-1) had racked up 6 2/3 scoreless innings in relief coming into Thursday's start and gave up just one hit on the night, but that one mistake turned out to be a two-run home run by Kole Calhoun, providing the Angels with all the offense they would need for the win. Chavez owns a 0.71 ERA and 13:4 K:BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings. He'll likely head back to the bullpen, provided Jesse Hahn is healthy enough to make his next start.


Athletics' Jesse Hahn to miss start Thursday, Jesse Chavez to fill in


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Hahn will miss his scheduled start Thursday while dealing with a blister on his finger, manager Bob Melvin said, per Bay Area News Group.

Hahn was forced to leave his start Saturday after discovering the blister on his right middle finger. Jesse Chavez, who came on in relief for him Saturday, will start in Hahn's place.

Chavez made 21 starts in 2014, posting an 8-8 record with a 3.45 ERA in 146 innings. 

"Jesse Chavez is a good guy to have in your pocket when something like that happens," Melvin said, per MLB.com. 


Jesse Hahn confident he'll make next start for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn was forced to leave Saturday's game with a blister on his right middle finger. 

On Sunday, Hahn was wearing a bandage on the finger, but he was confident he wouldn't miss a start, per the Bay Area News Group.

There's still a possibility that the blister will keep him out of the April 23 start, however, so that the blister can heal fully. Jesse Chavez would get the start in his place, per MLB.com.  


Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez earns 11-out save Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez earned his first save of the season Saturday in odd fashion, working 3 2/3 innings in Oakland's 5-0 win over the Royals.

Chavez came on with one out in the fifth after starter Jesse Hahn was forced to leave with a finger injury. Chavez worked strong and efficiently, tossing six strikeouts with just one walk in his outing. Chavez allowed four hits but kept his ERA a perfect 0.00.

"Chavy is the guy for that," said A's manager Bob Melvin to MLB.com. "We got [Tyler] Clippard up at the end, but for him to finish that up and give the bullpen a rest … that was terrific."


Athletics' Jesse Chavez hints he's headed to the bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez told reporters that "the writing is on the wall" and indicated that he'll likely start the season in the bullpen.

"I think they had their minds made up from the beginning. But we'll see what happens," Chavez said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Chavez allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings of work on Wednesday against the Angels. He posted a 4.50 ERA, a 1.75 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB ratio over 16 innings this spring. If he is demoted to the bullpen as a long reliever and spot starter, the A's will likely go will left-hander Drew Pomeranz as their fifth starter.


Athletics' Jesse Chavez happy with spring showing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out one in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Giants.

Chavez, who was on the mound just two days after the birth of his daughter, is happy with his performance this spring, the Bay Area News Group reports.

"I feel good," Chavez said. "I’ve put some men on, but I’ve pitched out of some jams. I’ve showed them I won’t let it snowball."

Chavez believes he needs to improve at changing the eye level of batters.

"I’ve got to get them to change eye levels better," Chavez said. "The last two or three starts, I haven’t been able to do that. The pitches that I’m trying to elevate they’re fouling off (instead of swinging and missing) and that runs up my pitch count."

Chavez has posted a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings as he competes for a spot in the rotation.


Athletics' Jesse Chavez away from team for birth of daughter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez is leaving camp Monday for the birth of his third daughter, MLB.com reports. He'll return Wednesday to make his scheduled start against the Brewers.

Athletics' Jesse Chavez tosses two scoreless innings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez tossed two scoreless innings in his spring debut on Wednesday.

Chavez is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation, and made his case during his first appearance. Chavez allowed two hits and one walk over two innings of work. He struck out one during the outing. 

Chavez said he was nervous for the start, but embraces the competition. "I like the competition," he said. "Every year there's a competition, especially for me in my situation. So I embrace it, I like it, and I think it's challenging for all of us here and will bring out the best in us."

The 31-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA over 146 innings last year. 


Athletics' Jesse Chavez gunning for rotation spot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez is hoping to lock down a rotation spot, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Chavez performed well in 21 starts with the club in 2014, but lost his job after the team acquired Jon Lester midseason. Chavez blames himself for the demotion. "It wasn’t a case of the job being taken away," he said. "It was a case of I didn’t hold it. I shouldn’t have put the team in a position to doubt me."

After the Athletics brought in a fair amount of pitching in the offseason, Chavez has become somewhat of an after-thought as the team's fifth starter. He believes the opportunity is there, though. "The chance to be a starter is there," Chavez said. "For me, I just approach it like last year when I was trying to just win a spot on the staff. I’m always going to pitch like I’m pitching to win a job."

Chavez, 31, posted a 3.45 ERA over 146 innings last year. 


Athletics' Jesse Chavez determined to make opening day roster


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez is making a push to join the starting rotation this year, even though he doesn't know if he's earned it yet.

"I think I opened eyes enough, but I don't think I did enough because I didn't keep it," Chavez said at Spring Training on Monday. "Now, if I get it, I gotta keep it. That's my mentality. I wanna ride it out."

Chavez reported to camp a bit heavier than he ended the 2014 season, weighing it at 170 pounds after finishing last year at 157.

"I feel way stronger," he said. "That's such a cliche thing for me to say, but for my size, it's a huge deal, and I can tell just by playing catch, the early side sessions, the way the ball's coming out, it just feels like I don't have to use anymore extra effort now that I've built all that muscle."


A's pitcher Jesse Chavez agrees to $2.15M salary for 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $2.15 million contract for the 2015 season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 31-year-old Chavez had one of the best seasons of his career in 2014. He went 8-8 with a 3.45 ERA in 32 outings (21 starts).


Jesse Chavez loses on walk-off homer


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/9/2014) Athletics reliever Jesse Chavez gave up a 12th-inning walk-off homer to Tyler Flowers in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox on Monday. Chavez (8-8) recorded one out before Flowers drilled a 390-foot shot to left.

Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz being considered for spot start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Athletics pitchers Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz are being considered for a spot start next week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The A's want to line up their pitching staff so that their top four pitchers will face off against the Angels in an upcoming series. The team would add either Chavez or Pomeranz for a spot start in this scenario. 


Jesse Chavez demoted back to the 'pen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) A day after a blockbuster deal that sent Jon Lester to the Athletics, manager Bob Melvin has demoted pitcher Jesse Chavez back to the bullpen, according to the Bay Area News group on Friday. Chavez owns a 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 119:41 K:BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings.

Report: Jason Hammel to beat out Jesse Chavez for final rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) After an interview with Athletics general manager Billy Beane, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that Jason Hammel will likely stick as the fifth starter over Jesse Chavez.

Chavez owns a 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 119:41 K:BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings. Hammel has lost his first four decisions with his new club. He owns a 3.87 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 21 starts (125 2/3 innings).

Jesse Chavez gets roughed up in loss to Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez took a step backward on Monday against the Astros in Houston, dropping to 8-7 on the year. The right-hander coughed up six runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of a 7-3 defeat.

Chavez has allowed four-plus runs in three of his last six starts. He owns a 3.44 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 119:41 K:BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings. His next start will come Sunday at home against Kansas City.

Jesse Chavez strikes out seven in win vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez earned a win Wednesday, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 9-7 victory over the Astros.

Chavez (8-6) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up a run in the inning and another in the sixth. He owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 114:38 K:BB ratio in 120 1/3 innings. Chavez has another matchup with the Astros scheduled for Monday.


A's announce rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Athletics announced their post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday. Jeff Samardzija has drawn the first start of the second half Friday vs. Baltimore.

Jason Hammel will pitch the second game of the Baltimore series and Sonny Gray will finish off the three-game set. Scott Kazmir will then pitch the opener of a series against Houston July 22. He will be followed by Jesse Chavez before the rotation resets.


Jesse Chavez suffers sixth loss in final start before ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez (7-6) fell one out shy of quality start in a loss to the Mariners in Seattle Saturday night. The right-hander yielded three runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Chavez has dropped two of his last three starts heading into the break. He owns a 3.14 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 19 starts (114 2/3 innings). His next start will come after the All-Star break, though the A's have yet to announce their upcoming pitching plans.

Jesse Chavez probably not a rest-of-season option


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) Clearly, you're not cutting Jesse Chavez in Fantasy, particularly if you play in a league where his relief pitcher eligibility means something to you, but his nine-strikeout performance Monday against the Giants really brought into focus just how much his stock has fallen over the last couple months. It wouldn't have been a big deal in April, when he recorded more than a strikeout per inning with regularity, but in the eight starts leading up to Monday's, he averaged just 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

And it's not like his walk rate (3.3 per nine) during that stretch was so hot either. He seems to be losing steam after his out-of-nowhere success to begin the season, and while this current version of him is still useful, it may have its limits. Chavez spent most of last season in the bullpen, remember, and as a result, accumulated just 87 1/3 innings between the majors and minors. He's at 109 innings now.

True, he's had other seasons when he started enough to eclipse 130 innings, or at least come close, so I'm not saying 150 or 160 is out of his reach. But 180 may be. I'm guessing it's a big reason why the Athletics felt they had to acquire two arms in the Cubs trade even with Tommy Milone pitching well and Drew Pomeranz recovering from injury.

I'm thinking Chavez cedes his rotation spot to one of those two before the end of August.


Jesse Chavez strikes out nine in win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez earned a win Monday, giving up just four hits and two walks in six scoreless innings and striking out nine in his team's 5-0 victory over the Giants.

Chavez (7-5) turned in back-to-back mediocre outings heading into Monday but brought his A-game against the Giants, matching his best strikeout total of the season while shutting out the opposition for the third time. He owns a 3.06 ERA and 101:34 K:BB ratio in 109 innings going into Saturday's matchup with the Mariners.


Jesse Chavez edges out Brad Mills for last spot in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez will stay in the rotation as the fifth starter, edging out Brad Mills, who will move to the bullpen for now, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports Saturday.

The A's acquired starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel via trade on Friday. Chavez will make his next scheduled start on Monday against San Francisco.

Jesse Chavez falls apart in mauling by Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Athletics starter Jesse Chavez made it two poor outings in a row Wednesday in Detroit. The result was the lowering of his record to 6-5.

Chavez was handed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but he was trailing by the fourth and collapsed in the sixth with two walks that scored to give him five earned runs allowed in five innings. He gave up eight hits while walking four and fanning five. He has walked 11 in his last 17 innings pitched.

He will try to turn his fortunes around Monday against San Francisco.


Jesse Chavez runs out of gas in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez pitched well for five innings Friday, before hitting a wall and settling for a no-decision in a 9-5 win over the Marlins.

Chavez shut the Marlins out for five innings and seemed well on his way to another win. He simply ran out of steam in the sixth inning, as the Marlins jumped on him for five straight hits without recording an out before he was chased.

Chavez ended up allowing four runs on six hits in five innings of work, while striking out five batters and walking three. He settled for his second no-decision in a row, as the A's rallied to win, 9-5.

Chavez remains 6-4 through 16 starts, with a 2.94 ERA in 98 innings. His next start is set for Wednesday in Detroit.