Jhoulys Chacín

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Chacín and the second or maternal family name is Molina.
Jhoulys Chacín

Chacín pitching for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-01-07) January 7, 1988
Maracaibo, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 25, 2009, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 46–57
Earned run average 3.94
Strikeouts 654

Jhoulys Jose Chacín Molina (Yo-LEASE Sha-SEEN) (born January 7, 1988) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Professional career

Colorado Rockies

Chacín during his tenure with the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Chacín signed with the Colorado Rockies as an international free agent in 2004,[1] and was considered to be one of their top prospects prior to 2009 and 2010.[2] Chacín was called up directly to the majors from the Double-A Tulsa Drillers on July 24, 2009. In 2010, in his first full season in MLB with the Rockies, Chacín had 9 wins, a 3.28 ERA, and led all NL rookies in strikeouts with 138.

Chacín started the 2011 season as one of the best young pitchers in baseball, but after the second half of the season, he became inconsistent with his mechanics. He did, however, finish with a record of 11–14 with a 3.62 ERA in 31 starts. In 194 innings pitched, he struck out 150 batters. However, he led the National League in walks with 87. He threw his first career shutout in his first career complete game on April 15, 2011. In 2012, Chacín was limited to just 14 starts due to a pectoral injury.[3]

In 2013, Chacín rebounded to give the Rockies a much needed lift in the rotation. He finished 14-10 with 3.47 ERA in 197.1 innings pitched. He kept the ball in the ballpark, allowing 11 home runs, 6 of which were allowed in Coors Field. Chacín began the 2014 season on the DL with shoulder inflammation.[4] Chacín's 2014 was not good at all, as he battled through injury and inconsistency, managing to start just 11 games before being shut down for the season due to injury. His record finished at 1-7 and a career worst 5.40 ERA.

On March 22, 2015, Chacín was released by the Rockies.[5]

Cleveland Indians

On April 14, 2015, Chacín was signed to a minor league deal by the Cleveland Indians.[6] He was granted his release on June 18 after exercising an opt-out clause. He had a 3.21 ERA in 7 starts for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.[7]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On June 20, 2015, Chacín signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[8] Towards season's end, Chacin started 4 games for the D'Backs.

Atlanta Braves

On December 14, 2015, Chacín signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.[9] He was also given a non-roster invitation to MLB Spring training. Chacín began the 2016 season with the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League,[10] and was promoted to the major leagues on April 12.[11]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On May 11, 2016, the Braves traded Chacín to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for minor league pitcher Adam McCreery.[12]

Personal life

On December 1, 2010, Chacin's girlfriend Alba Iratorza gave birth to his daughter, Nicole.[13] Chacin is the second cousin of former MLB pitcher Gustavo Chacin.[14]


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  2. Ringolsby, Tracy (February 3, 2009). "Rockies top prospects, No. 2: Jhoulys Chacin, pitcher". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  3. "Jhoulys Chacin diagnosed with pectoral injury after getting second opinion - HardballTalk". nbcsports.com. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  4. "Jhoulys Chacin hopeful to miss just 2-3 weeks for Rockies". FanSided. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  5. Harding, Thomas (March 22, 2015). "Rockies unexpectedly part ways with Chacin". MLB.com. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  6. Fox Sports Ohio (April 14, 2015). "Indians sign RHP Jhoulys Chacin". foxsports.com. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  7. Hurcomb, Michael (June 18, 2015). "Indians release Jhoulys Chacin from minor-league deal". fantasynews.cbssports.com. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  8. Short, D.J. (June 20, 2015). "Diamondbacks sign Jhoulys Chacin to minor league contract". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  9. http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/braves-jhoulys-chacin-joins-braves-on-minor-league-deal/
  10. http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/sports/professional/g-braves/jhoulys-chacin-pitches-a-gem-in-g-braves-opener/article_8ef51cfa-0176-5c10-89c9-4ff440ebeff6.html
  11. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/15191748/braves-bring-rhp-jhoulys-chacin-start-nationals
  12. Bowman, Mark (May 11, 2016). "Braves trade Chacin to Angels for lefty prospect". MLB.com. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  13. http://baseball.playerprofiles.com/sampleplayerprofile.asp?playerID=9617
  14. http://baseball.playerprofiles.com/sampleplayerprofile.asp?playerID=9617
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