Veteran RHP Chacin granted release by Twins
Veteran RHP Chacin granted release by TwinsChacin, 32, signed a minor league deal with the Twins in advance of the 2020 season, but with the start of the season delayed, Minnesota's starting staff has come into clearer focus.
The Braves have selected the contract of left-hander Chris Rusin, as per the team’s official Twitter account. To create space on both the 30-man active roster and the 40-man roster, Atlanta designated right-hander Jhoulys Chacin for assignment. © John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta has designated right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
Atlanta signed Chacin to a one-year, major league contract back on July 21, as the club was looking to add some additional rotation depth due to Cole Hamels’ injured-list stint and Felix Hernandez’s opt-out. Chacin ended up making two relief appearances for the Braves, both against the Mets — the first was an impressive performance of 3 2/3 scoreless innings on July 26, and the other took place Friday night, with Chacin surrendering four earned runs over 1 1/3 innings of work.
Jhoulys Chacin no longer with Twins after requesting release
Right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin requested his release from the Twins on Sunday, and he is no longer in camp with the team.Chacin signed in the winter with a chance to compete for a spot in the back of the Twins’ rotation, representing an insurance option against Michael Pineda’s suspension and the health of Rich Hill. Chacin would’ve competed with Randy Dobnak and Devin Smeltzer, but after subsequently acquiring starter Kenta Maeda and with Hill back to full strength, the need for Chacin has diminished. Presently, the Twins’ rotation is shaping up to consist of Maeda, Hill, Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Homer Bailey.
The Braves had clearly seen enough following Friday's outing, and Chacin now finds himself potentially back on the free-agent market in short order. Given that teams are always in need of pitching depth, it’s possible Chacin could find another deal elsewhere, which could mean he’d be joining his fifth different organization in less than a year’s time.
Chacin has already appeared for seven different teams over his 12 MLB seasons, and also been part of the Indians and Twins organizations without ever suiting up for them in a big league game. Minnesota was Chacin’s most recent stop before signing on with the Braves, as the Twins inked Chacin to a minor league deal over the offseason but released him less than a week before their July 24 opener.
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It wasn’t long ago that Chacin was a solid and durable rotation member, as he posted a 3.69 ERA while averaging 186 innings for the Padres and Brewers over the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Things turned badly for Chacin in 2019, however, as a big spike in his home run rate (an unsightly 2.2 HR/9) resulted in a 6.01 ERA over 103 1/3 frames for Milwaukee and Boston.
Rusin is also looking for a rebound, as his strong 2017 season as a member of the Rockies bullpen was followed up by a rough 2018 (6.09 ERA in 54 2/3 innings) and then a 2019 that saw him appear in only two MLB games, thanks to both back problems and a demotion to the minors. Upon becoming a free agent after the season, Rusin signed with the Braves on a minor league deal, so his arrival on the active roster will ensure some form of (prorated) guaranteed salary.
The 33-year-old offers the Braves some versatility, as Rusin has worked as a swingman in the past, though he will more likely be used in a long relief capacity. Rusin joins Grant Dayton, A.J. Minter, and Tyler Matzek as left-handed options out of the Atlanta pen.
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Historical comparisons for MLB's young stars
Major League Baseball looks a lot different today than it did a few generations ago. Power hitting is much more in demand. Stolen bases have steadily decreased because analytics indicate they aren't worth the risk. Strikeout pitchers are the rage. With that in mind, lets look at 20 current young stars and their historical comparisons.
Juan Soto | Ken Griffey Jr.
Believe it or not, the Nationals' 21-year-old outfielder could be on his way to a Griffey-like career. In his first full big- league season in 2019, Soto slashed .282/.401/.548 with 34 homers and 110 RBI. Griffey Jr. hit 630 bombs in the majors and made 13 All-Star teams, but when he was Soto's age, his .300/.366/.481 slash line and power numbers (22 homers, 80 RBI) paled in comparison.
Austin Meadows | Larry Walker
Meadows was the No. 9 overall pick of the Pirates in the 2013 amateur draft, and the outfielder instantly became one of the premier offensive prospects in the sport. In his first full season in the majors a year ago, the sweet-swinging lefty hit .291 and drove in 89 runs for the Rays. He also crushed 33 homers and added 36 other extra-base hits. Walker, who played 17 seasons in the big leagues, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. His ability to consistently hit for a high average and with power were his trademarks.
Pete Alonso | Mark McGwire
It's almost eerie how similar these big, right-handed hitting first basemen began their big-league careers. As a rookie in Oakland in 1987, McGwire hit 49 homers and drove in 118 runs. He batted .289, added 28 doubles, reached base at a .370 clip, and was the clear AL Rookie of the Year. Debuting last year, Alonso played in all but one of the Mets' games and slashed .260/.358/.583. He set a rookie record with 53 homers, and his 120 RBI were four short of New York's franchise record. He also easily claimed Rookie of the Year honors, and if he can deliver a career to McGwire's -- minus the steroids -- he'll someday find himself in Cooperstown.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | Adrian Beltre
Guerrero Jr. was the talk of spring training last March, and while the Jays left him in AAA until late April, that was only done for service time considerations. In the majors, Guerrero Jr. hit .272 with 15 homers and 69 RBI, and while he experienced some growing pains, most scouts agree he'll be a star. If he'd like to follow in the footsteps of someone at the hot corner, he could do a lot worse than Beltre. In 21 big-league seasons, the right-handed slugger hit .286 with 477 homers. Texas retired his number last year.
Adley Rutschman | Joe Mauer
Rutschman has never played in a big league game, but he's been the top catching prospect in the sport since the second Baltimore took him No.1 overall last June. In 644 at-bats at Oregon State, the switch-hitter hit .352 with 28 homers and 174 RBI. His ceiling is through the roof, and he has the potential to be even better than Mauer -- the last catcher to go No.1 overall. Mauer played 15 seasons in the big leagues for the Twins.
Ronald Acuna Jr. | Mike Trout
Acuna Jr. is well on his way to becoming the Trout of the National League. (Trout's still playing of course, but he's the best comp for Acuna.) In his first full big-league season in '19, the Braves' star outfielder slashed .280/..365/.518 with 41 homers and 101 RBI. He added 22 doubles, two triples and 37 stolen bases. Trout, meanwhile, captured his third AL MVP award in 2019. The veteran hit .291 with 45 bombs and 104 RBI for the Angels last season.
Luis Robert | Andruw Jones
If Robert is able to reach the ceiling scouts project for him, the outfielder will ultimately be a vastly better player than Jones, who played 17 big-league seasons. Jones hit 434 home runs, made five All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Gloves.The White Sox' rookie plays with similar swagger. In only 122 minor league games in '19, he hit .328 with 32 homers, 92 RBI, 31 doubles, 11 triples and 36 stolen bases.
Yordan Alvarez | Jim Thome
Thome spent the early portion of his career at first base, but he ultimately became one of the most dangerous designated hitters in the American League. The big left-handed slugger is one of only nine players to hit more than 600 home runs in the big leagues, and he was enshrined in Cooperstown in 2018. Alvarez showed significant potential for Houston a year ago. In roughly half a season as the Astros' DH, he slashed .313/.412/.655 with 27 bombs and 78 RBI.
Mike Soroka | Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson was arguably the most consistent pitcher of his generation. In 17 big-league seasons, he had a 3.49 ERA in 3,126 1/3 innings. The righty won 222 games and served as the staff leader in Oakland and Atlanta.The Braves' new ace would love to follow in his footsteps. In 29 outings as a rookie a year ago, Soroka went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA. Like Hudson, he's not really a strikeout pitcher, but he could be next in a long line of fantastic Atlanta hurlers.
Keston Hiura | Jeff Kent
Kent is one of the best offensive second baseman of all time; the Brewers would be thrilled if Hiura's career mirrors the 17-year veteran's. He opened eyes as a rookie last summer, hitting .303 with 19 homers and 49 RBI in roughly half a season. Before the 2020 season was suspended, Milwaukee was planning to hit him in the clean-up spot.
Fernando Tatis Jr. | Alex Rodriguez
This is one hell of a comparison, huh? Few humans are capable of becoming the type of player A-Rod was, but Tatis Jr. may have a shot. The 21-year-old Padres shortstop can hit for average and power, steal bases, play stellar defense, and has world-class arm strength. He was one of the best prospects in baseball entering last season. In 84 games for San Diego, he hit .317 with 22 homers.
Jack Flaherty | Kevin Brown
The Redbirds took Flaherty in the first round six years ago, and last season he truly became the ace they always believed he could be. In 33 starts, the righty had a 2.75 ERA with an 0.97 WHIP and struck out 231 in 196.1 innings. Brown was a first-round pick as well -- 28 years earlier -- and for nearly 20 years, he was an upper-tier starter..
Gavin Lux | Chase Utley
Lux has as much offensive upside as any young player in the game. In 458 minor league at-bats a season ago, the 22-year-old hit .347 with 26 homers and 76 RBI. He added 33 extra-base hits. The Dodgers' youngster probably will be competing with Hiura for the starting second base spot on the NL All-Star team for years to come. Utley was no stranger to being in that position, as he participated in six All-Star games.
Joey Bart | Buster Posey
Posey is one of the more accomplished catchers in baseball history. In 11 seasons with the Giants, he has won three World Series championships, a Rookie of the Year, an MVP, a Gold Glove, made six All-Star teams and taken home four Silver Sluggers. Injuries have taken their toll on the Florida State product, but lucky for San Fran, it has his replacement waiting in the wings. The Giants selected Bart No. 2 overall two years ago, and after dominating in the minors, he should soon be a regular for the Giants.
Gleyber Torres | Cal Ripken Jr.
In two MLB seasons, the Yankees' Torres has become one of the best players in the sport. In '19, he slashed .278/.337/.535, drove in 90 and crushed 38 homers. The Ripken comparison is particularly pertinent for the young shortstop, considering 13 of his long balls came against the Hall of Famer's Orioles. Ripken is the gold standard for young shortstops.
Sean Murphy | Yadier Molina
Scouts unanimously agree Murphy will be a Gold Glover behind the plate. Offensively, he won't become Mike Piazza, but he should be able to consistently hit .250-.260 with 15-20 homers. What does that combination give you over the long haul? A catcher who looks a lot like Molina, the Cardinals' longtime standout. He has never hit more than 22 home runs in a season. Molina has won nine Gold Gloves and made nine All-Star teams.
Ozzie Albies | Roberto Alomar
Alomar, a Hall of Famer, is one of the best second basemen of all time, and comparing anyone to him isn't something that's done lightly. In 17 big-league seasons, the Puerto Rico native hit .300 with 210 homers, 504 doubles and 474 steals. He made 12 All-Star teams and won two World Series titles. Albies, also a switch-hitter, has quickly emerged as an upper-echelon second baseman for the Braves. He hit .295 with 24 homers, 43 doubles and eight triples last season.
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