CHACIN, JHOULYS  
 
Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   BREWERS
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   R
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 1/7/1988 Agent: N/A
Birth City: Maracaibo, Venezuela Draft: 2006 - Rockies - Free agent
Uniform #: 45  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2006 Dom Summer Lg.   12 72.2 60 67 18 11 1 1 0 4 1 0.226 1.49
2007 PIO CASPER   16 92 85 77 26 16 0 0 0 6 5 0.248 3.13
2008 SAL ASHEVILLE   16 111.1 82 98 30 16 2 0 0 10 1   1.86
2008 CAL MODESTO   12 66.1 61 62 12 12 0 0 0 8 2   2.31
2009 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   4 14.1 11 11 13 4 0 0 0 1 2   3.77
2009 TL TULSA   18 103.1 87 86 35 18 1 0 0 8 6   3.14
2009 NL ROCKIES   9 11 6 13 11 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.167 4.91
2010 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   7 35.2 27 34 17 7 0 0 0 3 2   1.51
2010 NL ROCKIES   28 137.1 114 138 61 21 0 0 0 9 11 0.227 3.28
2011 NL ROCKIES $419.00 31 194 168 150 87 31 2 1 0 11 14 0.231 3.62
2012 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   2 13.2 10 5 5 2 0 0 0 1 1   2.63
2012 TL TULSA   2 9 9 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 1   6.00
2012 CAL MODESTO   1 2.1 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   19.29
2012 NL ROCKIES $482.00 14 69 80 45 32 14 0 0 0 3 5 0.288 4.43
2013 NL ROCKIES $1,650.00 31 197.1 188 126 61 31 0 0 0 14 10 0.253 3.47
2014 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   2 10.2 9 8 5 2 0 0 0 1 1   2.53
2014 CAL MODESTO   2 7.1 8 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 2   8.59
2014 NL ROCKIES $4,850.00 11 63.1 63 42 28 11 0 0 0 1 7 0.265 5.40
2015 NL DIAMONDBACKS   5 26.2 24 21 10 4 0 0 0 2 1 0.24 3.38
2015 MEX La Guaira                            
2015 PCL RENO   13 86.2 79 63 30 13 0 0 0 6 3   3.22
2015 IL COLUMBUS   7 42 39 25 15 7 0 0 0 1 3   3.21
2016 IL GWINNETT   1 7.2 5 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 0   0.00
2016 AL BRAVES   5 26.2 29 27 8 5 0 0 0 1 2 0.274 5.40
2016 AL ANGELS   29 117.1 124 92 47 17 1 0 0 5 6 0.272 4.68
2017 NL PADRES $1,750.00 32 180.1 157 153 72 32 0 0 0 13 10 0.235 3.89
2018 NL BREWERS $8,750.00 35 192.2 153 156 71 35 0 0 0 15 8 0.22 3.50
  • Jhoulys is pronounced Joo-lees.

  • In 2007, his first year in the U.S., Chacin shared the Pioneer League strikeout lead (77 in 92 innings) with Orem's Robert Fish and Great Falls' Juan Moreno.

  • In 2008, Chacin led the entire minor leagues in wins (18), ranked third in innings pitched, and was sixth in ERA and strikeouts.

  • In the spring of 2009, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Jhoulys as the second best prospect in the Rockies' organization, behind only OF Dexter Fowler. In the winter before the 2010 spring camps opened, they had Chacin as the fourth best prospect in the Rockies' farm system.

  • On August 18, 2009, Chacin pitched the first 5 1/3 innings of a 9-inning no-hitter for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, with Joel Peralta, Juan Rincon, and Randy Flores pitching the rest of the game.

  • The Rockies have had to modify Jhoulys's training program to keep his body as that of a pitcher, rather than a linebacker.

    "He's a mature bodied kid, unlike Ubaldo or Esmil Rogers or Sammy Deduno, who have lankier frames," Rockies player development director Marc Gustafson said. "If he came in and did squats, he could probably lift a lot of weight. For him, we have to do a lot of footwork and agility work, even if it's jump rope—the old-school way."

  • Chacin spent the winter before 2011 spring training in Tucson, Arizona, with his girlfriend, Alba Iratorza. The couple welcomed their first child, Nicole, on December 1, 2010.

  • During the offseason before 2013 spring training, Jhoulys realized he needed to change his preparation. Gone were the heavy lifting exercises that increased the mass of Chacin's chest, but created the impediments to his shoulder and arm. Chacin learned to properly improve the smaller muscles in his shoulder area and converted his leg routine to one that improved endurance.

  • Chacin pitched once for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He pitched better than the result—five hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings of a loss to the Dominican Republic. More important, he had a chance to work with former Major League pitcher Wilson Alvarez, the Venezuelan pitching coach. Alvarez noticed a flaw in Chacin's fastball and invited him to work with him this offseason, and they furthered their work during the Classic.

    "I appreciate what he did for me," Chacin said. "He didn't have to do it, but he's from Maracaibo (as is Chacin) and he likes to help people."

  • Jhoulys and former Astros pitcher Gustavo Chacín are second cousins.

  • January 2017: Chacin committed to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

  • It started with teammates in Colorado occasionally calling him "Chacin the Machine."  "Albert Pujols is 'The Machine,'" Jhoulys said. 

    So the right-hander came up with a creative solution -- one he'll wear again this year when the Brewers' steadiest starting pitcher takes the mound against the Pirates at Miller Park. Chacin took the Spanish word for machine -- La Máquina -- and made it more pitcher-friendly with the addition of a K.

    That's why you'll see "LA MAKINA" across his back during the game.  "I never really had a nickname in baseball," Chacin said. "Maybe when I was a kid, they called me something. But I don't remember. I like the nicknames. … You get to know better about your teammates. It's something I really like, and I know all the guys here like. 

    "I hope they keep doing it."  (McCalvy - mlb.com - 8/23/18)

  • Brewers' Jhoulys Chacin's major-league odyssey a reminder that baseball takes time (2018)

    After spending three years trying to rebuild his career, Jhoulys Chacín emerged as a major factor in one of the Milwaukee Brewers' best seasons ever.
    The right-hander not only helped the Brewers collect 96 victories, tying a team record, to secure the National League Central Division. Chacín also won 15 games and amassed 156 strikeouts, both team highs and personal bests.

    "Jhoulys has been as much as we could ever hope for when we signed him this winter," manager Craig Counsell said. "He's taken the ball every fifth day and delivered good results. He's just been a very stabilizing presence for us. During the course of 162 games, you need that consistency, that durability. On top of that, he's just pitched wonderfully, especially in some really big games. He's just been an anchor to our pitching staff."

    Yet as recently as four years ago, Chacín was struggling to stay in the major leagues.
    In 2013, the Venezuelan right-hander achieved his best season to that point: a 14-10 record with a team-high 126 strikeouts for the Rockies. But during spring training in 2014, Chacín strained his right shoulder. He spent five weeks on the disabled list from March 28 to May 3, then lost seven of eight decisions before returning June 30 to the disabled list — where he spent the rest of the season.
    When the Rockies released Chacín on March 28, 2015, his odyssey began. He signed with the Cleveland Indians three weeks later, who sent him to their Triple-A club in Columbus, Ohio. Chacín lost three of four minor-league decisions and the Indians released him June 18. Two days later, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed Chacín but he spent most of his time with the Triple-A team in Reno, Nev. The right-hander made just five appearances for Arizona, four of them starts, before becoming a free agent.
    Despite the setbacks, Chacín remained determined.
    "I never lost confidence in myself," he said. "I always said that if I get back to being healthy, I know I can pitch better."

    The Atlanta Braves took a chance and signed Chacín in February 2016. After one minor-league start, the Braves recalled Chacín, who pitched in five games before being traded May 11 to the Los Angeles Angels for Adam McCreery. With the Angels, Chacín made more starts (17), appeared in more games (29) and threw more innings (117 1/3) than he had since 2013 while compiling a 5-6 record.
    In his best performance, Chacín pitched his first complete game in five years. The right-hander accumulated 10 strikeouts while conceding only one walk and four hits in a 5-1 victory over Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
    The turning point came when Chacín signed a one-year contract in December 2016 to become part of the the San Diego Padres' patchwork rotation. The Padres encouraged Chacín to use his slider more often. Chacín called 2016 "the year I finally got back to normal."
    "Over my career, I threw it more against lefties than righties," he said. "Last year with San Diego, they made me throw the backdoor slider more, then mix it up with a back-foot slider. Then on my own, I started doing different stuff with my slider. I tried to make it slower. Sometimes, I tried to make it look like a curveball.
    Sometimes, I'd change my arm angle with the slider. For me, it's the same pitch but it looks different to the hitters."

    As a result, Chacín became one of only two of the Padres' starters to end the season with a winning record while leading San Diego with 14 victories and 153 strikeouts. That performance piqued the Brewers' interest.
    "He was a player that I know some members of our front office have liked for a long time and followed closely for a long time,"Counsell said. "We were excited to get him."

    The feeling was mutual.

    "When free agency started, they called me up," Chacín said. "Milwaukee was the first team that called my agent. It made it easier for me. Milwaukee was my first priority."
    Chacín negotiated a two-year contract because he noticed how special the Brewers could be when he pitched for the Padres.
    "Last year, when we played against them, you could tell the chemistry they have, how they were having fun," he said. "They were winning, too. They fell one game short of making the playoffs. It's a young team. It's a good team. They're playing well. It's something you think about."

    Joining the Brewers enabled Chacín to expand his repertoire.
    "This year, I'm also throwing more change-ups, too, which is something that has helped me with my slider and my two-seamer," he said. "Every time I threw my four-seamer, that's when I took the hitter by surprise. That's one of the keys."

    For Counsell, seeing Chacín pitch means savoring an aesthetic experience.
    "It's a thrill for me to watch competitors, and Jhoulys is a true competitor," Counsell said. "He's out on the mound thinking of ways to beat you. He's got a number of different tricks in his bag, so to speak, that he goes to. I enjoy that. It's gamesmanship. It's competitiveness. It's creativity on the mound. That's a cool way to watch baseball. It's a cool way to pitch. It really is."

    Left-hander Wade Miley expressed his appreciation more succinctly.
    "We get to watch him go out there and pitch, which is something we're losing track of in this game," Miley said. "He pitches with everything he has and give us quality innings pretty much every time out."
    With his own career stabilized, Chacín can afford to provide stability to others.
    "He's just a leader," Miley said. "He takes guys under his wing. He's always looking to help people. When it's his turn to pitch, he's pretty serious about what he's got to do. But on the four other days, he spends a lot of time caring about the other guys."

    With the Brewers three wins away from the World Series, Chacín enjoys the opportunity to fulfill a cherished goal.
    "I always watch every postseason game on TV," he said. "You can see all the pressure, the adrenaline. Even when you're watching the TV, you can feel it. I always wanted to feel that, personally.
    "Finally, I have a chance to make that happen. I can't ask for a better year than this." ( Joseph D'Hippolito - Sporting News - Oct. 2018 )



    TRANSACTIONS

  • 2006: Chacin signed with the Rockies at age 16. Francisco Cartaya is the scout who signed him.

  • January 26, 2013: Chacin and the Rockies agreed on a two-year, $6.5 million contract. 

  • January 15, 2015: Chacin signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Rockies. 

  • March 22, 2015: Chacin was unconditionally released by the Rockies.

    After going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 2014, Chacin had a 6.52 ERA in four appearances in Cactus League games, two starts. He walked four and struck out five in 9 2/3 innings.

    "It's a tough day," manager Walt Weiss said. "A tough day for us, for me having to have that conversation with Jhoulys, who has been a warrior for us."

    The reason for the move, Weiss said, was that the club had brought in a number of starting candidates and, "We just felt like Jhoulys was behind a few of the other guys."

  • April 14, 2015: The Indians signed pitcher Chacin to a Minor League contract.

    June 18, 2015: Jhoulys obtained his release from the Indians organization.

    June 20, 2015: Chacin signed with the D'Backs organization.

  • January 7, 2016: The Braves signed free agent Chacin.

  • May 11, 2016: The Braves traded Chacin to the Angels for LHP Adam McCreery.

  • Nov 3, 2016: Chacin chose free agency.

  • Dec 20, 2016: The Padres signed free agent Chacin.

  • Nov 2, 2017: Chacin elected free agency.

  • Dec. 20, 2017: The Brewers signed Chacin to a  2-year deal.
PERSONAL:
 
  • Chacin has a four-seam 89-93 mph darting FASTBALL and a two-seamer that is in the 88-91 mph range that has very good sink, a sharp 12-to-6 overhand 77-79 mph CURVEBALL that has late movement, an 80-82 mph SLIDER, and an 85-88 mph CUTTER. He also has an excellent 82-85 mph CHANGEUP that has exceptional fading and tumbling action—very good two-plane break.

    His change was so good because of his overpowering heater, but he's lost about 3 mph off his fastball since around 2011 and '12. He throws both the fastball and changeup with the same arm action, but because there's now little separation in velocity, it no longer fools hitters as often. Jhoulys places it on either side of the plate very consistently, making it still hard for lefthanded hitters to hit.

  • In 2015, Jhoulys threw his 4-seam fastball 17.8% of the time, his sinker 26.5%, the slider 23.5%, the curve 4.5%, the change 8.2 percent of the time and his cutter 19.5 percent.

  • Jhoulys throws all of his pitches for strikes. He is not afraid to throw strikes because he is not afraid of contact. He has good command.

    Chacin's strategy: staying in the strike zone and forcing at-bats to come to speedy conclusions.

    "I really learned to pitch more for contact, and that's what I'm trying to do—make my pitch and get quick outs so I can throw more innings," Chacin said.

  • He has solid, repeatable mechanics and keeps the ball low in the zone. He comes at hitters from an excellent downhill plane. He gets a very high amount of groundouts.

    At times, he can rush his mechanics from the stretch and miss to his arm side. But he usually corrects himself.

  • Chacin is going to have very good command. He already does, except when he tries to live up to his hype and overthrows.

  • Chacin is a very intelligent pitcher who makes adjustments quickly. He is not afraid to challenge hitters and he is not afraid to pitch inside on them. He is a fearless competitor.

    He is able to fool hitters with very good, late movement on his pitches.

    "Every hitter that faces him thinks they've drawn a bead on him," Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "And right there at the point of no return, where you've got to swing, the ball changes a plane and it's a misfire for the hitter."

  • Jhoulys' Major League debut came against the Giants on July 25, 2009, at Coors Field. Pitching the ninth with an 8-2 lead, he walked Edgar Renteria with one out and threw a wild pitch, but struck out Nate Schierholtz and Juan Uribe.

    The performance reminded Rockies manager Jim Tracy of Chacin's mound composure.

    "I made a mental note of that as I observed this kid the entire time he was with us in spring training," Tracy said. "The one thing that I remember stating an awful lot in meetings is when you start talking about poise and mound presence, and things like that, not the pitching part of it, but just the way the kid handled himself. He handled himself like a pitcher that was well beyond his years. That's something that is going to allow him to grow at this level quicker."

  • "He keeps the ball down and he mixes it up just enough," the Phillies Cole Hamels said of Chacin. "You feel like you're on his fastball, but it just moves just enough. His slider is really good. If you're able to have two top-notch pitches, especially in this ballpark (Coors Field), that are going down and none of that going up in the zone, I think you're going to get away. You see in batting practice how far the balls fly, or just float, so guys want to jack them out. If you're able to pitch against that and get guys a little anxious, you'll have a pretty good ERA." (6/16/13)

  • Chacin threw his first career shutout in his first career complete game on April 15, 2011.

  • 2018 Improvements: Chacin threw a changeup in the Minor Leagues and in his first couple of seasons after he broke into the big leagues with the Rockies in 2009.

    But he went away from it, and after spending parts of the last four seasons with six organizations, he is working with Milwaukee pitching coach Derek Johnson to once again feature a changeup in his repertoire.

  • In 2018, Jhoulys credits Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson with getting him to try a new offering, a splitter that serves as Chacin's change-of-pace pitch.  "The split was all from him," Chacin said. "I never threw a splitter."

    Chacin did throw a changeup, but it was inconsistent. Some days, he couldn't throw the pitch for a strike, and it hurt him against left-handed hitters.  It was Johnson who one day suggested, "Why don't you throw a splitter?"

    Chacin was a quick learner, since he already threw a two-seam sinker, and simply opened his fingers to throw the split.

    There's not as much of a velocity gap as other pitchers -- Chacin's split averages 86.5 mph according to Statcast, compared to around 90 mph for his fastball -- but it works. Chacin broke out the pitch against a lefty-heavy Cubs lineup at Miller Park on June 13, when he pitched six innings of the Brewers' six-hit shutout in a 1-0 win.

    "It worked that day," Chacin said. "I got a good feeling." 

    Besides varying his repertoire, Chacin occasionally varies his arm angle and pace to keep hitters off-balance. It's a combination that has worked for a pitcher who doesn't have the same velocity of younger, harder-throwing players in the game today.

    "I think that is a confidence thing that you'll see," Brewers manager Counsell said. "When you're giving different looks and being creative on the mound, that's generally somebody who's pretty confident in what they're doing. I think Jhoulys is in a good spot."

    "You're always trying to find new things to get better," Chacin said.  (McCalvy - mlb.com - 8/23/18)

  • As of the start of the 2019 season, Chacin's career record was 74-75 with a 3.86 ERA, having allowed 1,106 hits and 115 home runs in 1,215 innings.
PITCHING:
 
  • May 2-August 21, 2012: Chacin was on the D.L.with a nerve issue in the right side of his chest and shoulder.
  • April 20-May 5, 2013: Jhoulys was on the D.L. with a left lower-back strain.

    Chacin was cruising on April 19 against Arizona when he stretched and grimaced after his 99th pitch. He grabbed his side after his 100th pitch and then left the contest. 

  • February 22, 2014: Chacin was shut down by the Rockies because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder, undergoing an MRI that showed inflammation, but no structural damage. 

    March 29-April 30, 2014: Chacin started the season on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain.

    June 29, 2014: Jhoulys was on the 60-day D.L. with an inflamed shoulder.

    An MRI revealed a right rotator cuff strain and labral pathology in the form of fraying. The muscle strain is similar to what the team found in February, but more pronounced.

    July 7, 2014: Chacin avoided surgery on his balky right shoulder, but he has instead been ordered to rest and rehab for four to six weeks before even starting another throwing program. 

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