The first “Now Pitching For” in forever, and I’m like four days late on it. That’s how I roll.
Jhoulys Chacin burst onto our radar last season when he went a combined 18-3 with a 2.03 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 177.2 innings for Modesto and Asheville. His performance earned him a coveted spot on the Z-Meter last May, and he hasn’t left since. Well, until now, but this is like graduation day, really.
Chacin’s walks were up and his strikeouts were down at AA Tulsa this season, but that didn’t stop the Rockies from calling him up on Friday to take the place of reliever Ryan Speier, who was designated for assignment. He made his major league debut on Saturday, pitching the ninth in an 8-2 Rockies win over San Francisco. He walked one, threw a wild pitch, and struck out two.