Scouting Report: Angel Chavez

The Phillies had a need for a shortstop at the AA level and checked out the waiver wire. That's where they found young Angel Chavez, who played in ten games at the major league level with the Giants in 2005. Now, he's anchoring the shortstop spot for the R-Phils.

Angel Chavez certainly didn't rush his way through the Giants' system. In fact, he spent all or part of five different seasons at Class-A San Jose, including starting the 2005 season at that level. In mid-May, the Giants had finally seen enough and moved him all the way to AAA Fresno and by the end of the season, they had him on their major league roster.

Chavez has always put up decent, but generally not outstanding minor league numbers. His .267 average isn't really the problem, but the fact that his on-base percentage stands at .309 is a concern. The 24 year old infielder averages just over 18 walks per season, which is the main reason why his OBP is so low.

Angel Chavez career stats

YEAR / LEAGUE HR RBI AVG G AB R H 2B 3B SB BB KO OBP
'99 LaVictoria (VSL) 14 49 .344 52 186 40 64 12 1 11 15 32 .392
'00 Giants (Rookie) 1 7 .276 7 29 2 8 0 1 1 1 5 .300
'01 Hagerstown (A) 2 3 .189 13 37 5 7 2 0 1 1 12 .231
'01 San Jose (A) 3 38 .244 84 316 37 77 22 2 10 16 60 .280
'02 San Jose (A) 8 62 .257 130 471 61 121 20 5 21 28 83 .303
'03 San Jose (A) 10 58 .280 120 478 69 134 23 6 20 22 60 .314
'04 Norwich (AA) 0 21 .198 89 308 22 61 8 2 6 24 53 .261
'04 Giants (Rookie) 1 5 .375 4 16 2 6 0 0 2 1 3 .389
'04 San Jose (A) 1 16 .389 12 54 12 21 5 0 2 4 7 .433
'05 San Jose (A) 5 19 .283 30 120 22 34 2 1 4 5 21 .310
'05 Fresno (AAA) 11 64 .281 89 334 46 94 17 3 5 17 59 .320
'05 San Francisco 0 1 .263 10 19 1 5 1 0 0 0 3 .263
Career - Minors 56 332 .267 630 2349 318 627 111 21 83 134 395 .309

Acquired: Claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on April 5, 2006.

Batting and Power: Chavez has had three seasons of double digit homeruns, including a combined career-high of 16 at San Jose and Fresno last season. Still, he's certainly not a homerun hitter, averaging just eight homeruns per season. If he were to get on base more, Chavez would become much more valuable. His inability to walk though is a major obstacle to him progressing up the ranks.

Baserunning and Speed: Having stolen 41 bases over two seasons a few years back, Chavez has some base stealing ability. Again though, his inability to walk keeps him from getting on base more and that keeps him from using his speed.

Defense: This is a kid who is one of those slick fielders. He has played primarily at shortstop, but has experience at both third base and at second base. Chavez will sometimes boot the easy plays only to turn in a spectacular play right after that. It could be a lack of focus that causes the lapses.

Projection: Keep in mind that Chavez is still just 24 - he turns 25 in July - and that he could still refine some of his skills. Probably the best thing that could have ever happened to him was to get out of the Giants organization. Not because it's a bad organization, but Chavez likely needs some new people to work with and the classic change of scenery.

Reading was in desperate need of help on the left side of their infield. The arrival of Chavez will give them someone who they can stick at the shortstop spot and just go with him.

Kevin J. Cunningham of SFDugout.com sees Chavez as a utility type player who he believed could be a nice role player one day. "Chavez's best strength is in his versatility. Despite a surprising four errors in the Spring, he can play second, third and shortstop competently and has doubles power."

Ironically, Chavez skipped playing for his native Panama in the World Baseball Classic because he wanted to stay in camp and compete for a job with the Giants. While he would have likely started at shortstop for Panama, he wound up having a solid spring, including 10 doubles, but still found himself out of a job.


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