Several sources on the Internet are reporting that former Fort Wayne Wizards pitcher, Travis Chick has signed a Minor League deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates have signed 26-year old righty reliever/starter Travis Chick to a minor league deal. Chick has not pitched yet this season. He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 0-0 with a 12.60 ERA and a 3.40 WHIP. Chick has also pitched in 189 games (142 starts) in his 8 years in the minors and he is 48-45 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. It will be interesting to see if Chick can work his way to Pittsburgh before the 2010 season is over.
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Updating a previous post, former Wizards pitcher Travis Chick has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has scored and opportunity with the club during Spring Training. Chick performed fairly well during his stint at Triple-A while in the Seattle organization last season, so this is one story we’ll be watching. DodgerTalk says:
…a Texas native selected by the Marlins in the 14th round of the 2002 draft, is 40-38 with a 4.26 ERA in 166 minor league games (121 starts). He spent the majority of the 2008 season with Seattle’s Double-A West Tennessee club, and ended the season with Triple-A Tacoma, where he went 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in five starts. The 24-year-old appeared in three games with the Mariners in 2006 for his lone Major League experience.
The Rangers Report recently did their write-up on the Chicago Cubs top prospects. Somewhat surprisingly, they have included Kyler Burke, whom I thought had dropped off most radars. Anothe rstory I will be passively watching as the season unfolds. It’s probably a make or break year for Burke.
The Cubs’ bounty for Michael Barrett, Burke is a slugging corner outfield with a solid arm and huge power potential. However, he has trouble against breaking balls and swings and misses way too often. That results in his impressive power becoming negated. However, he is a terrific athlete that has the ability to develop into a superstar, if only everything comes together.
Former Wizards Pitcher, Jon Link put together an outstanding season in 2008, when he recorded a Souther League best 35 saves last summer while pitching with the Double-A Birmingham Barons. He was recently added to the Chicago White Sox 40-man roster and some suspect he’s being groomed to be the club’s closer in the near future. Another player on my 2009 watch list. He recently conducted a couple youth baseball camps out in Virginia.
Conducting two youth baseball clinics last Saturday at Frozen Ropes Training Center in Chantilly, Link lectured on everything from basic mechanics and pickoff moves to arm and body care and how to field the position. He closed the session with a 15-pitch bullpen session to his high school catcher, Billy Cushman.
(See also: Wizards Where R They? Travis Chick).
Former Wizards pitcher, Travis Chick has signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dogers.
“I’m excited about playing for the Dodgers,” he said in a phone interview. “I have played against Los Angeles teams in both the Southern and Pacific Coast Leagues and have seen that they are well-coached.” He turned down a number of other offers to sign with the Dodgers [MadFriars.com h/t LADugout.com]
Should be a year of opportunity for Chick. For more on the career of the oft-traveled 7-year minor league, check out the Wizards Where R They post I did on Chick last August.
In 2004, Travis Chick appeared in seven games with the Fort Wayne Wizards. He went 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA while striking out 55 in 42.1 innings pitched. Yes, a bright future looked to be in store for the youngster who had originally been drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 14th Round (413rd overall) of 2002 Draft. He came to the Padres’ system via a trade that sent RHP Ismael Valdez to Florida.
But in 2005, he began the year at Double-A Mobile, where he went 2-9 with a gaudy 5.27 ERA before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds with Jason Germano in exchange for Joe Randa. Iin 2006, the Reds flipped Chick to Seattle for Eddie Guardado and cash.
That year, he made his MLB debut with Seattle despite never playing about Double-A ball. In three relief appearances with the Mariners, he pitched 5 innings that produced a 12.60 ERA . . . 7 earned runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts.
2007 saw Chick perform better back at Double-A West Tennessee, where he went 6-6 with a 4.62 ERA before a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma. He began 2008 much the same way he did the prior year, at Double-A West Tennessee. He’d gone 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA before again being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma.
And maybe that’s where the story will take a turn for the better. His first appearance at Triple-A resulted in three runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts for a no-decision. But the next time out saw the 24-year-old right-hander hurl a two-hitter and struck out nine en route to a 3-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s.
“When you go out and have a game like this, it builds confidence,” he said. “But I’m not going to read too much into it. My next start, I’m going to go out hungry and try to compete” [source: MiLB.com]
It was his first career complete game at any level, and he also retired the first ten batters he faced.