Jack Etkin

Prospect By Any Name

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No pun intended, but low Class A Asheville righthander Jhoulys Chacin is making a name for himself. Not because of the blizzard of consonants in his first name, which is pronounced Ju-lees, but because of his ability on the mound. Chacin, 20, began the season 2-1, 1.40 in four starts and caused Tourists pitching coach Doug Linton to say, "I like to compare him to a righthanded Santana, because his changeup is off the board."

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports

Placed In The Pen

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The beginning of spring training brought a big change to Ryan Mattheus. After spending his first four seasons as a starter, Mattheus learned he was moving to the bullpen. Mattheus is a sinker slider righthander coming off a 9-11, 5.56 season at Double-A Tulsa where he averaged 5.8 strikeouts, 3.1 walks and 10.3 hits per nine innings. Those numbers were the norm for Mattheus, who has moved up one level at a time in the Rockies system but in just over 470 professional innings has averaged 6.7 strikeouts, 3.6 walks and 10.5 hits per nine innings.

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports