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Chaidez is a converted catcher who only recently began pitching and drew his first significant attention from evaluators last fall. He is an athletic 6-foot rigthander with a clean arm action and easy delivery. His fastball sits at 90 mph and he can reach back for 93-94 mph as needed. His short slider tightened up in the spring to give him a second average or better offering, and he shows feel for a changeup. All of those attributes made Chaidez one of the top junior college prospects in Southern California this year. He went 7-1, 3.48 with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 4.8 walks per nine. He is still learning to pitch and hasn’t quite figured out command or sequencing yet. He is strongly committed to UCLA and will be difficult to sign.