By Todd Johnson
It is the not the news I was expecting to hear today, but signing Tyler Chatwood to be a back of the rotation starter is alright with me.
Chatwood will turn 28 next week on the 16th. The 3-year $38 million deal is a pretty decent sign for a guy whose ERA away from Coors Field last year was 3.49. In 77.1 IP in other parks, Chatwood struck out 62, walked 40, and opponents only hit .200 against him. He does throw 5 pitches. However, after having 2 TJS (one at age 16), he was reaching the mid 90s (averaging 94.84) on his fastball summer, the highest peak since his last surgery in 2014.
Originally drafted the Angels in 2018, he debuted with the Angels in 2011. Chatwood has spent most of his pro career in Colorado – not an ideal location for a pitcher. His best year was 2013 (a year before TJS) when he made 20 starts with a 3/15 ERA.
(Graph courtesy of MLB.com)
Still young, Chatwood will be entering the prime of his pitching career as a Cub.
Hopefully, he will not be the only addition this week to the Cubs’ rotation.