Ángel Aristides Chávez Castro
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
Ángel Chávez made his major league debut in 2005, appearing in 10 games with a .263 average for the San Francisco Giants at the age of 24. The Giants had signed him as a free agent in 1998, and he had spent his entire minor league career with them from 1998-2005. He was in the rookie league or Single A ball most of the time, moving up to Double A ball in 2004 when he was 23. He moved up to Triple A ball for most of 2005.
In 2006, he wasn't in the majors, but played for three teams in the minors. He left the Giants organization, and split his time between the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles organizations with 67 games in Double A and 63 games in Triple A ball. In 8 minor league seasons so far, he has a minor league career average of .267 and a slugging percentage of .406.
He has played shortstop in some seasons and third base in other seasons.
In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Chávez hit .182/.250/.318 and made three errors in six games at shortstop. Chávez was 2 for 8 for Panama in the 2009 World Baseball Classic; on the light-hitting squad, his 500 OPS was good enough for 4th place behind Luis Durango, Carlos Ruiz and Javier Castillo. His singles were off Javier Vazquez and Julian Tavarez.