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Out of high school, Travis Chick was a 14th-round draft pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2002 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Dennis Cardoza and was first assigned to the GCL Marlins, where he was 3-2 with one save and a 2.76 ERA. In 2003, Chick was only 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA and allowed a .301 average while walking a batter every other inning. Moving up to full-season ball, he had a 6-4, 4.04 line for the Greensboro Bats, but had a 1.16 WHIP and 11 K/9. His 112 strikeouts were second on the team to Adam Bostick. The Marlins traded him to the San Diego Padres for Ismael Valdéz. He had a dominating seven starts for the Fort Wayne Wizards, going 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 9 walks and 55 K in 42 1/3 innings. His 11.24 strikeouts per nine innings that year placed him fifth in the minor leagues. Baseball America named him the #4 prospect in the San Diego chain.

The right-hander fell to 2-9, 5.27 with the Mobile BayBears in 2005, allwoing a .339 average to left-handed batters. He was again part of a mid-year trade, going with Justin Germano to the Cincinnati Reds for Joe Randa. Moving on to the Chattanooga Lookouts, he split four decisions with a 4.86 ERA.

Travis had a 4-5, 4.61 line for the Lookouts to start 2006 then was...what else?...traded in July. This time, he was sent to the Seattle Mariners for Eddie Guardado and cash considerations. Assigned to the San Antonio Missions, his pitching record was 4-2, 3.19 in 11 games. He was a September call-up and walked 10 in five innings in the majors, allowing 7 runs and having a 12.60 ERA in three outings with the 2006 Mariners.

Sources include 2003-2006 Baseball Almanacs

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