Chaz Roe

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Pitcher Chaz Roe was a first-round draft pick who took eight years to reach the majors.

He went 7-2 with a 0.63 ERA as a high school senior, fanning 89 and allowing only 29 hits in 56 innings. Baseball America picked him third-team All-American, joining Jeremy Bleich, Brett Jacobson, Brian Matusz and Ryan Tucker as the pitchers so honored. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2005 amateur draft, the #32 overall pick and Colorado's second (after Troy Tulowitzki). The choice was compensation for the loss of Vinny Castilla to free agency. He was signed by scout Scott Corman and made his pro debut that summer with the Casper Rockies of the Pioneer League, where he went 5-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 12 starts. He tied for 9th in the league in wins and struck out 55 in 49 2/3 IP but also walked 36, tying Ryan Marion for second in the loop. Baseball America named him Colorado's 4th-best prospect.

He spent the 2006 season with the Asheville Tourists, going 7-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 19 starts. He tied for 8th in the South Atlantic League with 12 hit batsmen. The next year, he went 7-11 with a 4.33 ERA as a member of the Modesto Nuts rotation. In 170 1/3 innings, he had 73 walks and 131 strikeouts. He was tied for 5th in the California League in losses (even with Anthony Ortega), third in walks (after Javy Guerra and Jordan Pratt), 10th in ERA, first in lowest opponent average, second in innings (behind Brandon Hynick) and 6th in strikeouts. Among Rockies minor leaguers, he tied Ryan Mattheus and Simon Ferrer for the most defeats, was 4th in strikeouts and tied Sam Deduno for second in walks.

Chaz split 2008 between Modesto (2-1, 5.49) and the Tulsa Drillers (5-4, 4.27). In 2009, he had a 7-3, 3.15 record for Tulsa and was 5th in the [{Texas League]] in ERA (between Trevor Reckling and Tommy Mendoza). He made it to AAA with the 2010 Colorado Springs Sky Sox but bombed (9-13, 5.98, .325 opponent average). He was second in the 2010 PCL in losses (one behind Cesar Carrillo), was third in hits allowed (210, behind Matt Torra and Josh Geer), was second in earned runs allowed (115, trailing Lance Broadway) and was second in runs allowed (105, also behind Broadway). Among Rockies farmhands, he was second in losses and allowed the most hits, runs and earned runs.

Roe was then dealt to the Seattle Mariners for José López but was 0-7 with two saves, a 6.59 ERA and .319 opponent average for the 2011 Tacoma Rainiers. Seattle let him go at year's end. Then, in January 2012, he tested positive for amphetamine, giving him a 50-day suspension whenever he signed with a MLB club. He spent the summer in the independent leagues, going 3-2 with a save, 1.47 ERA and 69 K to 7 BB over 55 IP for the Laredo Lemurs. He was 6th in the American Association with 49 games pitched.

Chaz next signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2013. After finally serving his suspension, he did well with the Mobile BayBears (0-1, Sv, UER in 2 1/3 IP) and the Reno Aces (4 Sv, 2 R in 9 IP). He was called up to the majors when Trevor Cahill went on the DL. He made his MLB debut in a 13-inning, 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Replacing J.J. Putz in the 10th, he allowed a single to Omar Quintanilla but retired Andrew Brown, Eric Young Jr. and Daniel Murphy. In the 11th, he walked David Wright, fanned Marlon Byrd and got Josh Satin on a grounder. After an intentional walk to John Buck, he walked Anthony Recker on a full count to load the bases. Tony Sipp relieved to face Quintanilla and escaped the jam.

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