Scott Chiasson

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Scott Christopher Chiasson

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Scott Chiasson is a pitcher who signed with the Yokohama BayStars for the 2007 season.

Chiasson was 6-2 with 10 saves and a 2.51 ERA in his junior year at college and helped the team to a national title. He set a NCAA Division III tournament record with three saves. He made the Baseball America's and American Baseball Coaches Association's All-American teams for NCAA Division III. The Kansas City Royals took him in the fifth round of the 1998 amateur draft.

Chiasson debuted with the 1998 GCL Royals, going 2-0 with one save in 13 relief appearances and a 4.81 ERA; he did strike out over a batter per inning. On June 10 of the next year, he became the player to be named later in a deal to the Oakland Athletics for Jay Witasick. Assigned to the Southern Oregon Timberjacks, Scott was 2-2 with a 5.22 ERA, primarily being used as a starter. His WHIP was 1.72. In 2000, he emerged as a prospect when he had a 11-4, 3.06 record for the Visalia Oaks. He saved two games as well and struck out 150 batters in 156 innings pitched. He was 7th in the California League in ERA.

Scott was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the minor league section of the 2000 Rule V Draft that off-season. Moved back to the bullpen, he led the Chicago system with 34 saves. He was 3-4 with 24 saves and a 1.76 ERA in 52 games for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, allowing a .197 average and fanning 62 in 61 1/3 innings. With the Iowa Cubs, he saved 10 games in 11 appearances, allowing a .234 average and no walks while striking out 14 in 12 innings and posting a 2.25 ERA. In the 2001 Futures Game, he threw 1/3 of an inning for the US, allowing a hit and a walk. He ranked third in the minors in saves behind Jackson Markert and Edwin Almonte. Baseball America named him the top reliever in the Southern League and the #19 prospect, between Reed Johnson and Austin Kearns. A September call-up to Chicago, he was 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in six games for the 2001 Cubs.

Chiasson split 2002 between the same three teams as a year earlier but with worse results at each stop - 1-4, 7 Sv, 7.94 for Iowa, 0-0, 3.00 for West Tenn and 0-0, 23.14 for the major league Cubs in four May appearances. He had a .440 opponent average in the majors, .303 in AAA and .312 in AA, though his strikeout rate remained good. In July, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and only pitched 2 2/3 innings of rehab ball for the AZL Cubs in 2003. Scott pitched 27 games in 2004, doing well - with West Tenn, he was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, .88 WHIP and almost a strikeout per inning while with Iowa, he had a 1-0, 3.15 record, .225 opponent average and averaged one strikeout per inning pitched.

Chicago let the 27-year-old go and he signed with the Colorado Rockies. He allowed 17 runs in 16 innings for the 2005 Colorado Springs Sky Sox, losing both of his decisions and allowing a .342 average, though he struck out 18. He broke his left arm while diving to first once and asked for his release to spend time with his wife and new son. The Norwich Navigators were struggling with injuries, though, and coach Roger LaFrancois advised the club to pick up Chiasson. He had a 5.68 ERA in 15 games for them, but struck out 25 in 19 innings and allowed only a .217 average.

Leaving the San Francisco Giants chain after that short stint, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Bouncing back from the three years of injuries and struggles, Scott went 3-2 with 29 saves and a 1.91 ERA for the Louisville Bats. He allowed just a .195 average in 60 games and appeared in more outings than any other International League pitcher.

After that season, Scott signed with the Yokohama BayStars. In March, he was diagnosed with shoulder pain and he was still battling the injury months later. He never made it into a game in Japan. He joined the Mayos de Navojoa that winter and was 2-2 with 12 saves and a 3.08 ERA.

The Houston Astros signed Chiasson for 2008.

Sources: 1999-2006 Baseball Almanacs, Minorleaguebaseball.com, Eastern Connecticut University article on Chiasson

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