A Shot in the Arm, Saints Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Robert Coe, Add Reliever Dylan ChavezST. PAUL, MN March 24, 2015
A SHOT IN THE ARM, SAINTS RE-SIGN STARTING PITCHER ROBERT COE, ADD RELIEVER DYLAN CHAVEZ
ST. PAUL, MN (March 24, 2015) – Expect the signings to come fast and furious for the St. Paul Saints over the next month as they get set to open up their inaugural season at CHS Field. A familiar face will toe the rubber as the Saints re-signed right-handed starter Robert Coe and have added left-handed reliever Dylan Chavez.
The 27-year-old Coe was 5-7 with a 6.60 ERA and one complete game shutout in 16 starts for the Saints last season. In 90.0 innings he walked 44 and struck out 64 while opponents hit .304 against him. Coe showed flashes of brilliance last year reminding fans of the dominant 2012 season he had with the Saints before having his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for 2013.
In back-to-back starts in June he was dominant as he struck out a career high eight on June 1 at New Jersey in a masterful two run, four hit, 7.0 inning performance. In his next outing he tossed his first 9.0 inning complete game shutout when he three-hit the Sioux City Explorers and topped his career high with nine strikeouts.
Coe is currently in the top 10 in a number of pitching categories in Saints history including tied for fifth in wins (20), seventh in strikeouts (170) and eighth in innings pitched (267.2).
Coe had one of the best single-seasons in Saints history in 2012 and then went through an unusual off-season following that season. The Diamondbacks purchased his contract on November 26, 2012. He was released by the Diamondbacks and was re-signed by the Saints on March 25, 2013. The Diamondbacks purchased his contract for a second time on April 30, 2013 and he spent the 2013 season in the Diamondbacks organization. He split time between Single-A South Bend and High-A Visalia where Coe went 5-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 23 games (19 starts) including one complete game. In 121.1 innings pitched he walked 48 and struck out 96 while opponents hit .257 against him. He earned the Midwest Pitcher of the Week on May 27 after pitching 9.0 shutout innings allowing three hits and striking out eight over two appearances (one start, one relief).
Coe caught the eye of the Diamondbacks and the entire American Association after his impressive 2012 season. He went 12-5 with a 2.91 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) with two complete games and a shutout. In 139.1 innings he walked 59 while striking out 87 and opponents hit just .240 against him. He finished tied for second in the league in wins and games started and third in ERA. He set the franchise record for innings pitched, surpassing Charlie Ruud’s (2007) record of 138.2, and games started, which was held by five different pitchers who had 20 starts. He tied the franchise record of 12 wins, which he holds with four other players, Jim Manfred (1996), Jake Whitney (2002), Kevin Foster (2003) and Ruud (2008). His 2.91 ERA was ninth best in franchise history.
Coe’s season was filled with honors for his impressive work earning Pitcher of the Month for July going 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA and one complete game in eight starts. He had a string of 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings.
Prior to the 2012 season Coe pitched just 12.1 innings at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and that came in 2011 during his senior year. He went 1-1 with a 0.73 ERA and two saves. He was signed by the Saints on June 21, 2011 and went 3-1 with a 4.93 ERA in 18 games (one start). His finest appearance of the season came in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs when he allowed one run in 6.0 innings against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
The 23-year old Chavez is coming off one of his finest seasons as a pitcher going 4-5 with a 2.93 ERA and three saves in 31 relief appearances at Single-A Kannapolis in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 58.1 innings pitched he walked 27 and struck out 42 while opponents hit a miniscule .214 against him.
Chavez was originally selected in the 32nd round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2011 by the Minnesota Twins out of American River College in Sacramento, but did not sign. The following season the Boston Red Sox selected Chavez in the 14th round out of the University of Mississippi.
The left-handed reliever progressively got better over his first three seasons in professional baseball. He began 2012 at Low-A Lowell in the New York-Penn League before being promoted to Single-A Greenville. Between the two stops Chavez went 1-4 with an 8.36 ERA.
The next season Chavez was 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA in 11 relief appearances at Lowell. The Red Sox released him on December 13, 2013 and the Chicago White Sox signed him as a free agent where he went on to have a stellar 2014 campaign.
The Saints have signed nine players during the off-season, five position players and four pitchers.
The Saints will open CHS Field on Thursday evening May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
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