Monday, March 31, 2014

Chacho Madrigal - Ambidextrous Utility Player

Esau "Chacho" Madrigal
Chacho Madrigal pitching left-handed
Photo: Joselito Villero

Born: November 8, 1991
Hometown: Calexico, CA

High School: Calexico High School (2009)

College: Cal State East Bay 2014; 
Imperial Valley College (2010-2012)

Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Positions: P, 1B, OF
Throws: Both

Velocity: 86 mph left-handed
Pitches: fastball, changeup, curve

Chacho Madrigal is an ambidextrous pitcher and utility player - who plays first base and outfield in college. He is majoring in History with the goal of becoming a history teacher. 

“My main goal is to one day come back to the Valley, coach and open up doors for kids playing baseball,” he said, “the same way my coaches have helped me and help them with their education.”


Imperial Valley College 
As a sophomore he posted a 3-2 record and 4.02 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 53.2 innings. As a freshman, Madrigal was named to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team as a utility player as he hit for .340 while going 3-6 overall as a pitcher.

Cal State East Bay Pioneers
#23 Chacho Madrigal - Bio


Pioneer Baseball Adds Impressive Class of Newcomers for 2014

Finally, a player who doesn't fit into any single category: Esau "Chacho" Madrigal. A legitimately ambidextrous pitcher who also plays first base and outfield, Chacho Madrigal brings tremendous versatility to East Bay. A three-time All-League selection at Calexico High School in Calexico, Calif., he went onto play two seasons at Imperial Valley College and earn first-team All-Conference honors both years. As a sophomore in 2012, he hit .351 with a .462 on-base percentage and 23 RBI. Madrigal also made nine starts on the mound, going 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53.2 innings. He was recruited to play at Division I San Diego State, but suffered an injury to his left elbow (his stronger arm) that cost him the 2013 season. The Pioneers hope to use Madrigal in multiple roles this year.

Madrigal still swinging despite setbacks
July 23, 2013 | By Mario Renteria, Imperial Valley Press

Calexico High 2009 graduate Esau “Chacho” Madrigal was about to live his dream of playing college baseball at San Diego State University last year before an injury left him contemplating leaving the sport for good.

The ambidextrous pitcher suffered an injury to his left elbow, his strongest throwing arm, which caused SDSU to eventually retract its partial-scholarship offer from Madrigal.

After a year of rest, Madrigal went back to SDSU hoping to get another shot, which he didn’t get and left him wondering if he should quit.

Pitcher battles to return to the mound
March 31, 2012 | By RYAN LEON | Sports Writer

When Calexico native Esau “Chacho” Madrigal was 5 years old he broke his right arm during baseball season, forcing him to sit and watch his friends play. That didn’t sit well with the boy who absolutely loved the sport of baseball.

With his love for the game and determination, and some help from a coach in Enrique Lechuga, Madrigal learned how to throw with his left hand and soon found himself back on the field playing the game he loved.

It was that determination that helped him get through a much bigger obstacle at the peak of his young career.

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Madrigal throws gem for Arabs
February 22, 2012 | By TIM TUTTLE

Starter Chacho Madrigal pitched seven shutout innings to lead Imperial Valley College to an 8-2 victory over West Los Angeles in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday on the Arabs’ field.

Madrigal limited the Wildcats (2-3) to five scattered singles and didn’t allow a runner beyond first base. The left-hander struck out 11 and didn’t surrender a walk. After giving up a single to Hugo Rodriguez leading off the fourth inning, Madrigal picked him off.

IVC coach Jim Mecate removed the 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore because his pitch count had reached 91 and the Arabs had a 7-0 lead.

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