Matt Chico Poised To Make Major League Debut For Washington Nationals

April 3, 2007

LOS ANGELES -- Former USC pitcher Matt Chico is poised to become the 94th Trojan to play in the major leagues with a scheduled start on Wednesday for the Washington Nationals.

The left-hander appeared in one season at USC (2002), where he went 6-4 with a 5.45 ERA for the Trojans. He was later drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003 in the third round after a season at Palomar College and reached the AA level before being traded to the Nationals in a deal for Livan Hernandez.

Chico went 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA during spring training for Washington. He made five starts and threw 22 2/3 innings with 27 hits, nine walks and 13 strikeouts. Last season, he went 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA for Tennessee (AA) and 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts for Harrisburg (AA).

Last season, a total of 17 former Trojans played in at least one game in the majors

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