Aroldis Chapman no longer the Reds closer

Posted: February 17, 2013 by Codey Harrison in Uncategorized
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Aroldis Chapman

The 24-year-old Cuban defect Aroldis Chapman has become a sensation with his electric fastball that has been clocked as high as 106 mph in his young MLB career. Since signing with the Cincinnati Reds, Chapman has exclusively worked out of the bullpen, and became the clubs closer in 2012. Pitching coach Bryan Price, and  general manager Walt Jocketty have welcomed the team’s decision to transition Chapman to a starting pitcher.

Red’s manager Dusty Baker, however is not the biggest supporter of the club’s decision to transition Chapman to the rotation. The Red’s manager is going to miss having the luxury of being able to hand the ball to a lefty with 106 mph heat.

Cincinnati has decided that Chapman is more valuable as a starter getting 200 innings, versus 70 inning’s as a closer. Of course Chapman likely wouldn’t exceed 150 inning’s in 2013, his first season as a starter.

Chapman finished 2012 with 38 saves, struck out 15.3 hitter’s per nine innings, with an impressive a 1.51 ERA. The decision to transition Chapman to the ‘pen is a little easier knowing the 2012 pick-up Jonathan Broxton is capable of being a succesful replacement to the young fire baller Chapman.

Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to see if Chapman’s transition goes smoother than Joba Chamberlin, Neftali Feliz, and Daniel Bard experiments went with the respective clubs.


Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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