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Price: Chapman should eventually start

Posted on: September 3, 2011 12:28 pm
 
ChapmanBy Evan Brunell

Reds pitching coach Bryan Price believes Aroldis Chapman will eventually start, perhaps as early as next season.

“I can’t guarantee anything because it will be an organizational decision,” Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “However, I do think at some point he’s going to have a chance to start. I think it’s something we will definitely be looking at."

Chapman is in his first full season in the majors, after finishing out 2010 as a reliever in the bigs. He has a 3.89 ERA in 41 1/2 innings, punching out 62 and walking 34. The lefty had a bout of control issues earlier in the year that resulted in a phantom DL move to get him work in the minors. Since returning, he has a 2.51 ERA in 28 2/3 innings, whiffing 47 and walking 14.

“He’s filled a need for us," Price said. "He helped last year late in the season and this year as the second left-hander to Billy Bray. That was a void. But I would think in the near future he’ll be getting an opportunity to start. That was the intent when we initially signed him.”

Price believes Chapman could succeed even more as a starter, as it would allow Price to work with the Cuban defector in-between starts on improving his game.

“Right now, he’s pitching pretty much fastball, slider and attacking the zone,” Price noted. “He’s been really good commanding the zone, working ahead, not spending too much time trying to be right on the corner. He’s staying away from the deep counts. He’s getting guys where they have to swing.”

Despite pitching with just two pitches, Price doesn't believe that would be an issue in a starting capacity.

“Randy Johnson used a change-up, split-fingered pitch later in his career when he lost some velocity more so than early. [Chapman] has a change-up, and I think he has a good change-up," Price said. "To say he needs it, I don’t know if I’d say that. However, if it’s a serviceable pitch, it’s certainly something he would have in his mix.”

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hotmeuly
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Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start

It's a good thing Chapman also has a very good slider to go along with that fastball then.Smile  I agree he needs to work on his control but if all he had was a fastball he would never have made it past a few weeks in the majors.



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start

Pej,

Review last year.
Playoffs, first round.
He even was smacked by Chooch.
As I said, the Phillies live for fastballs.
Except Victorino who always whiffs at high heat, the Phillies feast on it.
It's dropping sliders, curveballs in the dirt that strike out the Phillies.
I can only imagine the same for Fielder, Braun, Pujols, etc.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 6:53 am
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start


Where did you get the stat that Joba Chamberlin lost 8 miles an hour on his fastball? If that actually happened, it had nothing to do with switching between starter and reliever. Chapman HAS to be a starter, or it's a collosal waste of potential, and not to mention money. They did have to bid pretty high to land Chapman in the first place, and you can be sure that he would be a starter in any other organization. Just because he's proven to be a valueable bullpen arm, doesn't mean he stays there. I'm sure Justin Verlander would also make a fine bullpen arm.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start

a reliever only pitches 81 innings make barely affeting their team.  A starter pitches roughly 200 innings, not making your best pitcher a starter is a mistake.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start

This would be a bad move for the Reds. Chapman is a solid reliever, & he would have to sacrifice some speed for stamina.  For example, Joba Chamberlain lost around 8 miles an hour on his fastball when the Yankees moved him to starter & now he is a crappy reliever.  It would be better for the Reds if they kept Chapman in the pen



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start

I'd love to see Chase Utley and Ryan Howard try to catch up to Aroldis Chapman's 105 MPH fastball... Let me know how that works out for them...See you next year when he is in the rotation



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Price: Chapman should eventually start

Expect an ERA over 4.

He hurls a lot of balls.
Only seeing him against the Phils, his location needs work. If the Cardinals and Brewers, not to mention other NL teams see him enough they will enjoy his fastballs. I always see Ryan Howard swing at slow curveballs and sliders down, but sluggers will be juiced to take Chapman deep.


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