He's an absolute stud with an impossibly filthy slider. The only thing that I worry about with him is that now a days hard throwing pitchers like him seem to be hand in hand with tommy john elbow surgery at some point in their career (stephen strasburg for example). I just really hope he can stay healthy.
Sooooo, My Reds signed Aroldis Chapman, BQ inside?
First off, Nomo threw 2 no-hitters, and recorded almost 2,000 strikeouts in a 10 year career. Not hall of fame credentials, true... but he's no Hideki Irabu. Daisuke has also found a fair amount of success, even if he is not exactly C.C. Sabathia.
That being said, the Reds have one of the more promising looking young rotations out there. We'll have to see how Volquez recovers from his injury woes in 2010. It's not exactly time to think NL Central champions.
That being said, I'm not disappointed that he did not sign with Florida. As it is, we've got 6 awesome looking young starters for a 5-man rotation... and we're not exactly known from dropping 13 million for much of anything, much less a single prospect.
Speaking of which, I would have hoped we would have gotten something for Dan Uggla by now. It's not that I'd want to see 30 HRs and 90 RBIs leave Miami, it's just that I know it's GOING to happen, and I'd rather we get something for it rather than just waving goodbye.
Who do you think will have a better career? Stephen Strasburg or Aroldis Chapman?
I think Aroldis Chapman will have a better career. First of all, I think Chapman is a little bit more of an unknown so we can assume that under some good coaching, we will see some signficant improvement. Both players have some real issues (as in problems) with there delivery. I saw some highlights of Strasburg pitching today and I did not like what I saw. I think we may see him having some serious arm injuries in a few years. Does Strasburg have talent, yes of course he does - he can throw 100mph and that's something that your born with (you can't teach a player to throw 100 mph).
Chapman's mechanics have more to do with his release point and his timing of his right foot hitting the ground and releasing the ball. There is some real tweaking that needs to be done but the good news is that it's "tweaking to get the ball over the plate" vs changing the mechanic to reduce to strain on the arm which can cause injury.
Strasburg doesn't throw with his body, he's all arm. You can really see it when the throws from the stretch. That leaves me to have some real concern about his career. If Strasburg remains a starter, I am convinced he is going to have arm injuries - specifically his shoulder and rotator cuff - he might as well have Dr. Andews on speed dial. Lastly, I am not a big fan of pitchers coming out of college. They are tend to have the same look about them, and Strasburg is not different. They all throw relatively hard, have had success in college then come to the professional ranks then get hurt. I don't know if it's the coaching in college that leads to these injuries or the fact that many college coaches ignore pitch counts.
Chapman has four things going for him which are exciting. 1) He can throw 100mph 2) He's a Lefthanded Pitcher who can throw 100mph, which is very exciting - there aren't that many of them around 3) as I mentioned before he will have exposure to some of the best pitching coaches on the planet now, that's not a "knock" on the Cuban pitching coaches, in fact pitching is the one area in which Cuban players have made the adjustment incredibly well. Also historically throughout the history of the major leagues, Cubans have been successful pitchers - El Duque, Livan Hernandez, Danys Baez, Luis Tiant and José Contreras. 4) Chapman is a lefthanded pitcher who throws hard but has suspect control. If you look at every really successful hard throwing left handed pitcher from Sandy Koufax (who was said to reach the high 90's) to Randy Johnson has had control issues early on. I can remember watching Randy Johnson as a kid pitching for the Montreal Expos and he could throw 100mph but was scary wild. If Chapman follows that course, I suspect he will have great success in his 30's - as a matter of fact, I will guess that is he wins 200 games (that's a lot of game and is clearly an optimistic number) - 120 of those wins will come after the age of 30.
Injuries will be the key to both of these players success and failures. If I had to choose between a 100mph right hander or 100mph left hander - I would take the 100 left hander every time. Finding a left handed pitcher who can throw that fast is very difficult to and if you do find it - you keep them (and you must have patience because the payoff may not come until down the road). So there you are - Chapman is my guess and I have given my reasons but it's a crapshoot.
alright various reasons.
1. is sdride is 120% of a 6'4 height. thwe average is 80%. lincecum is 129% though
2. his release point is farther. he releases the ball after it passes his foot. most do it a little before it passes the foot. according to tom house he says that 1 foot farther makes it seem 3 mph faster. making that 105mph ball like 108mph fastball
3. his hip and shoulder seperation his about 65%. randy johnsons wa 60% average is about 40-60.
4. he has great mechanics.
5. his upper body is like sabathia
6. his lower body is like randy johnson
7. he was born with god given talent.
that is how he throws so damn fast.
EDIT: 2. actually doesnt have to do with speed. but it makes the batter have less time to react. and adds an imaginary 3mph to his pitch
Yu Darvish, Aroldis Chapman, or Stephen Strasburg: which big-time pitching prospect would you most want?
Only one of these will ever be a successful big league pitcher,
I like your choice best as he seems to know already how to pitch and has a really good fast ball. (It moves) plus a decent curve. If he can come up with either a good change or splitter, he will be devastating.
I dont think you could attach the word bargain to him in any way, but anyone who throws 100mph can be a dominate guy, unless your name is Kyle Farnsworth. Just about any team will take a chance on a guy who can hit tripple didits. The question is how much money is it going to cost a team to take that chance.
Comparing Aroldis Chapman, Stephen Strasburg, and Tim Lincecum?
I don't really think so. Look at Lincecum he's a shorty in the Majors and yet his Velocity is 97 miles an hour and he's young. This means he really got something. He is young and maybe he'll improve more in a couple of years so I don't really think these 2 has a shot at him.
Will Aroldis Chapman become a starting pitcher for the red ?
He broke the world record for fastest pitch at 105 not 116 mph. And yes, I think he will eventually make his way to the rotation. He is just dominating the bullpen right now. Maybe not this year, but I think he should be in the rotation next year. If he continues to be this dominant, The Reds will eventually move him into the rotation.
Cuban Pitcher Aroldis Chapman signs with Reds. Your thoughts on this?
Didn't expect the Reds of all teams to get him.
Personally, I don't think he's worth the money. He has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues and is already making $6 million a year. As a Yankees fan, you remember Jose Contreras and how hyped he was. He didn't turn out bad or anything but was not worth the money. I see the same with Chapman.
Will Aroldis Chapman get the fifth spot in Cincinnati's rotation?
No, he won't be getting the 5th spot in the rotation coming out of Spring Training. Chapman needs some time in the minor leagues. He has some mechanical issues that need to be addressed - specifically the release of the ball and angle of his arm when his right foot hits the ground. The ball tends to sail on him. I think he may have a good chance to come up in August/September and get a look at from Reds management. For that kind of money, he's definitely going to be part of the future. However right now, he needs work - and the type of work where it won't cost the Reds games and that means he will be playing for the Louisville Bats of the International League
While Cuba has produced some pretty good players, Chapman has never consistently faced talent like he's going to face in the Major Leagues. He did well in the World Baseball Classic but you know what - there aren't to many Netherlands or Panama's in the Major Leagues. Historically, position players have not done well in the Major Leagues (hell, the best Cuban hitters were pitchers El Duque and Livan Hernandez), Rey Ordonez couldn't hit the side of a barn and Yuniesky Betancourt is the best offensive defector by far - and that's not saying much, Why does this matter? Well, if the best position players in Cuban baseball can't get out of the minor leagues - of course Chapman's numbers are going to be impressive. Look, does Chapman have talent - absolutely, he can throw the ball 102mph - you can't teach that.
While I'm not surprised that a team paid big bucks to get Chapman, I'm just surprised it's the Reds. Historically, Cuban defectors have been productive in the Major League but for a mid-size/small market team like the Reds dropping that kind of cash seems "risky". He's far from a sure thing to be worth that kind of money. I mean the Reds do have some video tape of him and have seen him play in the WBC and other events the Cuban National Team but that's a lot of loot. Getting a player like Chapman would seemed more like a "luxury" for many teams.
Should be interesting - the fact he's in Cinncy should help, won't get killed by the media.
What do you think of the Cincinnati Red's signing of Aroldis Chapman?
Being a Reds fan, i think it is good. We have a very young rotation that when they mature, they will dominate. And to the people who say that he will be a bust, name one player that throws over 100 that sucks. Besides Kyle Farnsworth.
He will likely be the lefty specialist in the pen to start the year. If Cordero falters, he'll close. My guess is he is their closer by July. He may start down the road, but not this year.
He will have fantasy value, b/c he'll have a tiny ERA and huge K's.
will Aroldis Chapman be able to sign as soon as he arives in the US?
There's going to be a bit more to it than that.
First he has to establish residency somewhere. If he were to do so in a country other than the US or Canada, he will be a free agent and will be eligible to sign with any team he chooses immediately. (For the purposes of this rule, players in Puerto Rico or any other US territory are considered to be US residents.) If for some odd reason he chose to establish his residency in the US or its' territories, or in Canada, he would have to wait for next years draft.
Needless to say, being a resident of a different country will be a tremendous advantage to him.
My guess is he gets that done, gets signed fairly quickly, and sent to the minors (My guess would be at least AA ball, and more likely AAA)
He may make it to the bigs pretty quickly, but more likely he will spend at least a month or two in the minors. Depends on who signs him. If a team has a good pitching staff, they may leave him in the minors, or wait until September to call him up. A team that needs pitching desperately (or maybe even a team that is hopelessly out of it and wants to "boost the gate") would probably move him up more quickly.
As for his pitches, he only throws 2 - a fastball and a 2 seamer.
There's a link below to a decent scouting report on him.
The Reds do not want to jeopardize this young pitcher's future with premature burnout caused by overuse at a very early age. (Think Stephen Strasbourg here).
They will use him here and there as a closer and keep that arm healthy. HIs maximum innings of pitching for this year and next will be limited to maybe 80 or 90 innings. And only in 1 or 2 innings at a time with a day of rest mixed in 2 or 3 times a week.
Maybe, in two or three years, they will consider him as being mature enough to start.
Will the 2 year extension Dusty Baker just received be a enough time to blow out Aroldis Chapman's arm?
I'm amazed that teams entrust their young stars to this clown. Don't they remember JT Snow saving little Baker from getting speed bumped at home plate years ago? This fool is absolutely clueless when it comes to handling young talent but the Reds, like the Cubs before them, will apparently have to learn the hard way.
I wouldn't trust this moron to manage a Little League team and those youngsters that have been Baker's return ticket to the playoffs will be washed up within 3 years.
Is Aroldis Chapman's destiny to be in the bullpen?
He has the talent to be a starter as stated. He's making the money of a starter or incredible closer.
If he wants to throw his 105 mph fastball continuosly his destination will be a closer. If he becomes a closer he has the potentiol if healthy to be one of the greatest with the heat he's throwing. But Newton's Law of physics, for every action there is an equal and oppisite reaction. If someone as bad as Jed Lowrie of the Red Sox gets a hold of it good enough, there's a great chance of a homerun. That being said, it will remain to be hard to hit. Not to get technical and using science, but you have to think further. Throwing that kind of junk will lead to major shoulder problems.
Should I keep Rafael Soriano and Aroldis Chapman on my fantasy teams?
I always play HOLDS leagues, so the "lowly" 8th inning guys are quite valuable...
W/O Holds, however, they are good for the final three categories and rogue wins and saves here and there - Good set up men will always help your ERA and Whip - and the one's you've got have high "K" upside as well...
I believe Chapman will take over the closer role sooner rather than later, and Soriano was brought in to allow Rivera a few less back-to-back saves - so he might provide modest save totals.
In short, I like 'em. Especially if you have a couple other solid CL at your disposal - then when they pan-out, you'll be golden...
Is it possible that the cubs could get aroldis chapman the guy that defected from Cuba?
I think they have a great shot. He will be demanding 25-30 million to sign though, but Im sure Wrigley field and the baseball tradition in Chicago is something a Cuban Defector can appreciate.
The thing about him is he will need developing in the minor leagues, even with his 100mph fastball and off speed stuff he is very promising, but not as polished a prospect as say, Strasburg.
Thanks for the question, Hope this helps!
Flamethrower Aroldis Chapman signs with Reds for 30 million dollars. Are they now a contender?
You never know. I'm pumped about him coming to Cincy, but if there is one thing I have learned in all my years as a baseball fan, don't trust a prospect. It happens so much, a team gets a guy who is supposed to be the next big thing, the arm of the future, or a future star, then he...............fails miserably. I'm not saying that's what will happen to Chapman, all the signs point to a good career, but just don't get your hopes up too much until it happens. It seems like it happens a lot with the reds, although prospects have been working out well for them lately. I remember the hype around Austin Kearns, Willy Mo Pena, Brandon Larson, Pokey Reese, Travis 'Gooky' Dawkins, Ty Howington....you get the point, I could name them for days. My point is, to Reds fans or baseball fans in general, they don't make it until they make it. More often than not, prospects fall flat on their faces.
With that said, I will not take my own advice, and I will get my hopes up, because I'm a Reds fan and that's the only hope we have. I'm excited and I hope he works out.
How long before Aroldis Chapman is on the Reds Major league team?
not until the Reds are sure his back is fine. They want him to pitch in the minors so he can take it easy and not worry about losing games. If he loses in the minors because he's rehabbing the Reds will be fine with that
Will Aroldis Chapman go on waivers in my yahoo fantasy league once he gets called up?
He'll stay a FA until you,or another team picks him up.
If then one of you drops him,he'll have to be bidded for through waivers; And,if he clears waivers without being picked up,he will once again become a FA.
Considering the velocity on Aroldis Chapman's fastball, will his velocity record ever be broken?
Will it be broken? Yes, maybe Chapman himself might break it. And someone might randomly break 105 some day.
But no one will get it up there consistently...Chapman is a once in a generation type of pitcher, so it will be long time until someone else comes along.
Do you think that Aroldis Chapman with have an impact this year?
From everything I've read about him, he has great stuff and a lot of potential, but as of this point he's extremely raw. He needs a lot of seasoning in the minor leagues before reaching the big leagues. I don't expect him to be called up to the Reds this season. We might see him get a couple of spot starts or some bullpen work next season, but I think it will be at least 2012 before he earns a permanent spot in the Reds rotation.
Choking implies that you are a good player, but you can't perform under pressure or in key situations.
That wouldn't apply to Chapman, a 23 yo kid who never started in the majors.
That would be an experiment...if it fails he goes back to the bullpen.
Are the Yankees going to sign Aroldis Chapman or even make a play for him?
there gonna sign him but he will be far from dominate if you look at past international play he has never been dominate in fact the only thing he really offers is a awesome fast ball i say they try to make a move for around a 25 mill 2 year deal and let him develop for like half a season in the minors and if he comes up good give him an extension he still needs to work on his secondary pitches and he can be an easy 3 starter
Unless they wanna see another Strasburg repeat, they better be cautious with him and try get him to stay under 100mph if they want to keep him for a while. The arm will otherwise wear out sooner and the chances of injury are much greater for these new guys. You don't want a repeat to happen, it was quite sad to see Strasburg go down like that, so young, and so promising... and for a definite future super star to fall to tommy john surgery is surely a sad thing to see. So if the Reds pitching instructor wants to see this guy do well over a period of time, he'd get him to stay under 100mph, and perhaps use the high heat strike out pitch and clock 100. But that's for the Reds mgmt to decide and for Chapman to decide, how long they want him to remain healthy. Once they've been around a while, and have proven track records, and he shows that he can do it w/o getting injured and have surgery, then maybe start hitting triple digits a little more later on. But his is really a matter of health more than anything else.
Who is Better Between Stephen Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman?
Stephen Strasburg 5-2 2.33 ERA in the Majors
Aroldis Chapman 6-6 4.15 ERA in AAA
Strasburg is the best young pitcher since Mark Prior, not to mention one of the biggest names in baseball. You ask the casual fan who Strasburg is, they know exactly who you're talking about. You say Aroldis Chapman to a casual fan, they have no clue what you're talking about. Strasburg is more marketable, that's why his jersey is the #1 selling jersey in baseball. And he can back it up with his pitching. If he got any run support he'd be easily 7-1. One of the top 10 pitchers in the game right now.
EDIT: Michaela- Are you on drugs? You're saying Travis Wood is better than Strasburg because of 1 game against a team that hasn't been able to hit all year. (and yes Wood has been good, but come on) Anybody who thinks Strasburg just "throws hard" obviously has never taken the time to watch him pitch when the Nationals are on TV. He has a Changeup that completely falls off the table at 90 mph and a wicked Curve.