Mar 5, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT
The Reds’ phenom may not face another team until Monday, but he pitched in his first game yesterday. An intrasquad affair. Word is that he looked good. This stood out the most:
Chapman escaped the jam when he fired a 97-mph heater to strike out
Ryan Hanigan swinging. Next batter Wilkin Castillo saw a couple of
fastballs, broke his bat when he fouled off an 85-mph slider and swung
and missed on a perfectly thrown 82 mph changeup.
“I had no chance,” Castillo said of the final pitch. “He threw hard and was sneaky, too.”
All of the press on Chapman has been about his fastball, with some talk of a nascent changeup. Speed doesn’t last all that long — even guys like Lincecum lose a few m.p.h. relatively early in their careers — but if Chapman can really master his change he’s going to be terrifying.
Can’t wait to see the guy pitch in person.
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