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Reds' Chapman tosses two scoreless in debut

Mar 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Aroldis Chapman in reds uni.jpgWhile 2009 No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg is set to throw his first pitch in a Nationals uniform on Tuesday, Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his Cactus League debut earlier this afternoon.

Appearing in relief of Bronson Arroyo, Chapman tossed two scoreless frames, allowing only one hit while striking out three. 15 of his 26 pitches were thrown for strikes. But what will really have people talking is the supposed velocity of those pitches.

According to this report by Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today, Chapman’s heater reached as high as 102 mph during the contest, while he struck out Chris Getz looking on a 100-mph fastball. I’m a bit skeptical until I see more data, but as Keith Law of ESPN.com perfectly summed up following his outing:

Two word scouting report on Aroldis Chapman: That’ll work.

I’m not sure how much we can glean from a two inning appearance, but Chapman shouldn’t be discounted from starting the season with the big club. Not yet, anyway. We’ve heard Dusty Baker can’t wait to work with him.

  1. coolsax - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    Yeah but we all know Dusty can’t wait to overwork his pitchers either, Ie Kerry Wood, Mark Prior.

  2. Spice - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    It is sad that another owner is going to let Dusty Baker get his hands on another young promising arm too early. It’s a shame. Chapman was looking like he might be the real thing and Baker will destroy him as he has destroyed so many others before him. Maybe the Reds need “Joba Rules” for Chapman.

  3. george - Mar 8, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    who lets his pitcher throw it 102 mph early in spring training?

  4. Dwayneearl - Mar 8, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Cubs fans know there is a special place in hell for Dusty for what he did to Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.

  5. Mike - Mar 8, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    That’s true, Wood and Prior have been paragons of health aside from when pitching under Dusty.

  6. eph521 - Mar 8, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    what monkey say, next monkey say…
    somebody said it once: “Baker ruined Wood and Prior, he overused them.” and now every J,D,H repeats it.

  7. D.J. Short - Mar 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Right. Sarcasm on my part.

  8. YX - Mar 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    what monkey say, next monkey say…
    somebody said it once: “1+1=2″ and now every J,D,H repeats it.

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