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Reds' Chapman touches 100 mph against Dodgers

Mar 12, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

Aroldis Chapman’s second spring outing was just as impressive as his first, even if he couldn’t find his slider in a two-inning stint versus the Dodgers.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay, Chapman hit 100 mph on the gun while allowing two singles, walking none and striking out two in a pair of scoreless frames.
Chapman said after the game that he was struggling to finish his slider, so he opted to go fastball-changeup. According to Fay, both strikeouts came on changeups, one at 90 mph to Matt Kemp and another at 83 mph to Casey Blake.
Chapman is auditioning for the fifth spot in the Cincinnati rotation after signing a $30.25 million contract in the offseason. The Reds have been non-committal on whether they believe he’d be better off starting in the majors or in the minors. Catcher Ramon Hernandez, though, believes he’s not far away.
“I’ve only caught him four innings,” Hernandez said. “But if he’s not ready, he’s close.”

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Mar 13, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Humbug. Just a lame early ST attempt to pump up the ticket buyers. If this guy stinks, he’s “working on something”; if he’s good, “he’s ready”. At this time of year, Fay, like most of the hacks covering the team, will say whatever the team wants him to say. “100 mph” is a number, nothing more; we don’t know if he really threw that hard, or if it’s just hype.
    And what the heck is Hernandez supposed to say? “He’d better find that slider or he’s going to get killed”? “never mind the hype, he needs time in the minors to get used to life and pitching in this country”?

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