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Don't hold your breath on Aroldis Chapman

May 15, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

Chapman small.jpgAroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg were often mentioned in the same breath this spring, but it’s become pretty clear that the Cuban left-hander isn’t anywhere near as polished as last year’s No 1 pick.

Chapman was hammered for a career-high eight runs over just 3 1/3 innings in an outing for Triple-A Louisville on Friday night, reports Mark Sheldon of He has a 9.64 ERA over three starts this month after posting a 1.29 ERA over his first four professional starts in April.

Chapman is lighting up the radar gun with regularity — averaging 10.5 K/9 along the way — but he simply doesn’t have a great idea of the strike zone yet. He has walked at least four batters in three out of his seven starts and has issued 21 free passes in just 35 innings, good enough for an average of 5.4 BB/9. He remains an impressive raw talent, but he’ll have to overcome his command issues before the Reds even think of bringing him to the major leagues.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - May 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    It’s interesting how Chapman has been unmentioned lately on Reds broadcasts. The trumpets and horns have gone silent (for now, at least).

  2. JBerardi - May 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    So they guy who walked a ton of batters in the hack-tastic Cuban leagues doesn’t have great control? No one could have predicted…

  3. lumberyard - May 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Give the kid a break. Yes, some control problems so far in the season. He is a kid. A kid coming from a very different situation than Strasburg. It would be fun to watch a 100+ MPH pitcher.

  4. D - May 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    He is 22. A little older than a kid. And who cares about throwing 100 mph when you can’t find the strike zone. For every Randy Johnson, there are tons of hard throwers who flame out.

  5. Jao - May 17, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    “after posting a 1.29 ERA over his first four professional starts in April.”
    Would love to know what you were saying about him at that moment? This is just a case of “What have you done for me lately?” Syndrome.

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