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Jocketty happy with Aroldis Chapman's progress as a reliever

Jun 29, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he is pleased with Aroldis Chapman’s transition to the bullpen.

“Excellent,” GM Walt Jocketty said when asked how Chapman was doing
as a reliever. “His last time out [on Saturday], he pitched one inning
and faced two left-handed hitters and struck them out. He got the
right-hander out. In that one performance, he was dominating.”

Chapman has allowed one run over three innings in two relief appearances with Triple-A Louisville, striking out five and walking one. The Cuban fireballer was scheduled to work two innings behind the rehabbing Edinson Volquez on Tuesday night.

As for when we’ll see Chapman debut in the big leagues, there’s at least a chance it could be before the end of July.

“It’ll be some time after the All-Star break before we make a decision,”
Jocketty said.

Chapman’s control, as evidenced by his walk rate of 5.4 BB/9 in the minors, is still a work in progress, but seeing his 100+ mph fastball is sure to be a real treat from the outset. Let’s just hope the Reds don’t keep him in the bullpen for long.   

  1. CYGNUS X-1 - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    could a team other than the reds screw up a prospect this bad?you knew he wasn’t ready when you signed him but fans like myself figured hey as long as they don’t rush him he will be fine.well because ownership is to cheap to pay what it takes to get a real closer they are not only rushing him but making him a reliever? and after 1 apearance he will be ready to pitch in the majors before the end of july?yea nevermind he can’t control that 100mph fastball and walks a ton of batters just bring him up now!um isn’t that the problem they have with thier current closer?you know the guy who throws it 95 but can’t get anybody out?yhey should have done what thenationals did and started this kid out at AA let him dominate and get confidace then move him up to AAA before bringing him up.those fans and jockerty who wanted him up before he was ready better not cry when he washes out because they rushed him.

  2. geoknows - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    “could a team other than the reds screw up a prospect this bad?”
    See: Joba Chamberlain, Yankees.

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