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Aroldis Chapman has been tearing it up lately: is Cincinnati in his future?

Aug 2, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

The Reds have been in need of an extra bullpen arm for a while this season, and whenever people have started talking about that need, the talk has turned to Aroldis Chapman.  At first he was off limits because he was starting. And then, after being moved the bullpen he was seen as a non-option because he was, well, sucking.

But now may be the time to call Chapman up because he’s tearing it up down in Louisville lately: he’s posted a 0.82 ERA and held opponents to a .175 batting average over his last 11 innings, with a 17/6 K/BB ratio over that time.

I still think that Champman needs to be given every chance to be a starter. But I also never thought the Reds would be in a pennant race into August either, so maybe it may be better to punt those plans until next spring.

  1. sportsgenious - Aug 2, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    tearing it up? it’s been 11 innings.

  2. DelmonTurtleYoung - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Agreed. I think he should be called up for bullpen help but not because of his last 11 innings, but because the Reds need to see what they have in Chapman and hopefully a lefty out of the ‘pen will give Old Man Rhodes a rest. It is not really that much of a gamble, have you seen their bullpen? Besides Co-Co, Rhodes, and Massetl; there is quite the fall off in efficiency. Give the kid a shot.

  3. Tom - Aug 3, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Chapman has pitched as a starter and reliever this year as well as times in Cuba, which is a s good as some low Major League teams. This is how you build his confidence and at the same time give him experience in where the club wants him in the first place. They aren’t paying him the Millions of dollars to pitch in the minors. He hasn’t experienced any am problems and he has adjusted well to the change from starter to reliever. Dusty is an experienced manager and will find spots to protect Chapman on a situation by game basis. If you trade for someone you never know what the reaction will be. Chapman wants to be in the Majors, he has shown he is capable and in doing so deserves an opportunity to show what he can do. Isn;t this the reason there are minor leagues, to develop your players for the Majors?

  4. 61Reds - Aug 3, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Actually the Reds bullpen has been very good lately, better than they have been all year. I would not include Coco as one of the better performers however. He’s been an adventure each time he takes the mound. Jordan Smith and Ondrusek have been particularly effective. We have an abundance of young starters. If Chapman could be groomed as a lights out closer in the the mold of say Mariano Rivera, now that would be huge.

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