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Aroldis Chapman is on the fast track to the big leagues

Aug 5, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

In the form of his video blog for ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that Aroldis Chapman is very close to finding his way to the major leagues.

Thanks to some recent mechanical tweaks, the Cuban left-hander has made some real strides in his transition to the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run over his last 10 appearances, compiling an impressive 16/4 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings.

Olney reports that Chapman’s fastball was clocked as high as 103 mph on a couple of occasions during an outing the other night. Wow. The Reds haven’t talked about promoting him recently, however general manager Walt Jocketty plans to speak with manager Dusty Baker in the days ahead, perhaps as soon as this week.

It might not happen tomorrow, but look for the Reds to call him up relatively soon. They’ll undoubtedly want him to be eligible should they make the postseason.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    What role will he be in? The 8th inning guy?

  2. D.J. Short - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    I don’t know if they have a specific role in mind for him yet. He has been more effective against left-handers in general, so I’d imagine they may start him out that way? Nick Masset is their primary set-up man right now, though. I don’t think that will change.

  3. John_Michael - Aug 5, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Thought 1: bringing him up as the 8th inning guy is the fastest way to get him to the MLB. There’s less of a need to develop secondary pitches in relief stints.
    Thought 2: is it possible that the Cinci ownership has a fear that Dusty will go all Prior-like with Chapman down the stretch and run him out for multiple 125+ pitch outtings? And that the RP role is protecting his long term health?
    Thought 3: the 8th, next to closing games, is obviously the most valuable place to put your best pitcher.

  4. ben s - Aug 5, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    D.J., where ‘s Gleeman? I mean you’re a fantastic writer, I’m just curious to where Aaron is.

  5. D.J. Short - Aug 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    He’s at the SABR convention in Atlanta.

  6. Football - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Dusty has not come close abousing any of his young pitchers this year (Cueto, Wood, Leake) so I doubt the front office would be concerned with him abusing Chapman.

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