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Arolids Chapman's hands are too big to throw a changeup. Wha?

Sep 6, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

This is one I’ve never heard before. Ken Rosenthal spoke with Reds’ AAA pitching coach Ted “Tower of” Power, who says that Arolids Champan may need to figure out how to throw an offspeed pitch that isn’t a changeup because his hands are too big to effectively grip one. For now he’s using his slider as his offspeed pitch.

Thoughts:

1) When I saw Chapman pitch here in Columbus a few months ago he was definitely throwing an effective changeup. It wasn’t a slider, at any rate, as he threw some of those too, slotting in ahead of his changeups in velocity but below his fastball (it helps that I was sitting right behind home plate and couldn’t detect slider movement on many of his offspeed pitches as well).  Maybe Power’s point is about consistency with the change. Chapman was on the night I saw him. He got shelled in his next outing. Maybe the change wasn’t working;

2) For now Chapman can get away with only featuring two pitches because he’s in the pen. If the Reds return him to starting next season, he’s going to have to figure something out; and

3) Knuckleball, dude. You know in your heart it’s right. How awesome would it be to go from 103 m.p.h. to a flutterball? Probably physically impossible for a guy like Chapman, but if he could do it, I’d probably quit my job and become his butler.

  1. kyle s - Sep 6, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    forkball!

  2. Rohan Sadagopal - Sep 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    in honor of Bill Lee, the eephus

  3. Cougar Hunter - Sep 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Splitter. Looks like a fastball out of the hand, has sinking action, less velocity.

  4. walk - Sep 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Circle change. Grip it with last three fingers, leave tumb and forefinger off ball. Its ok if he throws it hard but he should not be able to throw it at his 4 seam velocity.

  5. JefeGrande - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    The whole thought behind a changup is getting more hand on the ball/gripping it deeper in your hand equals decreased velocity. So color me confused because it would seem that having big hands would be a plus.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    What, Craig? And abandon prophesying before the Heyward Child? Or would you merely be rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s?

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