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How are the Reds going to use Aroldis Chapman next year?

Oct 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

Aroldis Chapman

Dusty Baker has one answer:

“I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.  Because it’s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you haven’t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is unbelievable.  So probably somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.”

But the man who got that quote — John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer — says that Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty was clear in saying that Chapman would be a starter the last time they spoke.

I can’t help but think that if Dusty would go back and read the printed version of what he said — specifically, that Chapman is more than heat, has several pitches and can gets guys on both sides of the plate out — he’d realize that he has a potentially amazing starter on his hand, not just an effective reliever. Sure, maybe he’s still a work in progress as a starter, but Chapman has a long term deal with Cincinnati for a reason, and it ain’t to stop developing as a pitcher 11 months after he signed.

Or maybe Dusty doesn’t need to examine this matter any further. Maybe Walt Jocketty is just going to tell him what’s what.

  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Ardolis is still a WIP, I agree with Dusty. He needs to work on his location which is everywhere. Has anyone told him he doesn’t have to throw it as hard as he can???

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:39 PM

      “He needs to work on his location which is everywhere.”

      Which, throwing 100+ mph, is incredibly dangerous.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:48 PM

        I’d probably make a poopy in my pants like Larussa if I had to bat against him.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM

        And he has the chance to do that 18 times a year, which could lead to the Cards add brown to the red and white colors.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 28, 2010 at 4:09 PM

        Well that’s a given anyway… That team shocked me this year. With all that hardware, and they just can’t pull it off.. It’s as if they really are a bunch of poopy pants.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM

        That sounds familiar around here…

  2. paperlions - Oct 28, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    If a pitcher is still developing….he needs to pitch as much as possible, learn to use all of his pitches, develop control, and learn to pace himself. None of these things happen in the bullpen. The bullpen is where failed starters go….a smart team develops him as a starter and sends him to the pen after he fails at starting….not before.

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

      Maybe they’re just afraid he’s going to throw a ball right through someone? It can happen… And It would be messy…..

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

        The ump would need more than just a tiny broom to clean up after that.

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