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The Reds are still looking at Aroldis Chapman as a starting pitcher

Sep 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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Aroldis Chapman has pitched exclusively in relief this season, but Reds pitching coach Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he still sees him as a starting pitcher in the long-term.

“I can’t guarantee anything because it will be an organizational decision,” Price said. “However, I do think at some point he’s going to have a chance to start. I think it’s something we will definitely be looking at.”

Chapman has a 3.89 ERA and 62/34 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings this season. This includes a 2.36 ERA and 47/12 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings since returning from shoulder fatigue in late-June.

There’s little doubt that Chapman has a chance to be much more valuable as a starting pitcher in the long-term, but the Reds could have a void at closer depending on what they decide to do with Francisco Cordero. He is in the final guaranteed year of a four-year, $46 million contract, which includes a $12 million option for 2012 or a $1 million buyout. Nick Masset once looked like the heir apparent for the ninth inning, but has a disappointing 4.04 ERA and 56/28 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this season.

 

  1. alexb64 - Sep 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    guy with shoulder concerns that throws a concernedly fast fastball on a team that Dusty Baker manages? Yeah this makes total sense, go for it.

  2. dondada10 - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Chapman has a classic “inverted w” throwing motion.

    http://www.drivelinebaseball.com/2010/09/04/strasburg-the-inverted-w-and-pitching-mechanics/

  3. entersandman42ny - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Hasn’t any team in the majors learned anything from the Yankees. If a pitcher can be dominant in the bullpen, keep them in the bullpen. The Yanks have learned this the hard way from failed experiments with Joba and Hughes. My advice to the Reds, don’t jerk this kid around; if they make him a starter, they better keep him a starter and not move him around.

    • camleck - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:12 AM

      Is that the same lesson Texas learned with Ogando, or CJ Wilson?

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