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Aroldis Chapman tosses scoreless inning in first Arizona Fall League appearance

Oct 24, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

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The Reds plan to stretch Aroldis Chapman out as a starting pitcher during winter ball in Puerto Rico, but he’s making a few tune-up appearances in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League first.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the hard-throwing left-hander tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance this afternoon. He threw eight out of 16 pitches for strikes while fanning one and walking one. Keith Law of ESPN.com notes that he touched 101 mph on his fastball.

Chapman is scheduled to pitch again Thursday and next Monday before leaving for winter ball. Barring a change of plans, he is expected to get a look as a starting pitcher during spring training.

  1. spudchukar - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    While any Baseball News is Good News, I got a chuckle from this posting. Pivotal Game 5 just 111 minutes away, and a report from the Arizona Fall League. Thanks, D.J.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 24, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      I do what I can.

  2. Reflex - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    Still a great series, every single game has been amazing for one reason or another.

    • Reflex - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:32 AM

      And that was meant for a completely different article, odd.

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