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Reds' Chapman to pitch in Arizona Fall League

Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:38 pm
Aroldis ChapmanBy C. Trent Rosecrans 

Aroldis Chapman will make his move to starter sooner than expected, as the team announced Thursday the Cuban left-hander would start three games in the Arizona Fall League starting next week.

Chapman, who will also pitch in winter ball, will start on Oct. 24, 27 and 31 in Arizona.

"It's preparation before he goes to winter ball," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told's Mark Sheldon.

Chapman started 13 games for Triple-A Louisville in 2010 before moving to the bullpen for the Bats and then the Reds. He started three games in the minors this past season, but those were rehab assignments when he was still being used as a reliever, just starting the game to make sure he got his work in early. Chapman hasn't started a big league game.

Jocketty also told Sheldon he hasn't had further talks with the agent for closer Francisco Cordero. The Reds hold a $12 million option on Cordero, but are likely to decline that (with a $1 million buyout), but both sides have said they would be interested in an extension at a lower annual average salary.

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:49 pm

Reds' Chapman to pitch in Arizona Fall League

Aroldis Chapman of the Reds could very well become a good starter wasn't he a starter for the Cuban National team. Playing in Arizona Fall League then on to winter ball will keep him busy. My Question is why the Reds have not utilized his talents until now using him as a reliever? I do not know if he will ever be the pitching staff ace they want.This is where he should have been all along but I am not Walt Jocketty.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:30 pm

Reds' Chapman to pitch in Arizona Fall League

It's going to be very exciting to see this kid refine himself over the next couple of years. He's got a ton of potential just waiting to be developed. And if you can put a guy out there on the mound every five days with his kind of stuff; triple digit heat, curveball on a string,  batters will struggle big time. Granted, he still has a long way to go to become an ace. Control is an issue. Durability with how hard he throws could become a concern. But if he can take advantage of the AFL and winter ball and come back ready once spring training rolls around, he will be tough. Again, can't say enough how exciting it is to wait and see what Chapman will become.

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