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OnBaseMachine
05-20-2010, 01:39 PM
From John Fay:


Aroldis Chapman may not even miss a start with the blister than forced him out of last night’s game.

Walt Jocketty spoke Louisville trainer Tomas Vera a few minutes ago.

“Tomas said it’s a blister over a callus,” Jocketty said. “They’ll know more Saturday when he throws his bullpen if he can make his next start. But it’s nothing serious.”


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/05/20/chapman-update-6/

OnBaseMachine
05-20-2010, 01:40 PM
Also from Fay, on Chapman's last start when he was roughed up:


He was coming off a start in which he allowed eight runs over 3 1/3 innings in a 14-3 loss in Rochester..

That start did not concern the Reds.

“It was one of those deals where they had to be there at 4:30 to catch a flight after a night game,” Jocketty said. “Mario Soto said (Chapman) didn’t get any sleep the night before.”


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/05/20/chapman-update-6/

OnBaseMachine
05-25-2010, 01:03 AM
From the Reds website:


CINCINNATI -- Top lefty prospect Aroldis Chapman will test the blister on his middle finger when he throws on the side Tuesday. Chapman's Monday start for Triple-A Louisville was scratched because of the injury.

"They'll have a better indication to see if he could pitch Thursday," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.


http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100524&content_id=10396994&notebook_id=10397568&vkey=notebook_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

OnBaseMachine
05-26-2010, 01:25 PM
From John Fay's blog:


From the Louisville Bats media relations office:

Louisville LHP Aroldis Chapman (4-2, 3.98), who missed his last start with a blister on his left middle finger, will make the start on Thursday, May 27 versus the Gwinnett Braves. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/05/26/chapman-to-start-thursday/

RiverRat13
05-26-2010, 02:43 PM
Chapman starts tomorrow, so he should also start Tuesday in Columbus, right? Who starts the 2nd game of the DH Monday?

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2010, 02:17 AM
Article from USA Today from three days ago:


"He's been wild," Jocketty says. "His fastball (command) is fine. He needs better command of his other pitches."

According to Bats catcher Wilkin Castillo, Chapman's pitches cut and sink. Manager Rick Sweet says: "It's nice to throw 98, but the effectiveness is that so many of his pitches move both ways. As a hitter, that's devastating."


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/nl/reds/2010-05-24-chapman-reds_N.htm

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2010, 02:27 AM
I posted this in tonight's minor league game thread:

MLB Network showed some highlights of Chapman's start tonight. Wow. I just can't get over how filthy his stuff is. He's got one of the best arsenals I have ever seen. When he gains consistent command of his secondary pitches, he's going to be borderline unhittable. The sky is the ceiling for him, IMO. I'm so glad the Reds are being patient with him, and I hope they continue to do so, but at the same time, I can't wait to watch him in Cincinnati.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2010, 02:53 AM
Some quotes on Chapman's start:


"I think this is the best start I have had so far," Chapman said through an interpreter. "I think what changed most tonight was my level of concentration. I was able to concentrate more tonight than in the past."



Chapman settled in and struck out five over the first three innings. He primarily used his overpowering fastball early but effectively mixed in offspeed pitches in the low-80s in the final two innings.



"Overall he pitched a good ballgame," Bats manager Rick Sweet said. "Overall he had good velocity, especially at the beginning, and he hasn't done that before -- he's gradually worked into it. He had a couple more days between starts and was better-rested.

"I was more worried about command, and he showed good command of all three pitches (fastball, changeup, curve). He's much more than a one-pitch pitcher, and we saw that tonight."


http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100527/SPORTS07/5270365/1036/Chapman+s+heat+impossible+to+beat

mdccclxix
05-28-2010, 03:02 AM
I think Udaldo Jimenez is a decent ceiling for this guy. In terms of patience, we're talking 2-3 years before he can start to handle the bigs, IMO. Yet, I do think he'll get by just fine in a year as a 5th starter.

dougdirt
05-28-2010, 01:11 PM
I missed the 4th inning for Chapman last night with dinner. But from what I saw last night, I liked Chapman's performance last night better than anything I had seen from him since spring training. He was able to hit his sports better for the most part than what I had seen from him any other time this season.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2010, 04:47 PM
Mario Soto told Jocketty Aroldis Chapman threw 103 mph last night. Jocketty says it won't be long before we see Chapman here.

http://twitter.com/tpach12

GIDP
05-28-2010, 04:52 PM
Man her twitter has more information than anything Sheldon, Ctrent, and Fay have.

Gonna have to bookmark that one.

NorrisHopper30
05-28-2010, 04:57 PM
I want Chapman up in Cincy's bullpen after 1-2 more starts.

aubashbrother
05-28-2010, 04:58 PM
Man her twitter has more information than anything Sheldon, Ctrent, and Fay have.

Gonna have to bookmark that one.


aint that the truth. I looked and it when obm posted the link about volquez in the other forum and looked through it and was like damn where did all this info come from

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2010, 05:01 PM
Man her twitter has more information than anything Sheldon, Ctrent, and Fay have.

Gonna have to bookmark that one.

No kidding. She has a ton of great info on her page. Thankfully one of my followers retweeted one of her posts and that's how I came across her page.

GIDP
05-28-2010, 05:05 PM
yea especially this part

Bob Castellini just told crowd here the Reds don't have enough $$ to get Ohswalt, and he likes the current team chemistry anyway.

Kingspoint
05-28-2010, 05:44 PM
yea especially this part

Bob Castellini just told crowd here the Reds don't have enough $$ to get Ohswalt, and he likes the current team chemistry anyway.

Why mess with a good thing? They've played .700 ball since the 19th game of the season (21-9). Making changes now would be like Steinbrenner doing one of his many dumb moves.

Kingspoint
05-28-2010, 05:45 PM
Man her twitter has more information than anything Sheldon, Ctrent, and Fay have.

Gonna have to bookmark that one.

That woman is hot!

I'd tell her anything.

redsfandan
05-28-2010, 06:11 PM
That woman is hot!

I'd tell her anything.
Yep she's easy on the eyes and I think she's got a nice personality too.

I'll be really curious to see what they do when they bring up Chapman.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2010, 08:03 PM
From Hal McCoy:


BROADCASTER JIM KELCH, one of my favorite people (you have to love a guy who likes Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, as do I and Marty Brennaman), talked to Louisville pitching coach Ted Power about Aroldis Chapman’s latest start Thursday night.

“Best I’ve ever seen him throw,” said Power. “He was dominating with his fastball. He threw five pitches over 100 miles an hour, one at 103. He pitched five innings and threw 90 pitches.”


http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/cincinnatireds/entries/2010/05/28/life_without_joey_cairo_soothe.html?cxtype=feedbot

GOYA
05-28-2010, 11:23 PM
Next milestone for Chapman is to pitch a full 7 innings.

redsfandan
05-28-2010, 11:54 PM
Next milestone for Chapman is to pitch a full 7 innings.
How about 20+ innings over 3 starts? I'd go for that. One game would be a nice step but I'd like to see him do it consistently.

OnBaseMachine
05-29-2010, 12:18 AM
It looks to me like the Reds have a pitch count on Chapman. He's had a couple starts where he could have went deeper but was pulled.

OnBaseMachine
05-29-2010, 03:40 PM
Article on Chapman from the AP:


He's maturing and developing with his command [of pitches] and learning the intricacies of the game that he needed to learn," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He's also getting more accustomed to living here in the United States. That was a big part of it."



"I think everything has been excellent," Chapman said, with trainer Tomas Vera translating. "The adjustment has been easy. I've got a good relationship with my teammates. I have a good relationship with the organization, with the people that surround me. Everything has been excellent. Everything has been good for me."


"At the beginning of the game, I wanted to be at the top of my speed," Chapman said. "I want to use my speed at the beginning of the game and after that, I did what I was told to do. So I started mixing up my pitches and I started using more breaking pitches."


How close is Chapman to consideration for a promotion if another pitcher is needed?

"I think he's pretty close," Jocketty said.


http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5232020

OnBaseMachine
05-29-2010, 04:34 PM
From Bob Nightengale:

Those 103mph radar readings on Chapman in his last start are legitimate, Reds GM Walt Jocketty says. Wow.

http://twitter.com/BNightengale

OnBaseMachine
06-02-2010, 01:10 AM
Article on Chapman from the Reds website:


"This is his best start as far as the efficiency of all of his pitches," Bats manager Rick Sweet said. "He used them all very well. And obviously, it's the longest outing he's had, but it's the best outing using all of the pitches he's had."

There is currently no timetable for a Chapman promotion to Cincinnati. While he is pitching well and boasts a 5-2 record with a 3.42 ERA, Bats pitching coach Ted Power continues to refine his mechanics.

That's not to say a lot of progress hasn't been made. Speaking with trainer Tomas Vera translating, Chapman said he's had a better feel for his breaking ball the last few outings, and Tuesday was a continuation of that.

"I had better feeling and they were landing in a good location, so I felt more comfortable throwing the breaking pitch than my fastball," Chapman said. "So I relied on those more."


http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100601&content_id=10699332&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

Kingspoint
06-02-2010, 01:24 AM
Article on Chapman from the Reds website:

Quote:
"This is his best start as far as the efficiency of all of his pitches," Bats manager Rick Sweet said. "He used them all very well. And obviously, it's the longest outing he's had, but it's the best outing using all of the pitches he's had."

There is currently no timetable for a Chapman promotion to Cincinnati. While he is pitching well and boasts a 5-2 record with a 3.42 ERA, Bats pitching coach Ted Power continues to refine his mechanics.

That's not to say a lot of progress hasn't been made. Speaking with trainer Tomas Vera translating, Chapman said he's had a better feel for his breaking ball the last few outings, and Tuesday was a continuation of that.

"I had better feeling and they were landing in a good location, so I felt more comfortable throwing the breaking pitch than my fastball," Chapman said. "So I relied on those more."

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100601&content_id=10699332&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

Nice to hear that from them. It backs up the "stats" that you were providing for us inning by inning.

A huge step for Chapman tonight. Very similar to Cueto's and Bailey's "awakenings" 4 starts ago.

reds44
06-02-2010, 01:36 AM
If Chapman stays in AAA the entire year, and then comes up late in the year and pitches out of the pen to keep his innings down, and starts the year in the rotation next year that would be ideal, IMO.

TRF
06-02-2010, 10:12 AM
I wonder what Chapman has to do to make BA's daily prospect sheet. Zach McAllister of the mets posted this line yesterday in AAA and made the list: 6.2 IP 6H 2 ER 2BB's 2K's

Somehow that's so much better than Chapman's line. In fact I think he's only made their list one time. Just kinda odd.

GoReds
06-02-2010, 10:46 AM
Nice writeup by guys at Hardball Talk. They went to the game last night and reported on Chapman's outing.

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/aroldis-chapman-was-impressive-but-not-in-the-way-i-expected.html.php


But then a funny thing happened: Chapman slowed down. Indeed, for the rest of the game he was consistently at 93-94 m.p.h., only rarely ticking it up any higher. When his velocity first declined Mark and I wondered if something was wrong with him. But then it became apparent: Chapman wasn't throwing. He was pitching.

OnBaseMachine
06-02-2010, 05:27 PM
From Jamie Ramsey's blog:


QUOTE BOAT

"It's a gift. Everyone wishes they could run faster, hit farther, throw harder. That is why it is so much fun to watch (Chapman) throw his fastball. His arm is electric. Randy Johnson was the same way." - Columbus pitching coach Charles Nagy (Columbus Dispatch)

"Early in the game (Chapman) had a lot of velocity. And he was throwing the fastball. I was fortunate enough to hit fastballs that were over the plate. Then, later in the game, I had a check-swing strikeout and he was throwing me all off-speed stuff. When he gets that secondary pitch where he can throw it early in the game as well, he's going to be tough. I can see why (the Reds) love him." - Clippers DH Josh Phelps (Columbus Dispatch)


http://ramsey.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/06/reds-farm-report-6210.html

OnBaseMachine
06-02-2010, 05:32 PM
From Craig Calcaterra:

Forgot to mention in my Chapman post this AM: Aroldis has a nice pickoff move. Caught 2 Clippers napping (though 1 was safe b/c of a bobble)

http://twitter.com/craigcalcaterra

kfm
06-03-2010, 10:06 PM
Since I live in Columbus, I went to the game and just have not had a chance to post what I saw from Chapman. First, it is something to see triple digits on the speed gun and the crowd actually clapped when he hit 100 mph. He started the game throwing almost exclusively fastballs and you could tell that the Clipper's hitters were sitting on his fastball. While his stuff was dominant, his location was not. Early his fastball was up and guys took some very good swings on it. Later in the game he actually started mixing his pitches quite nicley and the clippers hitters had problems. When they did not strike out, they made very weak contact. There were a lot of check swings. He struck a couple guys out looking on his changeup. He was wild at times, as he threw 3 pitches that went to the backstop. I have to agree with the assessment I read earlier, once he started mixing in his offspeed stuff the Clippers really had a hard time handling him. I really think his whole issue is control in the strikezone. When his pitches were down, he was virtually unhittable, but when his pitches were up, one of the clippers hit a belt high 98 mph pitch off the centerfield wall, they were able to put good swings on all of his pitches. All in all, you can see the dominant potential but he is not there yet. That is just my humble assessment.

Javy Pornstache
06-03-2010, 10:19 PM
Since I live in Columbus, I went to the game and just have not had a chance to post what I saw from Chapman. First, it is something to see triple digits on the speed gun and the crowd actually clapped when he hit 100 mph. He started the game throwing almost exclusively fastballs and you could tell that the Clipper's hitters were sitting on his fastball. While his stuff was dominant, his location was not. Early his fastball was up and guys took some very good swings on it. Later in the game he actually started mixing his pitches quite nicley and the clippers hitters had problems. When they did not strike out, they made very weak contact. There were a lot of check swings. He struck a couple guys out looking on his changeup. He was wild at times, as he threw 3 pitches that went to the backstop. I have to agree with the assessment I read earlier, once he started mixing in his offspeed stuff the Clippers really had a hard time handling him. I really think his whole issue is control in the strikezone. When his pitches were down, he was virtually unhittable, but when his pitches were up, one of the clippers hit a belt high 98 mph pitch off the centerfield wall, they were able to put good swings on all of his pitches. All in all, you can see the dominant potential but he is not there yet. That is just my humble assessment.

I agree kfm, I was there, he definitely isn't a finished product yet, but I don't think many expect him to be for a little while yet. You can see amazingly good things coming though. Also, it seemed to me that he was more or less "working" on pitches, as much as he threw fastballs exclusively early, toward the end of the game, he was throwing nothing but changeups. I think it really had the Clippers hitters fooled, thinking he was just trying to velocitize them by having them sitting on an 85mph change just to blast a 97mph FB by them, but he kept the off-speed stuff on 'em late for the most part.

Also, his move to 1st was tremendous, and I don't think too many have spoken on that. He really had baserunners (the few that did make it on) watching themselves all night.

kfm
06-03-2010, 10:34 PM
I agree kfm, I was there, he definitely isn't a finished product yet, but I don't think many expect him to be for a little while yet. You can see amazingly good things coming though. Also, it seemed to me that he was more or less "working" on pitches, as much as he threw fastballs exclusively early, toward the end of the game, he was throwing nothing but changeups. I think it really had the Clippers hitters fooled, thinking he was just trying to velocitize them by having them sitting on an 85mph change just to blast a 97mph FB by them, but he kept the off-speed stuff on 'em late for the most part.

Also, his move to 1st was tremendous, and I don't think too many have spoken on that. He really had baserunners (the few that did make it on) watching themselves all night.

You are right, and I forgot to mention his move to first base. It is very good, he could have easily picked off two runners instead of just one. I thought he really lulled them to sleep because he did not show a good move early in the game nor was he all that quick to the plate. Then he showed his good move and used a slide step a couple of times. I had never heard anyone talk about his move before. You can see the potential, and I was probably more excited about the innings when he was throwing sliders and changeups than I was with the fastball. I hope fans are going to be patient, because if they give this kid a chance to really develop he can be scary good.

Cedric
06-04-2010, 11:25 AM
You are right, and I forgot to mention his move to first base. It is very good, he could have easily picked off two runners instead of just one. I thought he really lulled them to sleep because he did not show a good move early in the game nor was he all that quick to the plate. Then he showed his good move and used a slide step a couple of times. I had never heard anyone talk about his move before. You can see the potential, and I was probably more excited about the innings when he was throwing sliders and changeups than I was with the fastball. I hope fans are going to be patient, because if they give this kid a chance to really develop he can be scary good.

I agree. I have a good feeling his BB/9 will go down when he is pitching his game. Now he is on a program designed to make him work his breaking ball in certain spots.

Will M
06-04-2010, 07:40 PM
Now he is on a program designed to make him work his breaking ball in certain spots.

IMO this is a really good strategy for the team to make. if he just threw 100 mph heaters he could likely beat the AAA competition fairly easily. the problem is that once in the bigs guys can tee off on a 100 mph fastball if thats all you have. so having him stay in AAA to work on control & his secondary pitches is a good. the big leagues is not the place to work on this kind of stuff. now certainly there is a learning curve in the show but it seems that in times past the team rushed guys to the bigs too soon.