Re: Chapman tonight: June 7 Minor League Updates
It kind of boggles my mind that people are already complaining about Chapman and saying he's nothing more than a reliever. People are too impatient. Let's take a look at where other star pitchers were at when they were 22 years old.
Randy Johnson walked 94 batters in 119.2 innings (7.1 BB/9) in Single-A as a 22 year old. He then walked 128 batters in 140 innings in Double-A as a 23 year old.
Tim Lincecum walked 63 batters in 125.1 innings (4.5 BB/9) in college as a 22 year old.
Chris Carpenter had a 4.0 BB/9 as a 22 year old in Double-A.
Adam Wainwright had a 4.0 BB/9 as a 22 year old in AAA.
Johan Santana had a 5.0 BB/9 in AAA at age 23.
And none of those guys had to go through what Chapman is going through. The cultural adjustment for Chapman is just unimaginable. I know we all wish he would post a sub 1.00 ERA and strike everybody out and force his way into the majors immediately but the fact is, he needs some seasoning in the minors. I think his dominance in spring training kind of fooled us all (including me) into thinking he was ready to dominate major league hitters when in reality he needed some time in the minor leagues. After all, he hadn't pitched in a competitive games since early in 2009.
I'm absolutely thrilled to have him in the organization. He's got an incredible future ahead of him, IMO. A lefty that throws 100 MPH and has three ridiculously good pitches and has clean mechanics. He just needs to improve his control and gain consistent command of his pitches. When he does, he has a chance to be a very special pitcher.
I miss Adam Dunn.