Chapman has hardly been a bust at Cincinnati’s AAA outpost in Louisville, but he has hardly blown away the International League competition either. After his first dozen starts he owns a winning ledger (barely, at 5-4), he has struck out twice as many as he has walked (although untimely wildness has lead to defeat in his two most recent outings), and the league is hitting only .252 against him. In brief, if Chapman is not quite Strasburg, he doesn’t quite seem to be the close cloning of LivŠn HernŠndez, Orlando HernŠndez or Danys BŠez either. He boasts only the second most wins on his AAA ballclub and also trails ace Travis Wood for the staff lead in strikeouts. Chapman’s ERA ranks number 31 in the entire league and fifth out of the six Louisville teammates who have started 7 or more games. He has been admittedly impressive in several outings—especially his opening pair; but then he has been entirely mortal in several others, especially his two June appearances.
Bitter perhaps, but nothing he says in that passage is untrue.
If he can win 160 Major League games [as Livan has done] I don't exactly think thats a bad thing.
Chapman throws hard, no denying, but so did Daniel Cabrera. He needs to harness his stuff and I think he can do it, but I don't think we should dismiss and ignore the results so far, nor do I think we should look for reasons he's failed like the AAA defense. Chapman controls his own fate, pitch well and get a call up. Continue to walk batters like he has been doing more and more of lately and stay here in Louisville.
I'm firmly in his corner, I believe he can and will do it, but I also think he needs to stay here in Louisville all season just to work on mechanics.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98