Re: Reds Sign Jonathan Broxton- 3 Years, $21m; 4th Year option
Originally Posted by Vottomatic
Since the Reds have obviously decided Chapman will be a starter, I like the signing of Broxton.
I'm just not sold on Chapman as a starter. 2 pitches. Relies on a fastball hitting 100 mph, which the more pitches he throws slacks to 95 mph. Durability issues. Has never pitched mlb starter innings for a season. Has command issues from time to time. This has the potential to be a huge mistake. If it's a success, I don't see it being a huge one. As a closer, he could breeze through an inning on 9 or less pitches, and simply blowing people away. As a starter, it's hard to fool hitters for 5 or more innings with just a fastball and occasional slider.
Jocketty has said he also has a changeup (and in fact he used it a few times later in the year). I imagine part of the pitch selection is merely knowing they don't need to fool hitters as much late in the game. There's not a lot of time to catch up to a fastball.
If he's used as a starter, I'm sure you'll see the Reds call a bit more diverse a game for him.
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