Originally Posted by dougdirt
Only Chapman happened under the current regime though, and he was 100% ready as a bullpen guy.
But Chapman was NOT ready as a starter, and I never thought the whole bullpen deal was anything but a PR ploy to exploit the 100+ mph arm sooner, as opposed to allowing him to develop into a good starting pitcher. The Reds have blown two years of development time where Chapman could have been perfecting a slider and a change-up. As a starter, that fastball won't be near as important as the off-speed and breaking stuff, and the control to put all his pitches in the strike zone.
Of course it was fun to watch Chapman blow people away in the 9th inning of a game. Every Reds closer for the next ten years is going to be compared to the 2012 Aroldis Chapman. Jonathon Broxton could have a very good year, but unless he puts up Chapman-like numbers, he will only be criticized. Heaven forbid if he blows a save or two next season.
I, for one, hope the PR side show is over, and would like to see if Aroldis Chapman can become an actual shut down Number One starter that you want to hand the ball to for the first game of the World Series, or will be he be nothing more than a five-inning Number Five starter with the lively arm and the iffy control. I would have like to have found this out two years ago.