Originally Posted by Griffey012
These numbers would tell me otherwise. From 2002-2009 Randy Johnson averaged 38.6 sliders per 100 pitches. In fact in 2004 he nearly threw as many sliders as fastballs. This is an example that you can whip out 30 or more sliders as a starter.
I mentioned Aroldis has a high 90's fastball, and wicked slider, and a change-up that nobody really knows how good it is. Take a combination of those three pitches, if you can hit the catcher's glove where it is located, you do not need a deep mental capacity of the game to be successful. Quality of pitches and location will be enough.
Dontrelle Willis does not have a job because he threw high 80's with a solid slider and a lack of accuracy. There is a big difference between high 90's, a better slider, and hitting the glove.
What would cause his elbow to implode by "throwing" instead of "pitching"? The physical processes are equivalent, there is just a difference in the mental strategy behind the two.
Throwing, is what he did out of the bullpen. Get on the mound, throw it 103 mph. Pitching is what matt latos and Johnny Cueto do. Both of them could live at 95 but know they aren't at their best if they choose to do so. All chapman has ever done is throw hard and harder. There is a very big difference between a bullpen slider being effective and a starting slider. You almost never have to throw a breaking ball for a strike if youre a closer and generally youre advised not to. That is not the case for a starter. Here is where Chappy will have to learn how to "pitch." He won't have 16+ k/9 as a starter and if he tries to, he will be in trouble.
And back to what I originally said, every starting pitcher, no matter their ability, must put in the off-mound hours. Going over tape, studying hitters. The reds aren't just looking for him to be adequate this year, they want him to possibly be an elite starter. That comes from hard work off the field.