Originally Posted by dougdirt
A rival scout on Aroldis Chapman
Personally, I will admit that I am flat out shocked that on March 11th that a pitcher isn't throwing at top velocity and may have some struggles locating his offspeed stuff. SHOCKED.
Yeah for sure. It is
spring training after all.
Also, Chapman even as a closer often took several pitches before reaching his max velocity. He would get faster as the 9th inning wore on.
Chapman's average fastball was "only" 98.35mph last year, not the 100-102 that Hal McCoy claimed in his article. So let's not be surprised if Chapman doesn't average 100mph as a starter and blame it on the decision to move him to the rotation.