Originally Posted by dougdirt
And I will once again reiterate how shocked I am that on March 11th (when that start took place) that a pitcher wasn't at top velocity and had a few struggles to locate a breaking ball. Absolutely shocked. In fact, it is probably the first time a pitcher has EVER done such a thing at this point in the year. Unheard of.
You know what's funny about all of this talk from other scouts. I recall AFTER the Reds signed Chapman, there were the "rival scouts" that snickered, giggled and claimed "we really didn't think he was that impressive." What I hear from other scouts is sort of like when I eat a really good cookie that my wife bakes, then tell everyone they stink so I can have more of them myself. "Yea, the Reds should NOT make Chapman a starter, they'd be CRAZY, CRAZY to keep him as closer" is wishful thinking that if they say it enough times that the Reds will be subliminally influenced and underutilize this asset.
And Hal McCoy needs to retire. He should finish well, not turn into a hack reporter in his latter years.