Figured this probably deserves a thread of its own...
Chapman pitches, hitters guess
Aroldis Chapman faced five hitters for about 10 minutes worth of pitching in his session of live batting practice on Wednesday. By my count, he threw 32 pitches to Chris Burke, Chris Valaika, Chris Heisey, Yonder Alonso and Corky Miller.
Only one hitter -- Heisey -- made solid contact, once.
Batters were talking to each other trying to figure out what they were seeing. After seeing Chapman's changeup on his third overall pitch to Burke, people around the cage were heard going 'oooh.'
For all of the talk about Chapman's 100 mph velocity after his signing, it was his slider and changeup that had people in the cage talking, and guessing.
"That's a nice little repertoire. Somebody should sign this kid," Burke said after leaving the cage.
The session reminded me of the first time Johnny Cueto pitched live BP at camp. He showed good stuff right away and was an unknown entity. By the time spring was over, Cueto was in the rotation and skipped Triple-A altogether.
"Chapman was very good," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "With hitters in there, he was very comfortable and threw good pitches. He threw a lot of strikes. He threw a really good changeup. All in all, it was a good day.
"The slider was pretty nasty. Very nice. It will be fun to see how this progresses. There's a lot of competition for that rotation."
Wilkin Castillo, who speaks Spanish, was Chapman's catcher this time.