How do we know he's not Mel Torme?
Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!
I'm not sure what you're basing your opinion on here. It's certainly not his stuff, I wouldn't imagine. Maybe it's the .02% of scouts that have shaky (at best) reasons not to like him, I don't know. What I do know is that if you are basing your opinion on spring numbers, as impressive as Leake was (and I'm a fan), Chapman was better.
I'd be working up an appetite if I were you, and hope your words taste good.
Benzinger backing and calling! And the 1990 world championship series belongs to the Cincinnati Reds!
I don't think it's a slam on Chapman that he's not ready to pitch in Cincinnati as of April 8, 2010. Nor does it mean that he has shaky stuff or that it wasn't a good signing. By the way his contract was structured, I think it's safe to say even the Reds felt like he wasn't going to be ready to begin his big league career in early April yet they clearly did think he was worth $30mill.
If I'm Walt Jocketty, there's nothing that's happened thus far that's giving me buyer's remorse
Wasn't the man reason Chapman didn't make the team because he hurt his back? He had an ERA under 1 in the spring training, so clearly him not making the team had nothing to do with his pitching.
As for the scouts comment its one of the few negative ones we have seen. We do need to temper the good evaluations with the poor evaluations.
Sure, if that was all Chappy threw, then the hitters could adjust and try to get their timing down. But if he mixes in a breaking ball or 80mph change, I don't see them having much success.
Also, I have my own eyes to trust now. And I saw enough from his spring to know that guys were swinging and missing plenty on high 90s pitches, as opposed to fouling them all off, as that scouting report seemed to imply.