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Chapman coming to big leagues Sept. 1

Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 11:03 pm
 
Aroldis Chapman Aroldis Chapman will be in the big leagues on Sept. 1, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer .

"That will give him a chance to stabilize int eh bullpen and get more experience," Jocketty said. "We're trying to find the right time."

Because the Reds have two players on the 60-day disabled list (Jose Arrendondo and Mike Lincoln), Chapman (and another player) will be eligible for the playoffs.

Since moving from starting to relieving, Chapman is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks in 26 innings.

So why isn't he in Cincinnati already?

"Who do you take off?" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It would be somebody else who pitched well. Everyone in the bullpen is throwing excellent. … That's not a good message to our guys here when you perform well and get sent out. They're looking over their shoulder for fear of getting sent out. I want them looking at the prize at the end, not looking behind them."

The Reds are still planning on Chapman as being a starter in the future and using the David Price template for the Cuban lefty.
The Reds are at home against the Brewers on Sept. 1 before a embarking on a roadtrip to St. Louis and Colorado, so expect a good crowd at Great American Ball Park that night, you may even want to pick up your tickets early.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Chapman coming to big leagues Sept. 1

I want to see Chapman as much as anyone. I think it could be amazing to have a guy that can just come out and blow people away. We don't have that monster in the bullpen right now although there are some guys that have been pretty impressive. I'd love to hear Jeff Brantly quote Major League more often with , "Give him the Heater Ricky" and Chapman can definately bring it. I think what worries me is his other pitches and control. I feel like he dances around the strike zone looking for the K much like our current closer. And as you can see guys like that put a little too much drama into the ninth inning for many of us Reds fans.

Either way I'm excited to see how this kid performs on the big stage.


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