Originally posted by NY TimesChapman has now thrown 19 pitches in the major leagues, 16 for strikes. Ten of his pitches have been 100 miles an hour or faster, including a 103.9-m.p.h. heater Wednesday (for a ball, alas) that was the hardest in the majors over the last three seasons, according to pitch f/x.
I haven't been able to see him pitch yet, but man that's some serious heat. I can't remember the game I was watching on Monday, but the announcer said that Chapman had been clocked at 105 MPH in the minors recently and I was like 'wha?', but I guess it really is happening. He's testing the limits of how fast a human can throw a baseball. In high school, we'd turn the pitching machine up to 100 (no way to tell if it was accurate) when the coach wasn't around and no one could touch it. I can't imagine what it's like trying to catch up to a 105 MPH heater. Yikes.
And in future news, Aroldis Chapman has Tommy John surgery.
Chapman was blowing guys out with the Bats here is Louisville. But he's fairly wild - which could be deadly.
he had 19 strikeouts in 29 outs in his last ten outings, so that's pretty good. Right?
we'll see. He's 22 and has been pitching like this (according to legend) for around 6 years. Oh, and he tosses a low nineties slider.
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Originally posted by AWArulzChapman was blowing guys out with the Bats here is Louisville. But he's fairly wild - which could be deadly.
I was watching some of those Sportscenter highlights last night. He was hitting 104 MPH on the gun, but all those pitches were in the dirt. If he puts it all together and finds the strike zone consistently with those pitches, he'll be a very frightening to guy to face...until his arm falls off.
He actually reminds me a lot of Francisco Rodriguez circa 2002. A late September call-up, deadly fastball, strikeout machine, used mainly as middle relief. But he wound up being the below-the-radar Angels' MVP on their way to the World Series. Chapman can fulfill that exact same role and he just might be the piece the Reds need to make the big dance this year.
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He is dangerous because you have to prep to face him. The idea of his fastball gets guys twitching earlier on change-ups by the rest of the staff. He's a dragon in waiting that hopefully gets in the heads of the opposing team.
Somebody get me a contract. My sidearm knuckleball is the perfect counterpoint to this guy... I've still got it...
I'm still on the fence about this guy. The kid in me thinks he's awesome for throwing 105, the adult in me thinks it's unnecessary and that he would do himself a favor by taking more than a few mph off his fastball. The Reds have at least a 6 or 7 game lead in the division. He doesn't have to throw every pitch like it's the world series. Save some of that fire for when it matters rather than against the Rockies who don't.
I'm for one was all excited yesterday watching SportsCenter and seeing the position players peppering for the first time this season. I find spring training the way baseball should be played, with less stress on the economical and more on the fun factor....