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DOTF Preview: Chapmania comes to Indianapolis

The Louisville Bats begin a three game series in Indianapolis Thursday night with Aroldis Chapman scheduled to start tonight’s game. I know we have a lot of fans in the Indianapolis area, and I hope you can make it out to Victory Field to take in a game or two of the series. The scheduled pitching match-ups for the series include:

  • Thurs 7:00pm: Aroldis Chapman (0.93 ERA) vs. Chris Jakubauskas (4.50 ERA)
  • Fri 7:15pm: Justin Lehr (7.20 ERA) vs. Kevin Hart (4.35 ERA)
  • Sat 7:00pm: Sam Lecure (2.08 ERA) vs. Brad Lincoln (4.70 ERA)

The series will feature 4 of Baseball America’s top 10 prospects for the Reds (plus Chapman who was signed after the list was published) and 3 of the Pirates top 4 prospects. The Reds top prospect list includes Todd Frazier (IF/OF), Chris Heisey (OF), Juan Francisco (3B/LF), and Zack Cozart (SS).

Travis Wood and Matt Maloney are two other Reds top 10 prospects who are the scheduled starting pitchers against Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday back in Louisville.


The top prospect in the Pirates organization is 23 year old, power hitting 3rd baseman Pedro Alvarez. The left-handed Alvarez was drafted in the 1st round, 2nd overall pick, of the 2008 draft. This is just his second full season of professional baseball, and he will likely be with the Pirates by the end of the season. He hit .288/.378/.535 at two minor league levels last year (A+/AA.) The Pirates 2nd best prospect is 21 year old outfielder Jose Tabata. He was rated as the Pirates best hitter for average by Baseball America. Acquired from the New York Yankees in 2008 in the Xavier Nady trade, Tabata hit .293/.357/.406 between AA & AAA last season. Former prospect, 1B Steve Pearce is starting his 4th year in AAA and has hit the ball well (.281/.349/.486) at this level .

Chapman’s opponent on Thursday night is Chris Jakubauskas. The 31 year-old pitcher spent most of last season in the Seattle Mariners bullpen with a 5.32 ERA. Friday night features Kevin Hart, who just missed winning the Pirates 5th starter role to begin the 2010 season. Hart was acquired by the Pirates in the Tom Gorzelanny trade last year with the Cubs and split time between the majors and minors.

Saturday’s scheduled starter, Brad Lincoln, is the Pirates highest rated pitching prospect in the organization. The 2006 1st round draft pick (4th overall) split time last year between AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis with a 3.37 ERA.

The weather is supposed to be great Thursday night. A general admission ticket in the lawn seats is always a great time. Or purchase a box or reserve seat with their “Thrifty Thursday” package (ticket, hot dog, soda, and souvenir for $15 reserve seats or $19 box seats.) After Friday night’s game is their regular Friday Fireworks show.

9 thoughts on “DOTF Preview: Chapmania comes to Indianapolis

  1. My brother and I will be there tonight. We live in Bloomington, so it’s a short 50 minute drive. I’m very excited to see Chapman in person and the Thrifty Thursday package makes it even better!!

  2. The ‘chapmania’ has got to stop. Everyone is setting themselves up for disappointment, a la Homer Bailey. The hype is just too much for young players to live up to almost every single time.

    Lower expectations people. Chapman has yet to prove he can throw strikes. Yes, he signed a huge contract and can throw 100-mph, but let’s give the guy a chance to develop, professionally and culturally. There are many guys who can throw 100-mph, but not many who can harness the velocity into major league success.

  3. @wanderinredsfan: Outside of John Fay, who’s beating the drum for Chapman to get called up? I think he needs at least two consecutive months of consistent, positive starts.

    Name the last Red to throw a 100-mph pitch.

  4. I’m in Indy, but Thursday is the worst possible night for me. I’m going to have to miss this one.


  5. wanderinredsfan:

    The ‘chapmania’ has got to stop. Everyone is setting themselves up for disappointment, a la Homer Bailey. The hype is just too much for young players to live up to almost every single time.
    Lower expectations people. Chapman has yet to prove he can throw strikes. Yes, he signed a huge contract and can throw 100-mph, but let’s give the guy a chance to develop, professionally and culturally. There are many guys who can throw 100-mph, but not many who can harness the velocity into major league success.

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    No, there aren’t “many guys who can throw 100 mph” and there sure aren’t many that are getting the almost universal kudos that this kid’s talent is bringing.

    It’s ok to be excited, but people shouldn’t expect him to be JR Richards right out of the box.

  6. I’m going to participate in Leake-mania tonight instead. If Chapman was going tomorrow in Indy I’d make it. But tonight, I’ll be watching Mike Leake on FSN-O vs. the Dodgers.

    If we win tonight’s game, we win the series!

  7. I live here in Indy and would love to go, but Thurs is a bad night, work late and all. But if the weather cooperates I will be at Saturday’s game. victory field is a great place to see a game. Personally I hope the Reds leave Chapman alone in the minors until Dusty is removed from his position.

  8. If Harang keeps doing what he is doing, you gotta wonder how much longer before Chapman might be up here. I know AH has the mega contract, but how many times can you throw him out there with the kind of results he’s been getting.

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