Aroldis Chapman pitched an inning in the Arizona Fall League this afternoon:

Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance in an Arizona Fall League game on Monday, pitching one scoreless inning of relief.

Chapman, who was pitching for the Phoenix Desert Dogs against Salt River, did not allow a hit while walking one batter and striking out one. He threw 16 pitches, with eight strikes.

The Reds have Chapman transitioning to become a starter next season. The plan is to gradually build his innings and prepare him to play winter ball in Puerto Rico later in the offseason.

Yes, there is a dearth of Reds news right now and I’m going crazy.

15 Responses

  1. Ethan D

    I’m surprised they only started him out with 1 inning

  2. Myles

    1 inning of relief? it’s a long way up that mountain?

  3. pinson343

    Chapman was supposed to start with 2 innings. I guess they limited him to 16 pitches because he hasn’t thrown in a game for a while.

    In any case, it’s a start.

  4. Tom Diesman

    I’m having a real hard time imagining Chapman as a starter. What’s he going to look like for an average game line and then for a season? Something like this for a single game and then for over 30 starts maybe?

    Chapman 5 2 2 4 7 1.20 3.60 90

    Chapman 150 60 60 120 210 1.20 3.60 2700

  5. rightsaidred

    Not to be too technical but he wasn’t the starter. He pitched the 3rd inning. It was an appearance.

    There is no reason his next start/appearance shouldn’t be 2 innings and 25 – 30 pitches.

  6. rightsaidred

    @Tom Diesman: That reads like a line Edinson shoots for!

    IMO, he will need a working changeup to be a ‘real’ starter.

  7. David

    I’m so frustrated that this year was so absolutely wasted. By the time Chapman becomes an above average starter, he will be a year away from reaching FA. I feel as though the Reds wasted 30 million on one year of a AAA arm, one year on an average to good bullpen pitcher, three years on a “ho-hum-what-is-he-No. 4-No. 5-No. 6 starter” and one year of a solid rotation contributor. Trade Chapman now.

  8. Sultan of Swaff

    @David: I can see both sides of the argument, but yes, if trading Chapman would allow us to acquire a Shields/Latos/Garza type, I’d probably be inclined to do the deal. Chapman is a phoenomenal talent, but the timeline for him to blossom doesn’t match the timeline the Reds are on IF they intend on trying to win now while Votto is under team control. If trading Votto next offseason is likely, then my opinion changes.

  9. pdu

    Keith Law was at the game and talked about it in the last 5 minutes or so of the Baseball Today podcast:

  10. pinson343

    @pinson343: When I said it’s a “start”, I was trying to make a clever pun. Turns out it wasn’t a start, he pitched in relief, oh well.

  11. pinson343

    @Tom Diesman: Chapman has to improve his command. Being a starting pitcher will give him the best shot at that.
    This was Price’s thinking and I agree.
    Koufax was wilder than Chapman early in his career, Randy Johnson was about as bad (no time to look it up now).

    But as others have said, by the time Chapman develops into a brilliant starter, it will most likely be for a different team.

    • Tom Diesman

      Chapman has to improve his command. Being a starting pitcher will give him the best shot at that.

      I agree that his chances for improving his command will increase with him becoming a starter and pitching more innings. But adding in other pitches back into his arsenal will slow it back down a bit more. All told, I don’t want to watch him walk nearly a batter an inning at the major league level. That’s what the minor leagues are for.

  12. pinson343

    @Tom Diesman: If Chapman is still walking nearly a batter an inning as a starter, he will be pitching in the minor leagues.