Reds get Chapman


#1

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100110&content_id=7896508&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Reds land Chapman. Doubt he will make too much of an impact on their season, i was never impressed with him in the WBC other than his speed. He walks a lot of people.


#2

Ironic you would comment on Chapman :lol:

He is the ultimate prospect in evrey way: tall, left handed, 100+ mph…

Time to see if the scout’s ultimate dream ends up really being the scouts ultimate dream.


#3

a mere 25 million dollar test lol


#4

Something must be up with this guy if the big market teams took a pass on him. This is a big risk for the Reds and if they see any return on this investment it won’t be in 2010


#5

"The pitcher had electric stuff but couldn’t find the plate…"
This could be a major issue with him. That being the case, I’m not surprised that the big teams passed on him. I have a feeling that the Reds are going to have their hands full with him, at least in the first season or two. One other poster commented that Chapman walks a lot of guys, and if this is the case they will have to send him down to the minors to work on his control.
This has happened many times—a hot prospect shows up, a team rushes to sign him, and then the trouble begins. If it isn’t control and command it’s something else. I can’t understand what it is with these teams that leap before they look. :roll:


#6

He’s going to beast, hes hungry…He didn’t leave his family for nothing.


#7

youre right he didnt leave his family for nothing, but he does have 25 mil now for them.


#8

Lets check the facts:

  1. On a scouting scale of 20-80 , Chapman is rated an 80 for his fastball. That’s the best you can get.

  2. He is listed at 6’4".

  3. He is left handed.

  4. He has thrown 102 mph.

  5. He actually only gets paid $1 million (ONLY?) in 2010.

  6. Worse case - the Reds have a lefty specialist for the 7th or 8th inning.

  7. The reason the Yankees and Red Sox aren’t biting is because it will be a few years before he gets it right.

The only risk is the control. So if you are in Reds management and you don’t have anybody in the system that can mentor Chapman to hit his spots, shame on you. I’m thinking a guy like Orlando Hernandez or Kendry Morales (Cuban) could help with the transition.

When you think about the state of affairs in MLB, the small market teams need to take the risks to be competitive. I’m just impressed they put their money where their mouth is instead of hiding it somewhere offshore or in some protected investment that doesn’t show up on their balance sheet. Umm, that’s what the Pittsburgh Stumble Bums would do!


#9

[size=18]He has thrown 102 mph…The only risk is the control.[/size]

So much for the prevailing winds that blow … Velocity is king.

Coach B.


#10

either way i can’t wait to see how he does. They will bring him up quickly im sure.

Dino you’re right, worst case scenario they have a good 7th 8th inning lefty specialist


#11

Off topic, but what team do you play for Undersized?


#12

I’m in my senior year at a small division I school in the DC/Maryland area.

If/when I play pro ball i’ll be more open to being more public about my actually identity haha.

Previous people have figured it out on their own through google and previous posts but if you really want to go through the hassle I could PM you.


#13

[quote=“Dino”]Lets check the facts:

  1. On a scouting scale of 20-80 , Chapman is rated an 80 for his fastball. That’s the best you can get.

  2. He is listed at 6’4".

  3. He is left handed.

  4. He has thrown 102 mph.

  5. He actually only gets paid $1 million (ONLY?) in 2010.

  6. Worse case - the Reds have a lefty specialist for the 7th or 8th inning.

  7. The reason the Yankees and Red Sox aren’t biting is because it will be a few years before he gets it right.

The only risk is the control. So if you are in Reds management and you don’t have anybody in the system that can mentor Chapman to hit his spots, shame on you. I’m thinking a guy like Orlando Hernandez or Kendry Morales (Cuban) could help with the transition.

When you think about the state of affairs in MLB, the small market teams need to take the risks to be competitive. I’m just impressed they put their money where their mouth is instead of hiding it somewhere offshore or in some protected investment that doesn’t show up on their balance sheet. Umm, that’s what the Pittsburgh Stumble Bums would do![/quote]

The Reds have 10 players from Latin America and a couple of those can speak Spanish (pretty much the Cuban Language) including catcher Ramon Hernandez.


#14

[quote]I’m in my senior year at a small division I school in the DC/Maryland area.

If/when I play pro ball i’ll be more open to being more public about my actually identity haha.

Previous people have figured it out on their own through google and previous posts but if you really want to go through the hassle I could PM you.[/quote]

It’s okay, I just got curious when I remembered that you said you played Miami.

Is it UM-College Park? It’s not small, but it’s the only school I know in the area. I’m really interested in playing for them, it would be a nice fit. Got to get up to 93-95 first though.


#15

you don’t need to throw 93-95 to play at UMD.
they have a handfull of guys who throw 85-86