Originally written on Diamond Hoggers  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Full disclosure:  I had this idea written out a week ago for 2013 bold predictions before Aroldis Chapman stated that he would prefer to be a closer. Aroldis Chapman throws the baseball 100 mph.  That’s what he does best.  His fastball is utterly dominant.  He could certainly be a great starter.  The problem with Chapman is that his secondary pitches – the change up and breaking ball just aren’t up to snuff yet.  It’s much easier to step in for one inning and blow by hitters when the previous pitcher was “only” touching 91 or 92 than to consistently turn over a lineup without more pitches that you can get batters out with.  After the first time through the lineup, hitters adjust and most guys can catch up to 100 mph heat.  That will be a problem and will be more of a problem the more hitters see him and are able to adjust to the speed.  There are reports that he is working on a cutter and he does have a pretty good slider, but that’s not quite enough.  The fastball/slider combo i
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