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Will Aroldis Chapman be a starter or reliever in 2013?
When Aroldis Chapman got his 6th speeding ticket for going 93 mph, it was after his Kentucky driver’s license had already been taken away. The judge let it slide I’m assuming because he realized that 93 miles per hour is simply a changeup for Chapman.
It’s his fastball that’s really fast. I was watching him pitch on TV and I personally clocked it at 123 mph. Don’t bother fact checking that. Just believe me. The speed you can fact check is 105.1 mph, which was the fastest pitch ever recorded by Major League Baseball and thrown by Chapman in 2010. While he commonly bumps up over 100, his four seamer sits at 98, and has a 33% whiff rate, which is just ridiculous.
While I joked about a changeup for Chapman, he really doesn’t have one. His second pitch is a wicked slider that comes in between 87 and 90 mph. Again, Chapman likes it fast.
But in order to transition from relief to a starter his fastball has been slowed down to 93 mph in...
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The Reds enjoyed a rare off day on Thursday after crushing Team Canada by a tally of 12-2 Wednesday night. The win effectively snapped a seven-game losing skid for Dusty Baker's bunch.
Well, not really because the game doesn't officially count on their spring training record. However, do any of these games really matter at all? I'll answer that with another question...
Not Ludwick hitting the 3-run bomb; just him batting sometime last September.Last Game
The Reds went to town on Team Canada last night, walloping them 2-12.
Mat Latos started for the Reds and gave Team Canada its two runs. After his 3 innings, though, the bullpen was in the groove. The Reds struck out 14.
Ryan Ludwick hit a 3-run home run in the second inning, and Miguel Olivo did...
One of the challenges when it comes to ranking players by position in fantasy baseball is trying to determine which player is going to have that breakout season and return a profit to your auction buy or draft pick. When reviewing the list of third basemen for the 2013 season, my pick to break out is Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds.
Frazier took over at third base for the Reds...
Ryan Ludwick and Miguel Olivo hit three-run homers Wednesday night and the Cincinnati Reds piled up 18 hits for a 12-2 victory over Canada's team in the World Baseball Classic.
The Canadians managed only four hits in a tuneup for their opening WBC game on Saturday. Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who is on Canada's team, didn't play.
Mark Hardy, who pitched for Double...
The Reds haven't won a baseball game in a week, and two of their biggest stars (Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips) are currently on leave due to the World Baseball Classic, but have no fear, I have some great nuggets to share with you. Dive on in.
+ Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says the Reds are making two bold moves by sliding Aroldis Chapman into the bullpen and Shin-Soo...
You know the usual suspects on the Reds: Votto, Chapman, Phillips, Latos, Bruce, Choo, and so on and so forth. None of them are really going to be an x-factor this year, because everyone is counting on them to be a huge part of the team. So when looking for someone a bit under the radar to make an impact on such a star-studded team, you've got to think about more than the usual...
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (7) | 2011 (6) | 2010 (17) | 2009 (14) | 2008 (3)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [97-65] NL Central
AAA: [51-93] International League – Louisville
AA: [68-70] Southern League – Pensacola
A+: [72-68] California League – Bakersfield
A: [60-78] Midwest League – Dayton
Zack Cozart (SS); Devin Mesoraco...
The 2012 Reds rebounded back into a the second-best record in baseball and a post-season berth. Can they maintain that same level of success or are they poised for another big drop off?
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You May Say I'm a Dreamer (12:00 PM)
2013 Burning Question (1:30 PM)
This Is My Nightmare (3:00 PM)
2013 X-Factor (4:30...
We've reached the end of our NL Central preview week, and today, we'll be looking at the defending division champions: the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds had an awesome season in 2012 behind a rock solid starting rotation, a dominant bullpen, and one of the best all-around players in baseball in Joey Votto. This offseason, the Reds made some nice tweaks going forth, and will look...
TEMPE, Ariz. The buzz question in the camp of the Cincinnati Reds this spring is: Aroldis Chapman or Mike Leake? Mike Leake or Aroldis Chapman?The Reds are experimenting this spring to see what works best for the good and betterment of the team. There is no question Chapman was one of the best closers in the game last season, but some segments of the organization envision him as...
Cincinnati’s has one of the easier opening day rosters to predict after returning most of their players from a 97-win season. Dusty Baker’s management style utilizes all 25 of the active roster spots and there still is some competition for utility infield and bullpen jobs as the season approaches.