Chapman, warming up before a spring training start in Scottsdale
Is Aroldis Chapman the best pitcher in baseball?
According to the F12 Rating, he is. Chapman has a 32.960 F12, almost two full points ahead of the second ranked pitcher, Gio Gonzalez.
Dusty Baker and the Cincinnati Reds have made the hard-throwing Cuban their closer, and Chapman has excelled. His fastball famously hits 100 mph regularly, and he is blowing away hitters at a mind-boggling rate (16.1 SO/9).
Aroldis has also dramatically improved his walk rate. Last season, Chapman floundered to a 7.4 BB/9, but in 2012 his rate is a cool 2.8 per 9.
The Cuban Missile has not allowed an earned run.
If he continues to pitch this well, he will rival some of the great relief pitcher seasons we’ve ever seen….
In a full month of watching Cactus League action in person, Chapman was the best pitcher I saw, and that includes arm...