Is he a starter? Is he a reliever? Is he even human?
These are all questions being asked by fans and media alike this winter when discussing Reds southpaw Aroldis Chapman. Okay, so that last one may be a bit of an exaggeration, but anyone who can throw a 100 MPH fastball with the relative ease as Chapman does warrants such super-human and/or immortal consideration. Enough of that. Now, back to preseason expectations.
The Reds enter this season with a widely-known plan to transition The Cuban Missile from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Folks with fantastic long-term memory may remember that the club had a similar agenda last spring before the injury bug bit the team's relief staff pretty hard. When key contributors Nick Masset, Bill Bray, and Ryan Madson went down to various ailments, the Reds were forced to abandon their ambitious plan.
Actually, moving Chapman to the backend of the bullpen proved to be a blessing in disguise. The flamethrower excelled in his set...