AROLDIS CHAPMAN NEWS

Sandy’s Next Move: Trading Quantity For Quality

While having too much pitching is deemed a myth by many baseball fans, I believe the New York Mets have officially reached this paradox. Rare as it is to have so much depth, the Mets are crossing the point from developing their prospects to perhaps hindering them by keeping them in the minor leagues. When Zack Wheeler went down in the offseason, some fans pointed to injuries as...
Via Mets Merized Online
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Aroldis Chapman of the Batter’s Box

Aroldis Chapman was a major-league rookie in 2010, but it took no time at all for him to make a name for himself. Joel Zumaya had re-introduced the population to consistent triple digits, but Chapman pushed the limits to the extreme. In his 11th-ever outing, Chapman took the mound in San Diego, and the first […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' bullpen look to bounce back from recent struggles

The Cincinnati Reds' bullpen is already the worst in the majors, and now Aroldis Chapman is struggling. After their All-Star closer took a second loss in as many games, the Reds will likely need to rely heavily on their relievers again with Anthony DeSclafani again getting the ball versus the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Cincinnati's bullpen has a 5.47 ERA - 1.36 higher than...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves beat Reds 2-1 to end losing skid

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin singled off Aroldis Chapman to open the ninth, stole a base and scored on the closer's 103 mph wild pitch, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak and sent Cincinnati's best reliever to his second loss in two days. Chapman (1-2) also gave up a...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves rally off Chapman, beat Reds 2-1 to end losing skid

CINCINNATI (AP) Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin singled off Aroldis Chapman to open the ninth, stole a base and scored on the closer's 103 mph wild pitch, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak and sent Cincinnati's best reliever to his second loss in two days. Chapman (1-2) also gave up a ninth...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The White Sox Position-Player Catastrophe

Over the weekend, the White Sox scored 16 runs against the Reds in three games, and just Sunday they got the best of the impossible Aroldis Chapman, walking off after three consecutive hits. With that in mind, this would seem a funny time to be critical of the White Sox position players, but then, for […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Gordon Beckham Walks Off, Does Some Weird **** After

I’m not really sure what Gordon Beckham was going for in his celebration after knocking in the game-winning run for the Chicago White Sox against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, but props to him for hitting an Aroldis Chapman 100 mph fastball. Believe it or not, the White Sox are on a roll, winning four of six games. Sunday’s looked like a sure thing with a 3-1 lead and closer...
Via Sports Mockery
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Will Harris passes Reds Aroldis Chapman with 27.2 scoreless innings

RHP Will Harris struck out the side in the 9th inning last night on 15 pitches in the Houston Astros’ 11-4, comeback victory over the Seattle Mariners. The Astros improved to 17-7 on the season by winning their ninth straight game, their longest winning streak since 2006. The 17-7 record matches their best 24-game start in franchise history Harris (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has now made...
Via Baseball Essential
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Imagining a better (?) Aroldis Chapman

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Via Fox Sports
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Raisel Iglesias Impresses, but Questions Remain

When the Reds signed Aroldis Chapman out of Cuba, a brief attempt was made to make him a starter in the minors, but in the majors, he has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. Raisel Iglesias, a fellow Cuban import who has been ticketed by some for the bullpen, has already made one more start […]
Via Fangraphs
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #41: Aroldis Chapman | RP | CIN

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Chapman ranked 42nd overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 41 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). Last year during a seemingly innocuous spring training game versus the Kansas City Royals, Chapman’s career and life were seemingly...
Via Baseball Professor
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Dodgers And The Cubans That Haven’t Worked Out

Each year, it seems, there’s a hot new Cuban making an impact in the big leagues. In 2011, we got our first full season of Aroldis Chapman. In 2012, it was Yoenis Cespedes in Oakland. The next year, Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig finished 1-2 for the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2014, Jose […]
Via Fangraphs
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds bullpen outlook: Who will get the ball to closer Chapman?

No pitcher had ever gone through a season and averaged throwing their fastball 100 mph. Aroldis Chapman did last season. No pitcher had ever produced a strikeout rate of 17-per-nine innings. Chapman's rate was 17.67 last season. No relief pitcher had recorded a strikeout in as many as 40 straight appearances. Yeah, Chapman did that and then some last year when he reached 49 games...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Reach One-Year Deal with Closer Aroldis Chapman

The Cincinnati Reds made another move to further solidify what they hope will be an extremely good bullpen on Friday, by coming to terms with closer Aroldis Chapman on a on-year $8.05 million dollar contract. The contract will allow the NL Central squad to avoid arbitration with their heralded reliever who has taken the league by storm since defecting from his native Cuba in late...
Via Baseball Essential
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds Avoid Arbitration

In a day filled with ball clubs avoiding arbitration with their relief aces, this situation proved no different. The Cincinnati Reds settle with Aroldis Chapman on a contract that will net the fireball throwing lefty just over eight million dollars for the 2015 season. chapman, reds settle at $8.05M. well above midpoint. @JeffPassan 1st — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds closer Chapman avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal

  Closer Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to an $8.05 million, one-year contract, just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Feb. 28, was 0-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 38 chances last year in his fifth season with the Reds. He struck out 106 in 54 innings and led the majors with an average of 17.67 strikeouts...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chapman, Reds agree to 1-year, $8.05 million contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Closer Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to an $8.05 million, one-year contract, just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Feb. 28, was 0-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 38 chances last year in his fifth season with the Reds. He struck out 106 in 54 innings and led the majors with...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds, Chapman avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

The Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract on Friday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported the deal is worth $8.05 million= Chapman was the last remaining arbitration-eligible player for the Reds this year. They went into the offseason with nine eligible players but traded three (Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon, Chris Heisey), did not offer...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds closer Chapman avoids arbitration, gets $8.05 million for 2015

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has agreed to terms on a one-year contract through the 2015 season, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was set for Friday. Chapman will receive $8.05 million, according to reports. Chapman had asked for $8.7 million, while the Reds were offering $6.65 million, giving Chapman a salary above the midpoint of figures, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported...
Via Fox Sports
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds closer helps Cincinnati area school get new locker room

Aroldis Chapman recently made a generous donation to the men's volleyball team at Mount St. Joseph University. The team was in need of a new locker room, and Chapman stepped in to help. Chapman, who defected from Cuba in 2009 has befriended one of the players on the team-- €”Cesar Trigo de Serrano, a senior from Miami, Florida whose parents are also from Cuba. Chapman has been...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Raisel Iglesias the next Aroldis Chapman?

Is Raisel Iglesias the next Aroldis Chapman? That’s the question I’ve been pondering over the last 48 hours and I think that ultimately the answer to that question is yes. No, I don’t foresee Iglesias being a 105 MPH throwing closer, and he certainly isn’t going to do it from the left side like Chapman does. But I believe that in five years we will be asking the same questions...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Cincinnati Reds Should Trade Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is one of the most dominant closers in baseball, yet trade rumors continue to circulate around him. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Aroldis Chapman creates fear every time he steps on the mound. As a left-handed closer standing at 6-4 and commonly featuring 100 mph heaters, it’s fair to suggest most at-bats against him are, in...
Via The Sports Journal
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds acquire Marlon Byrd, for some reason

Fresh off of selling off two-fifths of their rotation and making no other offseason moves of note, the Cincinnati Reds have chosen to trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Phillies. Sources: #Phillies and #Reds have a deal involving Marlon Byrd. RHP Ben Lively one of players headed to PHI. Announcement coming today. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 31, 2014 ...
Via The Outside Corner
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

My Five Favorite 2014 Aroldis Chapman Facts

I noted in my FanGraphs Player of the Year voting explanation that I very badly wanted to find a place for Aroldis Chapman. Ultimately I couldn’t do it, not with Chapman being a reliever and with other guys not being relievers, but I wanted to give Chapman some support for a season that was almost […]
Via Fangraphs
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman switches agents

After another successful season, Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is making a change off the field. The 26-year-old flamethrower, nicknamed "The Cuban Missile" will be represented by a different agency, switching from Hendricks Sports to Relativity Baseball, according to reports. Chapman saved 36 games with a 1.97 ERA for the Reds in 2014. He avoided arbitration last offseason...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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