Aroldis Chapman, of the Cincinnati Reds is known for his world record speeds of his fastball topping 105 mph. During Spring Training, the pitching coaches will be transforming Aroldis from reliever to starter. A very hard transition here. Through his whole career he has been inconsistent and has had numerous control problems. You know that “kid” that always brags about how fast he throws but can’t hit the side of a barn? Well, it doesn’t matter how fast you throw if you can’t throw strikes. I think when he becomes a starter it will be a huge hit or miss. Also, he got away with mainly using his fastball since it was so fast and being only a reliever, he wasn’t expected to pitch a whole game. He will absolutely need to develop some variety and more dangerous pitches or they’ll just tee-off of him. If he can develop a dangerous curve and change up, he could be unstoppable. Imagine a 101 mph fastball followed by an 85 mph change up. Scary, right? Also, becoming a starter will dramatically increase the number of innings pitched. He could throw his arm out if he’s not prepared correctly.
I have a feeling this won’t be a good transition, but who knows? I’m just not convinced he’ll be able to go the distance. I believe the Reds should keep Aroldis as a dangerous reliever.