Daily Futures: Wild about Chapman
The arm inspires thrills, but control still an issue
And After Strasburg, We Get ChapmanAroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville)
Thursday's stats: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K
It's probably for the best that some bad weather has finally disconnected the schedules of Chapman and baseball's top prospect, Stephen Strasburg, who both made their pro debut on the same day. It's just too much to keep up with, and now we can focus on them one at a time. On Thursday, it was the Reds' lefty's turn, and he continues to miss plenty of bats, while also unfortunately still struggling with his control. Only 54 of his 95 pitches went for strikes, but as usual, he flirted with the upper 90s on several occasions and flashed a good slider at times. It's the highest-upside, non-Strasburg arm around, but it still needs more refinement.
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The rankings are limited to players who still have rookie eligibility; that means they have yet to exceed 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the majors and have not yet spent 45 days on the active roster of a major league club, excluding call-ups during the roster expansion period after Sept. 1.
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NO. PLAYER 1 Stephen Strasburg, RHP, WAS 2 Carlos Santana, C, CLE 3 Buster Posey, C, SFO 4 Mike Stanton, OF, FLA 5 Desmond Jennings, OF, TAM 6 Martin Perez, LHP, TEX 7 Domonic Brown, RF, PHI 8 Dustin Ackley, CF, SEA 9 Jesus Montero, C, NYY 10 Aroldis Chapman, LHP, CIN 11 Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, TAM 12 Casey Kelly, RHP, BOS 13 Aaron Hicks, RHP, MIN 14 Mike Trout, OF, LAA 15 Brett Wallace, 1B, TOR 16 Logan Morrison, 1B, FLA 17 Zach Britton, LHP, BAL 18 Tyler Matzek, LHP, COL 19 Michael Taylor, OF, OAK 20 Kyle Gibson, RHP, MIN 21 Shelly Miller, RHP, STL 22 Josh Vitters, 3B, CHC 23 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC 24 Lars Anderson,1B, BOS 25 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
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