Scouting Report: Aroldis Chapman – LHP – CIN

Aroldis Chapman – LHP – Cincinnati Reds. 6’4″ 185. DOB: 2.28.88. Signed: Cuba 6 Year $30.25MM.

Scouted: Louisville Bats @ Columbus Clippers 6.1.10 (In Person)

I got my first look at Aroldis Chapman on TV during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. While pitching for the Cuban National Team, Chapman elevated his international prospect status with a 4IP 3H 1ER 1BB 7K performance against Australia. The following outing against Japan however, Chapman struggled with his control. He often had trouble with his release point and when things were not going well, he stomped and pouted on the mound. He took the loss against the eventual champions and left with a line of 2.1IP 3H 3ER 3BB 1K. After defecting in 2010, Chapman shocked baseball pundits by signing with the low budget Reds.

Cuban National Series Statistics

Year

LG

W-L

ERA

G

GS

S

IP

H

BB

K

2005-06

CUBA

3-5

4.33

15

15

0

54

48

54

56

2006-07

CUBA

4-3

2.77

23

12

7

81

59

50

100

2007-08

CUBA

6-7

3.89

16

16

0

74

55

37

79

2008-09

CUBA

11-4

4.03

22

20

0

118

109

62

130

TOTAL

24-19

3.74

76

63

7

328

271

203

365

Minor League Statistics

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

2010

IL

AAA

9-6

3.57

39

13

1

0

8

95.2

77

52

125

1.348

Major League Statistics

Year

LG

Level

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

SO

WHIP

2010

NL

MLB

2-2

2.03

15

0

0

0

0

13.1

9

5

19

1.050

It’s important to note that getting one live look doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report, but that’s not going to stop me from giving you my report anyway. On the day Chapman produced a line of 7IP 4H 2ER 3BB 5K in a no decision.

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball: On sheer velocity, Chapman breaks the 80-20 scale. That’s what happens when you can hit 105 MPH on the radar gun. While he doesn’t get much actual movement at that velocity, his 3/4 delivery causes the ball to cross the plane at a boring angle to right handed hitters.

Slider: Chapman can hit 90 MPH with this pitch on a good day, and it has sharp but sizable break.

Changeup: His changeup is a below average offering and it’s simply not needed out of the pen. His eventual success as a starter will depend heavily on the development of this pitch.

DELIVERY

Chapman has improved his delivery as a professional as the lengthy lefty used to have trouble repeating his delivery. On occasion Chapman will depart from his 3/4 delivery and come over the top to throw his sliders. More experienced hitters will exploit this if Chapman doesn’t maintain a consistent release point.

FUTURE

The question on Chapman’s future is whether he’ll start or relieve. Chapman, like any premium pitching prospect, is more valuable as a front line starter than as a reliever. However, Chapman is so filthy out of the pen on a contending team that his immediate future is to resume his 8th inning role in Cincinnati and possibly take over for Francisco Cordero if he falters.

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