Aroldis Chapman

The debate on Aroldis Chapman is supposed to be settled, but I wonder how long it will be before they start the debate again on where he will fit in best. When you are 25-years old and can throw over 100 mph, it is always going to be a debate on where he will fit in best on a team. To go from less than 100 innings a year to well over 200 innings is always a gamble when you throw as hard as he does. On the other hand, if he can throw that hard and still get slower pitches over the plate, you would like to think he could become a great starter. Up until a few years ago, you always began as a starting pitcher and as you got older, you converted to a relief pitcher. Today kids in high school are groomed as relief pitchers. As good as he was last year, I think most people want to see him as the Reds’ closer. But, I also see why the Reds want to try him as a starter. If he can go 7 innings every 5th day or so, you think he could be a 15+ game winner for a long time. We will have to wait and see which way he is best, because this year they say he is their “closer”. We will see how long he stays there.