From today’s Sporting News Today:
Working with new Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona, Chapman already has shown noticeable improvement with his curveball. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He made an adjustment with his hand on top and learned it very quickly,Ã¢â‚¬Â Reds manager Dusty Baker says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bryan said his breaking ball was a lot better than what he had seen on TV. His changeup was outstanding as well. He rarely threw it in international ball because he said a lot of guys sit on changeups and breaking balls. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an adjustment heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll face here.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Reds will be watching his workload. Chapman told Price that he would have Ã¢â‚¬Å“like a week offÃ¢â‚¬Â all year sometimes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bryan says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably ahead of most of the pitchers on our team except the ones who played winter ball,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker says.
Chapman will get some chances at the major league level during spring training, and his performance will determine where he begins the season. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not saying heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on the club, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not saying heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s necessarily going to the minor leagues,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A lot of that depends on what he shows.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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