“It was terrific. He was in the zone with all three of his pitches,” Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. “I thought he was sharper against hitters than he was in the bullpen.”
For all of the hype about Chapman’s 100-mph fastball coming into camp, it was his slider and changeup that drew the most raves Wednesday.
On his third pitch of the day, Chapman threw a changeup away to infielder Chris Burke, and people standing around the cage were heard saying, “Oooh.”
“That’s a nice little repertoire. Somebody should sign this kid,” Burke joked after leaving the cage.
Reports are that his slider and changeup have improved markedly since arriving in America. Maybe Price is earning his money.
(And since I haven’t linked this yet, Jerry Crasnick has a pretty good profile of Chapman over at ESPN.com.)