Guess what Dusty Baker said yesterday, regarding Aroldis Chapman’s role with the organization next year?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, I mean, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one thing weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re wrestling with kind of, Steve. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not really sure if weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to start him again Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which we are already strong there Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or do we need him in the bullpen? You know, the bullpen was new to him last year. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why we kind of [inaudible] so to speak in that role, tried not to overpitch him, not too many innings. But I see him personally probably being somewhere in the back end of the bullpen. Because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to find a guy that can get righties and lefties out equally and that gas he has and you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even seen his breaking ball and his changeup yet so his potential is unbelievable. So probably somewhere in the back end of the bullpen.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I praised the decision to put him in the bullpen this year, but if Aroldis Chapman isn’t starting next year, it will be a crime. If you have a kid with that much talent, you put him in the position to make the biggest impact. Chapman will be much more valuable to the Reds as a starter. Period.
Fortunately, it is probably not necessary to get worked up about this. According to John Fay (in the post linked above), GM Walt Jocketty has said that Aroldis will “definitely” be a starter next year.