I never know what to make of these spring reports — it seems like everyone says they’re in “the best shape of their life” — but I read every single one of them. Yeah, I’m a sucker. After a winter in which I have been starved for baseball, I’ll take anything I can get.
Anyway, Fayman has a report today on Aroldis Chapman:
Aroldis Chapman will start spring training in the regular program with the rest of the starters.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I saw him throw a bullpen the other day,Ã¢â‚¬Â Price said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He looked pretty good. His breaking ball was good. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been in Florida throwing since he got the green light from Dr. (Tim) Kremchek after that shoulder tightness.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Chapman, the 23-year-old left-hander, is making the transition back to starter after spending the last season and a half in the bullpen.
This will be the third consecutive spring that I’ve been more interested in Chapman than any other Red. I’m hoping he sees some early success as a starter, so that the Reds will be encouraged to keep him in that role.