Aroldis Chapman – AA Carolina Mudcats

AA Carolina Mudcats

Photo Credit – Daniel E. Dobish

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Highlights: Aroldis Chapman has been erratic during his minor league rehab assignment.

It was a special treat going out to the minor league baseball park Sunday to see the Carolina Mudcats, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Major league fireballer RP Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) was scheduled to continue his minor league rehab assignment.

The word on the street from a couple of staffers was that Chapman has been a little less than cordial to fans and employees. Let’s face it. He is a young man who is still new to this country, playing in a place he doesn’t want to be, and he is having struggles for the first time as a baseball player. He is angry. He is upset. And he might very well be hurting.

Chapman came into Sunday’s game, this third appearance with the Mudcats, having allowed five earned runs over his first 2 1/3 innings. However, he put it all together Sunday, throwing two scoreless and hitless innings with two walks and three strikeouts. On a handful of occasions, he also showed off his triple-digit heat, which has made him the talk of baseball early in his career. Chapman wowed the crowd with a 102-mph heater for a strike, and threw another to Tennessee Smokes OF and Cubs prospect Brett Jackson for 104 mph.

Chapman can still be that dominant closer of the future, and is a player that is hard not to watch when he takes the hill. For Fantasy purposes, he is still best left to those in long-term keeper formats and deeper NL-only leagues when he gets back in form. However, he has the tools and the amazing ability to be the replacement for Francisco Cordero at the back end of the Reds bullpen for many years to come.


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