How Should Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman be used?
I'm a big Cincinnati Reds fan and I've been thinking about this the last few weeks while watching Aroldis Chapman just toy with major league hitters. It's easy to say that he should stay in the closer role based on his performance this year as a reliever, but I think the bigger impact can be made as a starting pitcher. Right now he's got 50 strikeouts through 28 innings, which averages to just over 16 strikeouts per 9 innings. He also hasn't given up an earned run yet this season, his statistics this year are phenomenal. I think another thing that should be factored is they spent a good amount of money to get him for a smaller market team (not as big a deal recently after the Votto deal, but not cheap either), they want to get as much as they can and not waste an amazing talent pitching less than 100 innings. All that said, it is awesome having a hammer at the end of the game that throws 100 MPH and higher! Either way he's an exciting player to watch and I'm just giddy thinking about a rotation like this 1. Johnny Cueto 2. Aroldis Chapman 3. Matt Latos (hopefully this start is just an abberation) 4. Bronson Arroyo 5. Homer Bailey or Mike Leake!!!
So if you were a Manager/GM of the Reds how would you use Aroldis Chapman?