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Posts tagged ‘Aroldis Chapman’

Roster Moves – Protection Deadline

February 1st is the deadline for submitting Protected Rosters for the upcoming season.  Players not being protected will then be released back into the player pool:


  • Atomic Roadrunners receive:
    • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25, 2 years)
  • Shoeless Jews receive:
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers ($27, 2 years)

Protect for 2011:

  • C Buster Posey, Giants ($1)
  • 1B Prince Fielder, Brewers ($29)
  • SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies ($31)
  • 3B Aramis Ramirez, Cubs ($25)
  • OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals ($35)
  • OF Hunter Pence, Astros ($26)
  • OF Drew Stubbs, Reds ($5)
  • OF Jose Tabata, Pirates ($5)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($5)
  • SP Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks ($2)
  • SP Edinson Volquez, Reds ($2)
  • RP Kenley Jansen, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($5)
  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($5)
  • RP John Axford, Brewers ($12)


  • 1B Adam LaRoche, $25 (Nationals)
  • 2B Brandon Phillips, $32 (Reds)
  • 3B Casey Blake, $5 (Dodgers)
  • OF Marlon Byrd, $9 (Cubs)
  • OF Roger Bernadina, $5 (Nationals)
  • OF Trayvon Robinson, $5 Minors (Dodgers)
  • RP Aroldis Chapman, $11 (Reds)
  • SP Randy Wells, $7 (Cubs)
  • SP Wade LeBlanc, $5 (Padres)
  • RP Tyler Clippard, $5 (Nationals)


  • Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain ($13) was traded to the Royals on December 19th, 2010 as a part of a multi-player trade that netted the Brewers SP Zach Greinke.
  • The protected list leaves the Roadrunners with $193 in protected salary, with $67 available for 9 players, for an average of $7.44 per player.

Reds: Chapman to Remain in Bullpen for 2011

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Monday that the club plans to keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen for the 2011 season. We’d love to see him get another try as a starter in the minor leagues, but the Reds have need a left-handed reliever now that Arthur Rhodes has signed with the Rangers. Jocketty said that he has no plans to look outside the organization in order to fill the role, so in addition to Chapman, look for Dontrelle Willis, Bill Bray, Matt Maloney and Daniel Ray Herrera to also get a look. Of course, Chapman was dominant as a reliever last season — both in the minors and the majors — so we wouldn’t dismiss the possibility that he could eventually steal save chances should Francisco Cordero struggle. (Rotoworld /

Dusty: Chapman Will Likely Stay in Bullpen for 2011

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Aroldis Chapman is likely to remain in the bullpen for the 2011 season. The Reds are paying him a starter’s salary and he certainly has the goods to handle starting duties, but Baker and Co. seem to think that he will benefit from one more year of relief. Chapman posted a 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings this year with 19 strikeouts against five walks. (Rotoworld / Steve Henson on Twitter)

Roster Moves – 2010 End-of-Season

Following each WBRL season, all non-protectable players are released back into the player pool, and reserved players not eligible for protection in the minor leagues are promoted to the active roster:


  • SP Mat Latos
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • 1B Adam LaRoche
  • OF Marlon Byrd
  • 3B Casey Blake

Released / WBRL contract expired:

  • 1B Albert Pujols
  • 3B Chase Headley
  • SP Josh Johnson
  • SP Clayton Kershaw
  • SP Johnny Cueto

Released / Signed After Protection Deadline:

  • C A.J. Ellis
  • 2B Jonathan Herrera
  • SS Angel Sanchez
  • OF Cameron Maybin

Released / Non-Protectable Due to AL-NL Trade:

  • SP Dan Hudson

Remaining in Minors:

  • OF Trayvon Robinson

Roster Moves – Week 24 – September 14th, 2010

FAAB Acquisition:

  • SS Angel Sanchez, Astros ($0 bid) – Active at MI


  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Drew Stubbs (to UT)
  • SP Edinson VolquezCMCM
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • SP Ian Kennedy


  • UT Albert Pujols (to CM)


  • CM Adam LaRoche
  • MI Brooks Conrad
  • RP Aroldis Chapman
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Josh Johnson


  • MI Geoff Blum


  • The Marlins have shut down SP Josh Johnson for the 2010 season. He has an inflamed shoulder and a pulled back muscle, and he missed a throwing session over the weekend.  Since Johnson’s WBRL contract expires after this season, I guess it’s goodbye.
  • Hitting roster moves for this week were made purely on a batting average and stolen base basis.  So LaRoche (who contributes only in HR and RBI and is slumping a bit) goes to the bench for the first time in 2010.  Similarly, slumping 3B Chase Headley gets activated over similarly-slumping Casey Blake, due to Blake’s lack of mobility.
  • The only other team to make FAAB pickups, second-place Get Off Kong!, picked up former 2010 Roadrunner Luis Durango of the Padres.
  • Contingent selections for Sanchez were Colorado’s Jonathan Herrera (previously on the 2010 Roadrunners), and Cubs’ MI Darwin Barney.

Roster Moves – Week 22 – August 31st, 2010


  • 3B Casey Blake
  • OF Drew Stubbs
  • RP Kenley Jansen
  • RP Aroldis Chapman


  • 3B Chase Headley
  • OF Lorenzo Cain
  • SP Yovani Gallardo
  • RP Tyler Clippard


  • SP Edinson Volquez was sent down to Single-A Dayton for two starts to work on his consistency.  He’ll also be shadowing SP Aaron Harang, who is having issues coming back from injury.
  • This week was the first in 2010 in which no FAAB bids were placed.
  • Only three teams made roster moves – X-Men, Misogynistic Padres, and AaRr.  The Pi Train’s transaction was to adjust the contract of OF Brad Hawpe, who was released by Colorado and signed with the AL’s Tampa Bay Rays.

Chapman Back on Track in Shortened Outing

Arolids Chapman struck out nine in just five innings of work for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. Chapman had allowed one run on five hits before the game was called in the sixth inning due to rain. He had thrown 83 pitches, but he’s improving, even if he isn’t pitching deep into games. This was a nice bounceback start after he gave up seven runs in two innings on Monday, but the Reds will need to see this type of effort more consistently before they’ll consider calling him up. (Rotoworld)

Overnight Dispatches – June 9th, 2010

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates will call up prospect right-hander Brad Lincoln and outfielder Jose Tabata before Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln was widely expected to make his major league debut on Wednesday, but the promotion of Tabata comes as a minor surprise. The 21-year-old outfielder is batting .308/.373/.424 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 224 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. The Pirates will likely give plenty of playing time to Tabata, making the supposed 21 year-old a worthy fantasy pickup right off the bat. We’re still eagerly awaiting Pedro Alvarez’s debut, but the two are a nice infusion of youth for a team that was dominated by Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night. (Rotoworld)

Casey Blake was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Blake missed the last five games due to back spasms. (Rotoworld)


Chris Volstad allowed six runs — five earned — over four innings in a loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. The Phillies offense was on and Volstad just wasn’t up to the task, allowing eight hits, including two homers. He didn’t help his own cause by walking three and striking out just two. Volstad does struggle with consistency, but has big upside. There was a chance that the line might have been much uglier for Volstad, as he left three men on base when he exited, and only one of those runners scored. He allowed two home runs in the contest for his first mulit-home run performance since April 25 when he pitched at Coors Field. He has gone more than a month without a win (May 7). In other words, he’s a matchup starter in mixed leagues. Against Tampa Bay this weekend, you’re going to have to have a strong stomach to use him. (Rotoworld)

Omar Infante went 3-for-5 with a steal in the Braves’ win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday. He got to start at second with Martin Prado nursing a finger injury, but the regular is expected to return Wednesday. Infante might be hard-up for playing time now that Chipper Jones has returned to third base. (Rotowire)

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a double in the Reds’ loss to the Giants Tuesday. He picked up three hits against a gem-ing Matt Cain, but he was caught stealing for the sixth time this year. (Rotowire)


The Padres moved Chase Headley to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Tuesday, the team’s official site reports. Manager Bud Black wanted to move David Eckstein into the leadoff spot, which prompted him to move Headley into the now-vacant two-hole. Headley will now bat ahead of Adrian Gonzalez instead of behind him. (Rotowire)

Aroldis Chapman had his worst outing as a pro on Monday, giving up seven runs on six hits and six walks with one strikeout in just two-plus innings, the Reds’ official site reports. Chapman’s walk-rate was already a concern before this outing, and it should help slow down the cries to call him up. He’s got a 61:34 K:BB in 54.2 innings. (Rotowire)

Chapman Pitches Well Following Rainout, Takes the Loss

Chapman pitched well on Saturday for Triple-A Louisville. Although he walked four and struck out just one batter, Chapman allowed one hit and one earned run through five innings of work. He struggled with his command on Saturday and took the loss in his second minor league start for the Louisville Bats, Cincinnati’s Triple-A affiliate. Chapman continued to display his dominant stuff and electric fastball. Chapman struck out only one despite having five pitches top 100 mph. While it’s hard to say when, we still expect Chapman to debut in 2010, so continue to stash him away in all Fantasy formats. Chapman’s call-up date remains in flux, but the smart money is after May 15, due to his contract. (CBS Sports, Rotoworld)

Chapman Shines in Debut – K’s 9, Exceeds 101mph

Aroldis Chapman, in his professional debut for Triple-A Louisville against the Toledo Mud Hens, struck out nine and allowed just one run in 4 2/3 innings on Sunday. The 6-4 flamethrower walked just one batter for the game, with three of his pitches reaching 101 mph. “No debut compares to that at this level,” Louisville manager Rick Sweet told “As soon as the radar gun hit 100, you could hear the buzz in the ballpark.” Chapman allowed an unearned run on five hits and one walk in his 4 2/3 innings of work, throwing 55 of 85 pitches for strikes. “I was happy today that everything went about how I wanted it to,” Chapman said through interpreter and team trainer Tomas Vera. “Of course, there were pitches that couldn’t do what I wanted them to, but overall, I was happy.”.

Chapman, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Reds in the offseason, posted a 1.69 ERA and a 15/7 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings during Cactus League action. Chapman’s raw stuff is filthy and he should nudge his way into Cincinnati’s rotation in the near future. Former major-league Larry Parrish, who manages the Mud Hens, understands why the Reds sent him down. “He wasn’t J.R. Richard or Nolan Ryan out there,” Parrish said. “Today, he walked one. In the big leagues, he would’ve walked eight.” Parrish isn’t the first to suggest Chapman has control issues, but so far they haven’t shown up in the numbers. Only the stuff has, and that stuff is exciting enough to make Chapman worth stashing in all Fantasy leagues. He’ll likely reach the majors within a couple months. (CBS Sports, Rotowire, Rotoworld)

Yahoo!’s Andy Behrens had the following today:

Aroldis Chapman made his Triple-A debut for the Louisville Bats on Sunday, and he didn’t disappoint. Or rather, his arsenal of pitches didn’t disappoint. Chapman’s fielding was another story. But let’s begin with the more impressive details…

In 4.2 innings of work, Chapman struck out nine batters, allowing just five hits (all singles), one run (unearned), and one walk (the next-to-last hitter he faced). He hit 101 mph on the radar gun in the first inning, then 100 mph in the second and third. The left-hander threw 85 pitches, 55 of which were strikes. The sliders he threw on Sunday should not be legal.

Chapman exited the game with two outs in the fifth, leading the Toledo Mud Hens 2-1, only one out away from qualifying for a win. And that brings us to his day’s least impressive moment…

With the bases loaded (on an error, an infield single and a walk) Chapman induced a harmless grounder to first baseman Daniel Dorn. That would have ended the inning, were it not for the fact that Chapman neglected to cover first base. Thus the Mud Hens had their fourth infield hit of the game and their first run. It was an absentminded moment in an otherwise stellar performance. Chapman was relieved by Enerio Del Rosario, who finally extracted the Bats from the bases-packed jam.

On balance, Chapman’s debut was excellent. His defensive gaffe is obviously not the sort of thing that should ever happen to a pitcher with a $30 million contract (or a contract of any size). Those mistakes can’t follow him to the majors, whenever he arrives. If he can bring Sunday’s stuff with him to every start, we’ll see him in Cincinnati relatively soon.

And BP’s Kevin Goldstein had this to add:

While the best pitching prospect in baseball was making his professional debut in Altoona, the best left-handed prospect in the game was in equally glamorous Toledo, putting the first numbers on his official record. Chapman had better overall numbers than Strasburg, and he was throwing a bit harder as well, getting up to triple digits with his fastball and dominating primarily off of that while also flashing a solid slider. For a guy who has had occasional control issues, that certainly wasn’t the case on Sunday, and if that remains the case, he could beat Strasburg to the big leagues.

Update: SP prospect Aroldis Chapman’s Triple-A Louisville debut was encouraging to Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. “I saw the highlights, and he was beating guys with fastballs,” Price said. “In spring training, he was trying to trick guys with the changeup and slider. One of the things we focused on was him being able to finish hitters with his fastball. I was happy.” Chapman went 4 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing a run on five hits. He walked one and struck out nine. “The thing happens with pitchers who miss bats is they end up accumulating pitches,” Price said. “He did, and he hit his (85-)pitch limit with two outs in the fifth.” Chapman will likely start again Friday for Louisville against Columbus. We aren’t sure how many starts Chapman will need in the minors before he is called up, but his debut could be delayed if Cincinnati has no spot for him. Mike Leake, who beat Chapman for the fifth spot in the rotation during the spring, was impressive in his MLB debut and could hold onto his job. We do expect Chapman to debut in 2010, so continue to stash him away in all Fantasy formats. (CBS Sports)