Aroldis Chapman, the Reds rookie phenom, hit triple figures at least 3 times during his 2 inning stint. It was his first start for the Reds this Spring Training.
“I wasn’t trying to throw that hard,” Chapman said through an interpreter, coach Tony Fossas. “It was good to face someone other than my own teammates. I felt better than I did in the last game. I start slow and as the game goes on, I throw harder.”
Chapman was clocked at 100 mph while pitching for Cuba during the World Baseball Classic last spring. The Reds signed him to a six-year, $30 million deal in January, and are giving the rookie a chance to make the back of the rotation. He hit Todd Frazier, one of his teammates, in the thigh during an intrasquad scrimmage last week, but was much sharper this time around.
That is one impressive start for the Reds. With Edinson Volquez out till at least August, there is one spot open in the rotation. Cincinnati is very excited.