Saturday, August 28, 2010

Aroldis Chapman: What do you think?

Ok I live in Ohio and we, and I guess any other home town team fan, are very quick to drink our team's Kool-Aid and get excited about any little thing pertaining to us. So if you can look past the fact that I am a Reds fan and give me your honest thoughts, it would be appreciated.

Earlier today Yahoo Sports broke a story on Reds pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman, which can be found here;_ylt=AnmBUMFhgwVbaH3dSwP9M3SrO4d4?urn=mlb-265783. Reportedly the kid was clocked throwing at 105 mph. That speed sounds crazy to me. It excites and scares me as a fan. The idea of Chapman fanning batters while throwing pitches at the speed of sound is great. Although as we all know with the recent news of Stephan Strasburg pitchers are very fragile.

First of all, what does this mean for the Reds? I'm wondering if we'll get to see a little of this guy when rosters expand in September. To be honest I don't know a great deal about him. Obviously the guy throws heat but early on I heard he was having some control issues. In the very game when the mythical 105 mph pitch was thrown, Chapman faced three batters retiring all of them swinging. 16 pitches 11 of which were strikes. Not too shabby. Should Reds fans get excited about him or is it too early to tell?

Secondly, what does this mean for collectors? In earlier posts I've stated that I personally think putting stock in pitchers is very iffy do to the risk of injury. A tweak to a pitcher's arm is a much bigger deal than a tweak to a first baseman's arm. With that said, should collectors buy early before he gets hot? His cards are relatively inexpensive if we're comparing them to the likes of Strasburg, Harper and Heyward. Needless to say, yesterday even before this story broke I bought a couple of his Bowman Chrome rookie cards cheap. Maybe I'm on to something or maybe it'll be a flop.

What do you guys think about Aroldis Chapman both as a player and someone to collect?


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Scary for Those Dropping the Big Bucks on Strasburg Cards

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg has a torn elbow ligament and most likely needs Tommy John surgery, bringing the pitcher's promising rookie season to an abrupt end.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday an MRI on the right elbow revealed a "significant tear."

Strasburg will travel to the West Coast for a second opinion, but Rizzo anticipates the 22-year-old right-hander will need the operation that requires 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation.

"I look at the bright side," Rizzo said. "Tommy John surgery is a surgery that we've had great success at. The success rate for guys coming back from Tommy John and retaining their stuff is very good."

Strasburg was pulled from Saturday's game at Philadelphia when he grimaced and shook his wrist after throwing a changeup.

The Nationals initially called the injury a strained flexor tendon in the forearm, but an MRI taken Sunday raised enough questions for the Nationals to order a more extensive MRI in which dye is injected into the arm.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Strasburg struck out 14 batters in a sensational major league debut in June. He is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings.

But he has had medical setbacks along the way, despite the team's best efforts to be as cautious as possible with their prized youngster. He was placed on the disabled list a month ago with inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. He was making his third start since returning from the DL when he had to leave the game against Philadelphia.

"The player was developed and cared for in the correct way, and things like this happen," Rizzo said. "Pitchers break down, pitchers get hurt and we certainly are not second-guessing ourselves. ... Frustrated? Yes. But second-guessing ourselves? No."

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Strasburg, Is He Valued a Little Too High?

Is the hobby world putting a little too much stock in Stephen Strasburg? Don't get me wrong I think he is going to bea great pitcher. In his 12 starts he hasn't looked too bad.

Regular SeasonSeason to Date
Aug 21@ PHIW 8-1-4.1211006 5300068.02.91
Aug 15ARIW 5-3-5.0531107 5300063.22.97
Aug 10FLAL 2-8L4.1666124 5300058.23.07
Jul 21@ CINW 8-5W5.2733017 5200054.12.32
Jul 16@ FLAW 4-0W6.0400037 4200048.22.03
Jul 9SFOW 8-1W6.0311118 3200042.22.32
Jul 3NYMW 6-5-5.0422035 2200036.22.45
Jun 28@ ATLL 0-5L6.1643027 2200031.22.27
Jun 23KANL 0-1L6.0911009 2100025.11.78
Jun 18CHWL 1-2-7.04110010 2000019.11.86
Jun 13@ CLEW 9-4W5.1211158 2000012.12.19
Jun 8PITW 5-2W7.04221014 100007.02.57
Total 68.056252251792 5300068.02.91

The guy throws hard and he throws a lot of strikes. But as we allknow pitchers are a little more fragile than your typical field player. He was just put on the 15-Day DL. I wonder if this is going to be a reoccurring thing that happens because of the type of pitcher he is.

I know one could point at a guy like Greg Maddux w
ho pitched for close to 100 years and say he'll be fine. But Maddux was a different type of pitcher. Who is to say that Strasburg want change as he matures as a pitcher? Maybe he'll be fine throwing the gas that he throws the rest of his career. But what if he has 3 or 4 years plagued with injuries and he's done?

I guess I don't understand why all of the hype for pitcher whose career, to me, seems like more of a shot in the dark than a guy like Jason Heyward. The value of Strasburg's cards are crazy right now some even going for thousands of dollars when Heyward's cards are considerably lower. For a guy, like myself, that can't drop high dollar money on sports cards but still wants to be able to collect and turn a profit Heyward seems like the best buy at the moment. I don't know I might be crazy but this seems like the safe bet hands down. I'd like to hear what you think about this.