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 http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Report-Scout-clocks-Reds-pitching-prospect-Cha;_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?