Tagged: Aroldis Chapman

Leveraging Non-Closers Rotoworld

Aroldis Chapman is mentioned in this one. The rest of the Reds bullpen should be mentioned in this as potential helpers, like Mr. Broxton.

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via Leveraging Non-Closers Rotoworld.


What is under the Christmas Tree this year Walt?

It is that time once again when Cincinnati Reds fans wait to see what happens after MLB Winter Meetings. The last two years have been good to us around this time with trades for Shin-Soo Choo, Mat Latos and Sean Marshall. What will be under the Christmas tree this year for Reds fans? Only time will tell and I am very excited to see what happens next.

There have been a lot of rumors lately with 2B Brandon Phillips being traded. Along with RHP Homer Bailey (which Walt Jocketty shot down saying they were trying to re-sign him, not trade him.) Aroldis Chapman has even been thrown into some of the trade rumors, along with Sean Marshall. Brandon Phillips was in the New York Yankees trade rumor where the Reds would get OF Brett Gardner for Phillips straight up but the Yankees turned down that deal wanting to hold onto Gardner for a starting pitcher.

Reds have been rumored to be very interested in free agent 2B Omar Infante which would lead to a Brandon Phillips trade coming soon, or would it? Some say Infante would play 3B or OF. There is also another rumor going around that Matt Kemp would come to the Reds for Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips. But I would not put too much thought into that one due to the fact that Kemp would cost more money then Phillips which would then put the Reds and Walt Jocketty in even worse shape financially. There were also rumors of Bronson Arroyo being signed back to the Reds but Walt Jocketty told reporters right away that he just wanted to sit in with Arroyo’s agent and see where they were with contract talks and thought he owed it to Arroyo to at least listen due to what he has done for the Reds. Jocketty also told reporters that the Reds had to move on with trying to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which makes sense due to the contract he is looking for with his agent Scott Boras.

If Cincinnati Reds do trade Brandon Phillips it will be for a one year rental OF player where they then will spend the money owed to Phillips to signing Homer Bailey to a big contract extension. They then would go after Omar Infante (if they could afford him) and a backup switch hitting middle infielder.

Walt Jocketty talks about Brandon Phillips and Aroldis Chapman

Cincinnati Reds general manager, Walt Jocketty told reporters that he has talked to 2B Brandon Phillips and told him trade talks are now over. Jocketty said, “We’re a better team with him.”

I have read that this could be because of how much Jacoby Ellsbury got from the Yankees, which reflects what Shin-Soo Choo should get close to in free agency. Which of course is way too much for the Reds to even think about, even if they did trade Phillips. Jocketty also said that Aroldis Chapman will be their closer.


Reds go home with the win

Cincinnati Reds won today against San Diego Padres (4-1) at PetCo Park in a much-needed win for the Reds. Homer Bailey was pitching great and went 8.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 run getting 7 strike outs. He has really become a great pitcher to watch now. Aroldis Chapman pitched 0.2 innings to get his 25th save.

Homer Bailey

Derrick Robinson went 1 for 4 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 strike out. He layed down a few very nice bunts in this game and so did Zack Cozart who went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 strike out. Cozart batted 7th in the batting order while Robinson batted number 1 again. Chris Heisey went 2 for 5 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI while Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a home run. Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 and Todd Frazier continues to slump by going 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs. Corky Miller went 1 for 3 and is always a great player to watch play behind the plate. I still think he will be the manager of the Reds one day. Or should I say, I hope he is the manager of the Reds one day? Either way I really would like to see him manage at the pro level later in his life.

Brandon Phillips gets a home run

Todd Frazier has not got a hit since July 25 when he went 2 for 4 against Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0 for 4 with 2 SO July 31. 0 for 4 vs. Padres on July 30. 0 for 3 on July 29 vs. Padres. O for 3 vs. Dodgers on July 28. 0 for 3, July 27 and O for 3 on July 26 vs. the Dodgers. So he went 2 for 24 against Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 7 games. Vs. San Francisco Giants the series before he went 8 for 17 with 6 RBI. He is due to come out of the slump and starting hitting again.

Todd Frazier needs a hit

Cincinnati Reds 3 stars in 2012

Here are my three stars for the Cincinnati Reds 2012 season.

Star #1: Aroldis Chapman

Year   Age  W L  ERA   G SV    IP  WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2012    24  5 5 1.51  68 38  71.2 0.809 4.4  0.5  2.9 15.3
3 Yrs      11 8 2.33 137 39 135.0 1.015 4.5  0.4  4.6 14.1

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2012.

Star #2: Ryan Hanigan

Year      G   AB  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2007      5   10   1   2 .300 .364 .400 .764
2008     31   85  10   9 .271 .367 .365 .732
2009     90  251  37  31 .263 .361 .331 .692
2010     70  203  33  21 .300 .405 .429 .834
2011     91  266  35  32 .267 .356 .357 .714
2012    112  317  44  37 .274 .365 .338 .703
6 Yrs   399 1132 160 132 .275 .370 .360 .729

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2012.

Star #3: Johnny Cueto

Year     W  L  ERA  GS    IP  WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2012    19  9 2.78  33 217.0 1.171 8.5  0.6  2.0  7.1  3.47
5 Yrs   60 46 3.57 149 904.0 1.261 8.6  0.9  2.8  7.0  2.50

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2012.

Opening Day

Opening Day was just the start! There are many great things yet to come for Cincinnati Reds in 2012. Johnny Cueto pitched 7 great innings allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Then Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall pitched one inning each with 2 strike outs each. Starting SS Zack Cozart went 2 for 4 with 1 run and Jay Bruce went 1 for 3 with a great home run off of Edward Mujica in the 8th inning.

The Reds went 10 for 30 with 4 runs, 4 RBIs, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts leaving 19 on base. Not a bad day at the office. The one thing that sticks out the most of this game was when Drew Stubbs laid down a bunt his first at bat and got on base with his speed. I didn’t think I could jump that high anymore. In order for Stubbs to really cut back on those strikeouts he is going to have to be willing to do something like that at every at bat and seeing that first one really impressed me a lot. Drew Stubbs singles on a bunt ground ball to second baseman Omar Infante.” [Source]

Now that the season has begun, we all can take a deep breath once again and get ready for the rest of the season. Go Reds!

Potential to become the best!

As I look back and wonder what made me fall in love with Cincinnati Reds close to 20 years ago, one thing always comes to mind; They have always been the underdog, the little guy. And of course as far as big market / small market teams, the Reds are and have always been in that small market group but they have always had the potential of making a big market team lose a lot of sleep at night. With the addition of Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson fans are ready for a World Series win and the fans are not the only ones excited about their chances in 2012. Players and the front office are starting to see what it is like when you give fans something to look forward to. Sure, Walt had to really work hard to get these missing pieces in order to give the fans more hope for 2012 but I think he did a great job with what he had.

Now it is up to the players and the coaching staff to step up and show us what they got. They need Scott Rolen to be healthy. They need Bronson Arroyo to be a leader in the starting rotation and show the younger guys how to pitch deep into innings and get 200+ a season. The Reds need Nick Masset, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson to step up and become the new generation’s Nasty Boys. (The Ma-sty Boys) And most of all, the Reds need promising players like Drew Stubbs, Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman to show us they are ready to become great! To be honest, adding guys like Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson will boost Bailey and Chapman and show them what it takes to become the best in baseball.

Sure, the Reds are still not the favorite to win the National League Central. Tell, me something I don’t know. When have they ever been the favorite in everyone’s eyes? That is what I like about them, they have the potential and only a select few can see it. That is what will make them winning this season even more powerful for those that have been with them for so many years. The history of Cincinnati Reds alone is something to cheer for but I think 2012 is going to be a record-breaking season and a time for Reds fans to get ready for a whole new breed of Big Red Machine / Nasty Boys.

You can go to any other baseball blog out there and get the realistic views and comments of who is “expected” to win, or you can shy away from that thinking and look deep into the roster of the Reds and see what I see, the right combination of players that will win another championship for one of the most exciting ball clubs to ever be in the National League, the Cincinnati Reds!

On a side note, make sure you add @JayABruce on Twitter.

Reds roster and staff

Here is the 40-Man Roster for the Cincinnati Reds as of today. This of course is not counting Ryan Ludwick who is still not official yet.

        Cincinnati Reds 40-Man Roster
 #     Pitchers         B/T  Ht    Wt     DOB 
33 Jose Arredondo       R-R 6'0"  175  Mar 12, 1984 
61 Bronson Arroyo       R-R 6'4"  195  Feb 24, 1977 
34 Homer Bailey         R-R 6'3"  200  May 3, 1986 
   Andrew Brackman      R-R 6'10" 230  Dec 4, 1985 
45 Bill Bray            L-L 6'3"  225  Jun 5, 1983 
54 Aroldis Chapman      L-L 6'4"  195  Feb 28, 1988 
47 Johnny Cueto         R-R 5'10" 220  Feb 15, 1986 
46 Carlos Fisher        R-R 6'4"  225  Feb 22, 1983 
   Josh Judy            R-R 6'4"  200  Feb 9, 1986 
   Mat Latos            R-R 6'6"  225  Dec 9, 1987 
44 Mike Leake           R-R 6'1"  185  Nov 12, 1987 
63 Sam LeCure           R-R 6'1"  205  May 4, 1984 
   Kyle Lotzkar         L-R 6'4"  200  Oct 24, 1989 
   Ryan Madson          L-R 6'6"  200  Aug 28, 1980 
   Sean Marshall        L-L 6'7"  220  Aug 30, 1982 
40 Nick Masset          R-R 6'4"  240  May 17, 1982 
66 Logan Ondrusek       R-R 6'8"  230  Feb 13, 1985 
62 Jordan Smith         R-R 6'4"  220  Feb 4, 1986 
   Pedro Villarreal     R-R 6'1"  215  Dec 9, 1987 

 #     Catchers         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
29 Ryan Hanigan         R-R 6'0"  200  Aug 16, 1980 
39 Devin Mesoraco       R-R 6'1"  220  Jun 19, 1988 

 #   Infielders         B/T Ht     Wt     DOB 
43 Miguel Cairo         R-R 6'1"  220  May 4, 1974 
2  Zack Cozart          R-R 6'0"  195  Aug 12, 1985 
25 Juan Francisco       L-R 6'2"  240  Jun 24, 1987 
21 Todd Frazier         R-R 6'3"  220  Feb 12, 1986 
   Didi Gregorius       L-R 6'1"  175  Feb 18, 1990 
7  Paul Janish          R-R 6'2"  200  Oct 12, 1982 
   Donald Lutz          L-R 6'3"  235  Feb 6, 1989 
71 Kristopher Negron    R-R 6'0"  180  Feb 1, 1986 
4  Brandon Phillips     R-R 6'0"  205  Jun 28, 1981 
   Henry Rodriguez      S-R 5'10" 150  Feb 9, 1990 
27 Scott Rolen          R-R 6'4"  245  Apr 4, 1975 
   Neftali Soto         R-R 6'2"  180  Feb 28, 1989 
3  Chris Valaika        R-R 6'0"  210  Aug 14, 1985 
19 Joey Votto           L-R 6'3"  220  Sep 10, 1983 

 #   Outfielders        B/T Ht     Wt      DOB 
32 Jay Bruce            L-L 6'3"  225  Apr 3, 1987 
28 Chris Heisey         R-R 6'0"  225  Dec 14, 1984 
   Denis Phipps         R-R 6'3"  210  Jul 22, 1985 
6  Drew Stubbs          R-R 6'4"  200  Oct 4, 1984 


        Cincinnati Reds Coaching Staff 
Manager & Coaches 
 #     Name            Position 
12 Dusty Baker         Manager 
49 Brook Jacoby        Batting Coach 
38 Bryan Price         Pitching Coach 
   Mack Jenkins        Assistant Pitching Coach 
22 Billy Hatcher       First Base Coach 
41 Mark Berry          Third Base Coach 
35 Chris Speier        Bench Coach 
59 Juan Lopez          Bullpen Coach 
72 Mike Stefanski      Bullpen Catcher 

      Name             Position 
 Terry Reynolds        Director of Pro Scouting 
 J Harrison            Scout 
 Marty Maier           Scout 
 Jeff Morris           Scout 
 John Morris           Scout 
 Shawn Pender          Scout 
 Steve Roadcap         Scout 
 Mike Squires          Scout 
 Jeff Taylor           Scout 
 Dominic Viola         Scout 
 Jerry Walker          Scout 
 Joe Morgan            Baseball Operations Assistant 
 Paul Lessard          Athletic Trainer 
 Mark Riggins          Minor League Pitching Coordinator 
 Rick Sweet            Coordinator, Catching 


     Cincinnati Reds Broadcasters 

Marty Brennaman
Thom Brennaman
Chris Welsh 
Jeff Brantley
Jim Kelch
George Grande
Sean Casey
Kent Mercker


Fans still want more pitching

When I started 2r2d I tried to read as much as I could before I got started to try to get an idea of how fans felt about Cincinnati Reds. I have checked many blogs and I know there are still a lot out there that I have not seen yet, but I am very happy with the ones I have found. It is always good to find people who love your baseball team just as much as you do and I really think I have found a lot lately. All of the blogs I have found so far for the Reds are on the sidebar. If you know of any others worth checking out please leave a comment.

I have to be honest, I have tried to get involved in forums and message boards before and it has never been one of my most liked ways of finding out what the fans like. There are some guys that I try to follow what they say but with one good person there are ten or twenty bad ones so it is hard to keep up. I thought I would add some links to forums / message boards and once again, if you know of any others please comment and I will add them.

Cincinnati Reds Message Boards
Reds 4 Life Fan Forum

From reading blogs and glancing at some message boards it is starting to look like fans want even more pitching instead of position players. Even after the Reds getting Mat Latos, Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson, fans would rather see Walt Jocketty spend more money (and/or prospects) on pitching instead of a LF and SS/INF. A lot of the fans think Chris Heisey and Zack Cozart will do great at LF and SS and there is no need for anyone but maybe some low-budget fillers to help give them rest when needed.

There are many fans out there that really don’t think the starting rotation is where it should be and are hoping for another top of the rotation starter. I can honestly tell you right now, I really don’t think any more pitchers will be added this offseason. First, the Reds don’t have much more to trade for a top of the rotation starter and I really don’t think they have enough money for any of the starting pitchers that are free agents right now. Plus, I think Walt and the rest of the front office thinks their rotation is good enough with who they have. I won’t lie, one more good starter would always be nice to have but I am also hoping Aroldis Chapman proves everyone wrong and becomes a deadly starter in 2012. As for the bullpen, I think they are done there too and I seriously think there might be a few relief pitchers traded for a position player before the offseason is over. From what I have read, pitching is pretty much ready for spring training. Now the front office will work on getting position players and I expect Walt to get that done within a week or two. Of course, you never know when it comes to this time of year, something big might come up and another big move might happen but I think it would have to really impress Walt Jocketty a lot in order for him to say yes right now.

2011 Reds pitching SIERA

Today, I wanted to discuss Cincinnati Reds SIERA (Skill-Interactive ERA) numbers for 2011, using the pitchers on the roster now. “The league-average for starting pitchers is a 3.81 SIERA; the league-average for relievers is a 3.40 SIERA.” Zack Greinke had a 2.66 SIERA followed by Cliff Lee 2.72 SIERA and Roy Halladay 2.79 SIERA. Jonathan Papelbon had a 1.58 SIERA in 2011. I got all of the SIERA stats from my updated Reds pitchers list on fangraphs.com.

Cincinnati Reds pitchers SIERA 2011

Name        SIERA
Cueto        3.93
Latos        3.48
Arroyo       4.57
Bailey       3.78
Leake        3.76
Chapman      3.65

Madson       2.63
Marshall     2.20
Masset       3.58
Ondrusek     4.27
Bray         3.45
LeCure       3.01
Arredondo    4.12
Fisher       4.32
Judy         4.62
Brackman     8.69

Of course when trying to determine how good a pitcher really is, it is best to use many different stats in order to better judge each pitcher. SIERA is just one way to judge a pitcher and how well he has done. For more information about SIERA please go and read all the great posts on fangraphs.com