Blog Entry

Opening Day around the corner - Rookie Impact

Posted on: April 1, 2010 11:26 am
With opening day around the corner and with teams finalizing roster spots and rotations there are some players that have made rosters and can make an impact. Let's discuss a few...

Michael Brantley (Cle -OF) - Has won the Leftfield job for Cleveland. His speed and average can help your team.
Gaby Sanchez (Fla 1B) - Has won the 1B job for now. He has to continue to hit in order to hold of Logan Morrison.
Ian Desmond (WSH - SS) - Has won the SS job. He won the job primarily because of defense but has some speed and average.
Cincinati Reds 5th Starter - This job is still up in the air. With Aroldis Chapman's back injury it is up to one of the other rookies to win it.

Speaking of Aroldis...I heard a rumor this morning that Aroldis Chapman wants to play the OF instead of becoming a pitcher for the Reds. Is this true?

If it is then it is a big mistake on his part. He has the potential to become an All-Star pitch. There are not man lefties that can reach 100 MPH on the radar gun as a starter. He most likely would have taken over the 4th or 5th rotation spot by May 1st and been a mainstay of the Cincinnati reds rotation for years to come.

As a raw athletic OF he will just be one of a number of players that the Reds have in their minor league system. It will be a minimum of 2 years before he reaches the majors. The Reds have to be pissed. They didn't pay him 30 or 60M to sit in the minors for 2 years.

I hope for the Reds sake this isn't true.

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