Aug 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Reds want more innings from Aroldis Chapman


For the past few seasons, Aroldis Chapman has been on a somewhat restricted innings limit for the Cincinnati Reds.

That may be the case again, but the team is hoping to easily eclipse the 60+ innings Chapman has pitched the last two seasons.

Chapman has pitched in 68 games in each of the last two seasons, tossing 63.2 innings in 2013 -  a number that Reds pitching coach Bryan Price wants to surpass now that Chapman has a few years of MLB service under his belt.

#Reds Bryan Price says they’d like to get more than 60 innings from Chapman

How far the Reds are willing to go is unknown. Many of the top closers in the game can pitch upwards of 80 or even 90 innings, though Chapman, due to his strikeout heavy prone stuff (and often times wild) tends to throw more pitches than other closers.

The 25-year-old (soon to be 26) is coming off a very impressive campaign where he posted a 2.54 ERA alongside a 1.04 WHIP.

Most impressive though were Chapman’s strikeout numbers – blowing away 112 batters in those 63.2 innings.

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  • Ron Fulton

    The Reds are idiots if they don’t start him. You don’t take one of the best arms in baseball and pitch him 60 innings. His agent should inform him he could make more money as a starter, obviously he doesn’t know that.