Reds pitcher Aroldid Chapman makes his spring debut today. The 25-year-old left hander will get the start against the Colorado Rockies as he begins the transition from closer to starter this season.
The Reds had hoped to break Chapman in as a starter last season. In fact, the Cuban flame thrower dazzled and outperformed all other Reds
starters last spring. But injuries to relievers Ryan Madson and Nick Masset forced Cincinnati to put Chapman back in the bullpen for another season, where he shined as a near unhittable closer.
Some would argue against moving a player who was so dominant in the closing role to the starting rotation. But the logic behind the move is simple. If Chapman is one of your best arms, it only makes sense that you roll him out on the mound for as many innings as possible. If, as a starter this season, he is anything near what he was as a closer in 2012, the Reds will be one of the favorites to win the 2013 World Series.