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Kevin Chapman: Player Profile


In the 2013 season, a total of ten pitchers made their big league debut while wearing an Astros uniform. Kevin Chapman was one of the ten. Chapman was called up in August and logged 20& 1/3 innings in 25 appearances down the stretch. The small sample size produced a nice 1.77 ERA and .178 batting average against — as well as a 4.28 FIP and a 13.5% walk rate.

Chapman, who turns 26 in February, is a 2-pitch pitcher — fastball, slider. With a heater that sits consistently in the low nineties, Kevin isn’t exactly overpowering. His best asset, perhaps, is the fact that he is left-handed.

Although he has produced some outstanding strikeout numbers (11.0 K/9 IP) throughout his minor league career, walks (5.0 BB/9 IP) have always been a problem. The ability to harness his command will be the determining factor in Chapman’s role going forward. Right now his lefty/righty splits suggest he is destined to be a left-handed specialist.

 

It will be interesting to see if new pitching coach and biomechanics expert Brent Strom is able to transform Chapman into something more than a LOOGY. I would expect the Astros to bring in a few guys to battle Chapman for that role during Spring Training. Hopefully Chapman is able to improve upon his control and nail down a spot in the Astros bullpen. But, more than likely, a few trips between Houston and Oklahoma City are in Kevin’s immediate future.

 

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  • 1oldpro

    It sounds like he needs a change up off his fastball that moves to his arm side, enabling him to pitch to righties. Someone has to have tried to teach him that pitch before now. Maybe Strom has to work on that for Chapman to be more than a Wesley Wright.

  • Larry

    Greg, I can’t believe it all the Astros are doing is getting ex Cardinals players. Well they didn’t get Carlos Beltran, or Ferenado Salas, or David Freeze, but got Ryan Jackson & Adron Chambers & pitching coach Brent Storm. Looks like when Ed Wade was in all the Astros got was ex Phillies, like Michael Borun, Brett Myers, Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, JA Happ, & Jonathan Villar. And I can’t believe the Astros sign a pitcher like Peter Moylan I never heard of. I was hoping to see a Veteran Starting Pitcher, a power hitter, Right fielder, & a closer. And I don’t see a one. So what is Crane, & Luhnow doing for the Astros repairing another 100 lost season. I see some players they could go after but nobody the Astros could go after a Corey Hart, First Base, Shin-Soo Choo, right field both of them have some power. Signed a Roy Halladay a veteran pitcher & maybe a Francisco Rodriguez as a closer. And if not Rodriguez get Ex Cardinals Edward Mujica. So what are the Astros waiting for Christmas. I don’t think so…..

    • astrosince1975

      Looks like the promise of increasing payroll to $50 million was just lip service. Astros have missed out on affordable free agents like Dan Haren, Josh Johnson, & Chris Young. Instead they are signing bargain basement guys like Chambers & Moylan… again. I feel your pain.