Before the fantasy baseball season started some fans had doubts about the value of Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman. There were reports of him being added to the rotation and there were other reports of him staying in the bullpen. Well, after one third of the season, there is no doubt about the fact that Chapman has once again proven to be a superstar fantasy closer.
Chapman currently has a 2.42 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and is fifth in National League with 15 saves. He is also striking out a career-high 15.92 batters per nine this season. He is among the best strike out pitchers in the game, and the hurler has the power to simply throw the ball past any stick in the league.
On May 19th, Chapman blew a save against the Philadelphia Phillies. He only recorded one out, but allowed two home runs and lost the game for his team. Since his most recent hiccup, though, Chappy has been absolutely untouchable. He has allowed just six base runners (three hits and three walks) in the last seven innings of work and has not given up a single run.
The fireballer is averaging a career-low 97.1 MPH on his fastball this season, but he can always dial it up to go over 100 MPH in any key situation. Chapman is not afraid to scare batters off the plate either, so he will always keep hitters honest inside the batter’s box.
Chapman is one of the best in the business in the ninth inning, and he has truly become an All-Star fantasy closer. He will average a couple saves per week and is the one closer that will guarantee at least two K’s every inning he is in the ball game.