Live BP, Chapman
Petty soon, the Reds will be holding their first edition of live batting practice. Their pitchers will throw to their own hitters/teammates.
“It’s probably one of the most unfair days there are in baseball because the pitchers are far ahead of the hitters,” Dusty Baker said. “This is mostly for the pitchers.”
At to that — Some guys might have their hands full with Aroldis Chapman, who is throwing in the session. If the board was read correctly, Chapman will face Yonder Alonso, Chris Heisey, Chris Burke and Chris Valaika.
“I’m ready. It’ll be interesting,” Alonso said. “I faced Stephen Strasburg in the fall league too. I went 1-for-3. Obviously, this will be lefty-lefty.”
Jonny Gomes has some experience facing a ballyhooed prospect. When with the Rays, he took live BP when David Price was pitching for the first time in camp.
“A 1-0 changeup and dumped it over the batter’s eye in center field,” Gomes said. “True story, ask him.”
As for Chapman?
“I can go all of camp without facing him,” Gomes said.
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