The Reds are calling up top pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman, 22, will bring his 104-mph heater to the back of the Reds bullpen for the final month of the season. He has been phenomenal in a relief role with Triple-A, going 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 26 appearances. The Reds will certainly be cautious with him, especially after what has happened with Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg.
"I think Dusty [Baker] will ease him into a role until he gets his feet on the ground, he gets accustomed to pitching up here," general manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview. "Then depending on how he does, we'll see how the role develops."
Chapman could become a major fixture in the Reds bullpen. He will be eligible to play in the playoffs, and I could see him having a David Price-like performance down the stretch.