Drew Silva breaks down how Aroldis Chapman has been somewhat disappointing this season but highlights the value he could have as long as the New York Yankees continue to deal with injuries to the bullpen.
- Aroldis Chapman has largely been a fantasy bust this season. He had an average draft position of 82 on Yahoo, going as the fourth or fifth reliever off the board in most standard leagues. Chapman has battled Achilles tendon issues and is currently showing a career high 4.70 ERA as of late August. He has also failed to reach the double digits yet in saves.
But there is still hope for Chapman to deliver some return on investment, with Clay Holmes recently landing on the injured list because of a lingering back issue and Scott Effross recently coming down with right shoulder stiffness. Chapman might just return to the closer role in the Bronx by default.
He's experienced a few hiccups lately and is probably well past his prime, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone doesn't have many other ways to turn. Chapman has the experience, obviously. And even through the ups and downs and bouts with command, he does carry a 2.61 ERA over his last 11 appearances going back to July 26. At least until Holmes returns, Chapman looks to again be the primary ninth inning man for the AL east leaders.