Chapman embracing new reliever role at Everett College
“Everybody wants to be a starter, that’s always the dream,” he told me. “But coming in as a closer is nice; it’s like, ‘Hey, you’re our dude. We need you.’ I like being that guy.”
The 6-foot-5 freshman right-hander has made four relief appearances this month. He has a 3.55 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
His outings have ranged from an inning to 5.1 innings. The day he got his save he pitched scoreless frames in the seventh, eighth and ninth to preserve a 4-2 win over Vancouver Island.
“Everything was just working. My fielders were making perfect plays,” he said. “I was getting those hitters to roll over or pop out.”
Chapman, of West High fame, has embraced his reliever role because he understands he might have to work his way out of the bullpen to be a starter.
“I want to work for it,” he said. “Growing up I always wanted to play baseball at the next level. This is what I live for. I’m having a blast. It’s awesome. I love it here.
“I’m learning more every day how to throw a ball better and what I can do to fix my mechanics. It’s honestly a lot of maturity, living on my own now. It’s a lot different. I’m learning how to be a grown up, basically.”