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Pitchers to watch in spring training

Updated: February 14, 2011, 5:59 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Although all eyes in Cincinnati Reds camp likely will be on the tall, Cuban lefty who can throw 105 miles per hour -- I admit, I'll be watching as well -- I think we know by now how manager Dusty Baker intends to use Aroldis Chapman. Someday, perhaps even this season if other events dictate panic, Chapman could be in the starting rotation. For now, he seems destined for bullpen duty and the eighth-inning role setting up capable closer Francisco Cordero. Whine about that arrangement all you like, but that's where signs are pointing.

What should be of more immediate interest to fantasy owners in one-year leagues is what happens with much-shorter Arkansas lefty Travis Wood, he of the 17 big league starts. His rookie-year numbers -- 3.51 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and impressive 7.5 K's-per-9 rate -- sure make him look like a future All-Star. Perhaps Wood continues to impress in 2011, but here's the thing: He hasn't won a rotation spot yet, and we might not know for certain where he fits into the Reds' plans until mid-March. Thus, how he performs this spring will affect whether fantasy owners make him a top-50 starter on draft day … or simply ignore him.

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