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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Capellan: He's a big guy

Jose Capellan, the 21-year-old left-hander, arrived in the camp today. He is living example of why you can't trust media guide listing for young players.

He's listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds.

"I think that was on his birth certificate," pitching coach Dick Pole siad.

Capellan's actual size: 6-4, 275 pounds. He was 6-2, 170 when he signed at 17.

Capellan threw 2 1/3 innings for the Giants before the Reds picked him up off waivers. He is going to throw a bullpen today.

"I worked hard in big league camp," he said. "I'm ready."

Capellan remains under Rule 5 rules. The Reds must keep him the 25-man roster all year or offer him back to the Boston Red Sox at $25,000 -- half the cost of a Rule 5 selection.


at 10:16 AM Blogger docproc said...

Whoa! That's a huge difference!

After the way Affeldt pitched yesterday, he should be nervous. Big new lefty in town...

at 10:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

275 lbs? This guy will be hitting the buffet with Stanton, Dunn and Coffey.

at 10:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John is there any hope that the Reds will have some quality starting pitching after Harang and Arroyo?

at 10:33 AM Blogger Marc in Kentucky said...

Dude, the buffet line was priceless. Thanks for making me laugh this morning. Go REDS!

at 10:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude that kid is a beast! maybe we should have him tryout for the bengals. maybe a DT? are there any stats on this kid?

at 11:10 AM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Gaining 100+ pounds in 4 years can't be all that healthy for a pitcher. Put him on Jenny Craig with Coffey and Stanton.

at 11:58 AM Blogger mrtonyb40 said...

anon 9:22,
Have you been in a cave?
Cueto is the talk of Florida this spring and Volquez isn't far behind.

at 12:04 PM Blogger cincikid said...

I heard that the bengals did try and sign him but the league rejected the acquisition, like Rogers, due to improper paper work and salary cap room.

at 1:13 PM Blogger C-Lo said...

Speaking of Rule 5 ...I've not heard much about Burton this spring. He still on the team? How is he pitching?

at 1:25 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Burton's pitched three times. He given up a run on four hits. He also pitched in a simulated game.

He, Bray and Coffey will pitch tomorrow in Fort Myers.

at 1:30 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Lets hope Burton wasn't a fluke. Bray and Coffey are both DUDS.

at 1:35 PM Blogger larkin11 said...

Is this the same Jose Capellan that was originally signed by the Braves. He was a highly touted prospect, but I think he is actually 26 or 27 now. He might have been one of those that was discovered to be older than listed.

at 1:40 PM Blogger C-Lo said...

I wouldn't say Bray and Coffey are duds. Bray has been hurt and hasn't really had a chance to perform. Coffey was overweight last year and from everything I've heard he's in better shape this year. I reserve my judgment for him until this year.

at 1:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Different guy.

at 5:04 PM Blogger Lance said...

275 doesn't seem bad for 6-4. He must have been a bean pole at 170 and 6-2. Those 100 lbs could very easily be the result of 4 years of MLB conditioning.

The buffet line was comedic gold.

at 6:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

With ROLL models like Stanton around, Capellan should weight 375 lbs by the all-star break.

Fattest team in the NL here we come.

Didn't Coffey lose a bunch of weight?

at 9:33 PM Blogger Matt said...

He's had a few extra bowls of mangú! Fortunately that means mashed plantains! Another good low cost tryout IMO.

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