Certain people were born to do certain things.
Aroldis Chapman was put on this earth to hurl 105 mph fastballs at helpless hitters. It's just that simple.
Chapman recorded 38 saves in 2012, even though he did not take over the closer's role until May 20. With a 1.51 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 71.2 innings, Chapman is a closer. A dominant one at that.
He is a known commodity as a reliever. That all changes as a starting pitcher.
Manager Dusty Baker is ready to slot him into the starting rotation, seeing potential for a No. 1 or No. 2 starter. Chapman joins an already solid rotation featuring Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey. And, with the re-signing of reliever Jonathan Broxton, the Reds have a capable replacement for Chapman at closer.
But there is no guarantee of success despite an immense amount of talent.
How will Chapman's arm hold up with such an increase in innings pitched? Can he maintain the velocity on his fastball when going through the lineup three times? Will hitters get more comfortable against his electric stuff when they are able to see it more often than just one at-bat a game?
Mike Leake (28 wins in three seasons) is the odd man out of the rotation if Chapman is in it. Leake would be able to step back into that role should Chapman falter.
If Chapman does not have a good spring as a starter, it will be hard for the Reds to press forward, knowing what an asset he is as their closer.
After all, it's what he was born to do.