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July 2, 2009

More on Aroldis Chapman (UPDATE)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 2, 2009 6:58 pm
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As it was mentioned earlier, 21 year old southpaw Aroldis Chapman left the Cuban national team with the intention to defect (that sounds like Capt. Remius!).

ESPN’s Jorge Arengure writes:

Chapman is still considered a fairly raw prospect. … And though his pitches have been clocked at 100 mph, some consider Chapman’s secondary pitches to be only average. For that reason, many believe Chapman likely would have to start his professional career in the minors.

However, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes that:

To put his talent in perspective: Some evaluators view Chapman as a left-handed Stephen Strasburg. “He’s pretty special,” said one official. He has a fastball clocked at 101 or 102 MPH, and a plus curveball and plus slider, to use the scouts’ vernacular.

If Olney’s right, the bidding for Chapman will be off the hook.

UPDATE: Jose’s and Alexei’s take after the jump

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