A 21-year-old left-handed pitcher who was clocked at 102 MPH earlier this year has left the Cuban National Team in Europe and is planning to sign with a Major League Baseball team.
Aroldis Chapman walked out of his hotel in Rotterdam, Holland, where Cuba was playing in a tournament, and never returned. Chapman is considered by many scouts to be the world’s number one lefty prospect, although some say his secondary pitches are only average. There are concerns about his maturity as well, but the young man DOES hit triple-digits on the radar gun.
Estimates are that Chapman could bring in up to $30 million and will likely draw an offer from the New York Yankees, who never met a defecting Cuban pitcher they didn’t like.