Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com says 21–year-old Cuban free-agent RHP Aroldis Chapman threw roughly 50 pitches in front of 15 teams in Houston earlier this week and, concludes:
- Chapman is healthy and in good shape.
- He reached 97 mph, though he was mostly in the 92-93 mph range.
- He stands at about 6-foot-4, 200-210 pounds.
- More teams are interested than anyone had originally thought.
- He’s not a bad guy. But, “One team executive suggested that whichever team signs Chapman might need to hire a chaperone to make sure he doesn’t fall into bad habits.”
Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus quotes an MLB insider who feels Chapman could earn a $30 million contract, up from previous reports suggesting his value had been dropping.
According to Buster Olney, of ESPN.com, “Some evaluators view Chapman as a left-handed Stephen Strasburg,” who was the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft last year.
…yes, the Mets sent a representative to watch chapman, according to people in the organization… but, i have no idea what they think of him, or whether there is an interest in signing… but, there should be… i mean, if ever there was a time to spend this much money on an unknown talent, this is it… i mean, had they drafted strabsurg last year, they’d have been paying it… so, in this situation, while trying to rebuild a farm system, when a young talent is for the taking, who will essentially cost what an elite draft pick would cost, they should do it… it reads like he would instantly become their top pitching prospect…