There's a rumor going around that Aroldis Chapman has defected. I hope it's true. I want to see him pitch in the majors. His stuff is on par with a young Randy Johnson.
Rumor: Cuban LHP Aroldis Chapman has defected in Holland at the World Port Tournament. Seems unlikely, but never know
The pitcher Aroldis Chapman left the national team in Holland
The news could not be confirmed by secondary sources CUBAENCUENTRO.com.
Editors CE | 01/07/2009
The pitcher Aroldis Chapman, the greatest promise among the pitchers of the island, would have left the baseball team on Thursday to participate in the tournament in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
Chapman, of 21 years and owner of a line that reaches 100 miles per hour, as scheduled starter for the first match that the Cubans will compete against Taiwan.
A person who identified himself as left-handed pitcher was communicated by telephone Wednesday with CUBAENCUENTRO.com, from an unknown place, to report that he had left the team with the help of some friends.
This newspaper tried unsuccessfully to confirm the news with the Cuban authorities involved in the baseball tournament.
Rotterdam Cuba leads a staff of 24 new players, in which four out of Beijing Olympic runners and five team members who attended the II World Classic