Aroldis Chapman Defects

Aroldis Chapman is a 21 year-old lefty who's touched 100 mph with his fastball.  Interested?  According to, Chapman defected from the Cuban national team while the club was stationed in the Netherlands (English version here).  Chapman is currently in an undisclosed location, and he told the paper he plans to sign with a Major League club.

Chapman pitched in the WBC against Japan in March, and R.J. Anderson of FanGraphs provided analysis.  A video clip of a different WBC appearance can be seen here.

Kiley McDaniel of Baseball Prospectus confirms the defection.

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