Since we lost out on Sano, and really have'nt made any big splash with any International signings like NH has promised to do; Why haven'nt we been mentioned as one of the teams that are going after highly touted Cuban prospect Aroldis Chapman? He's 21 years old, lefty, 6'4 200 lbs, played for the Cuban national team, being compared to Stephen Strasburg, and has been clocked throwing 102 mph.
Scouts also say that right now hes 80% ready to pitch in the major leagues. Which would make this signing even more valuable. If we could get him signed this year, and send him straight to either AA or AAA he could arrive in our starting rotation at the same time that Alderson and Lincoln are, and the same time the Alvarez is arriving at 3rd base. I've also recently heard scouts say the Pirates have a solid rotation, but have too many 3-4 starters and no 1-2 caliber starters. Well I think Chapman would be someone who would bring that 1-2 top of the rotation stuff. He would have a much higher ceiling than any Pirate pitcher in our organization right now, and any pitcher that was drafted in the past years draft other than Strasburg.
Sano recieved a bonus of around $3 million if I can remember correctly, and I'm sure Chapmans demands would be right around that number. Something that we can definetely afford, and something that we should definetely pursue, but like always the Pirates will sit back, and watch the Yankees or Red Sox sign him, and thats why there playing in October and were not. Does anyone have any information on this? Have we spoke with his agent at all? Have we been interested in him at all?