Aroldis Chapman is a 21-year-old with a live arm that will earn him millions of dollars before he throws a single major league pitch (even if he never throws a major league pitch). Let there be no doubt that he’s talented.
But everything else is pretty much unknown.
Every report about Chapman seems to leave more uncertainty than anything. He might be a future ace, but he’s certain to open the season in the minors. He has a huge fastball, but he might not be able to control it. Every team seems to be in the bidding, but the favorite changes from day to day, report to report.
On Tuesday the Sun Sentinel reported that the Marlins making a push to sign him. On Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported that the Marlins were consenting defeat. It’s rare that an international player gets this much national attention, but even in that spotlight, I’m not sure anyone knows where he’ll end up.