Marlins scouting Chapman
On a rare occasion will the Marlins find themselves bidding along with teams like the payroll-rich Red Sox.
So that tells you something about how rare a prospect Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is.
The hard-throwing left-hander, who pitched for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic, will throw for big league scouts in Houston. A representative from the Marlins is on hand, as are officials from numerous other teams.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Dan Jennings, the Marlins vice president of player personnel, is in Houston to watch Chapman. MLB.com confirmed Florida has more than a passing interest. The team will evaluate him, and then look to see if signing Chapman is a possibility.
With a large Cuban population in South Florida, Chapman would naturally have wide appeal in the Miami area. His price tag, however, won’t be cheap. The Red Sox reportedly made a $15.5 million offer, which is regarded as the low-bar figure.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Chapman has had his fastball clocked at 102 mph. No matter which team he signs with, chances are he will open in Double-A before being promoted to the big leagues.
– Joe Frisaro