Astros will check out Cuban phenom Chapman
The Astros, along with a handful of other teams, will have a contingent checking out Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman when he throws for scouts Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Houston. Chapman, the hard-throwing pitcher who has hit 102 mph, defected when the Cuban national team was in the Netherlands in July and is trying to land a Major League contract.
Chapman, who is represented by Houston agents Randy and Alan Hendricks, could land a lucrative multi-million dollar contract. Scouts have seen him up close at the World Baseball Classic, so it’s hard to know how far Tuesday’s workout will go in determining his fate.
With the Red Sox and Yankees among the teams who have their interest piqued by Chapman, the Astros aren’t exacly in the financial position to be a suitor for the 22-year-old phenom. But the fact the event is in Houston was enough for general manager Ed Wade, assistant general manager Bobby Heck and national cross-checker David Post to take a look.
“Obviously, it’s a high-profile guy who’s got a chance to have a huge upside, so it behooves us to be a partipiant in the opening moments and see where it goes from there,” Wade said.
By the way, the Astros recently went deep into their international signing budget to sign Dominican Republic 17-year-old lefthander Edgar Ferreira.