As many know Chapman threw two five-minute sessions yesterday for many team's scouts, including the Angels' own Director of Scouting Eddie Bane. The Cuban fireballer was reportedly clocked in the 92-93 MPH range with his fastball, topping out around 96 MPH. He also showcased his slider and change-up. It has been reported that Chapman's fastball has been clocked as high as 100-mph.
Eddie Bane who is a regular contributor at AngelsWin.com and featured monthly in our 'Bane Connection' throughout the season, had this to say after the visit.
Fellas and Gals; Aroldis Chapman, the lefthanded Cuban defector worked out yesterday in Houston. He is represented by the Hendricks Brothers who are a high profiled agent group out of Texas. They are a first rate group and rep a lot of big time players including our own, Kendry Morales.
The bullpen was just the beginning of getting to know more about Aroldis and it is a work in progress. We are always interested in extra talented players, but with Kendry in our system we think it would be a nice fit if Aroldis and his group think it would be. It is far too early to see what is going to happen, but we have to just move along in the process and see where we end up. Thanks for the interest folks.
I specifically asked Eddie if the Angels were interested in Chapman after they watched him throw. His answer of "with Kendry in our system we think it would be a nice fit if Aroldis and his group think it would be" pretty much answers that.
Quick recap of what we learned today.
* The Angels are interested in signing Aroldis Chapman after the visit.
* The Angels believe Aroldis Chapman is an extra talented player after watching him throw.
* It may be some time before a deal is reached with Aroldis Chapman as it "is far too early to see what is going to happen".
* The Hendricks Brothers are a high profiled agent group out of Texas who also represent Kendry Morales.
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