Chapman fled Cuba shortly before the commencement of the 2009 World Port Tournament. He acquired residency in Andorra, a small European principality, enabling him a free agent available to any MLB team.
On January 11, 2010, he signed a six-year contract worth $30.25 million with the Cincinnati Reds after auditioning for numerous organizations.
The package was similar to what the Washington Nationals offered to Stephen Strasburg, the top amateur draft pick in 2009.
His birth date was September 11, 1987, until he defected, at which point he announced a different birth date, making him six months younger.
Chapman was sent to the AAA Louisville Bats by the Reds. He struck out nine batters in 4 2/3 innings against the Toledo Mud Hens, hitting 101 mph three times on the radar gun and allowed only one run.
But Toledo manager Larry Parrish says he only gave up five singles and one walk “He took one today. He’d have walked eight batters in the majors.
” For Louisville, he went 9-6 with eight saves and a 3.57 ERA in 95 2/3 innings of work, striking out 125 batters. He walked 52 batters and threw 14 wild pitches, mirroring his high-whiff, high-walk totals in Cuba.
He went 4-for-10 at the plate, with a double and a walk.
Is Aroldis Chapman Married?
Chapman has never been married. Cristina Barnea, on the other hand, is his girlfriend. They’ve been in a relationship for seven years.