- We'll start with the apparent defection of Cuban southpaw Aroldis Chapman (translated from a Spanish-language article) -
The pitcher Aroldis Chapman, among the most promising pitchers in the Island, left the national team in baseball since Thursday to participate in the traditional tournament in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
"I am very happy. So far everything has gone well. It was a plan I had was a decision I took. I wanted to try this in baseball," said Chapman to CUBAENCUENTRO.com from a city whose name will not be revealed for security reasons. Now his plans are "sign with a team and play in Major League."
Do y'all remember Chapman from the WBC? The 21-year-old lefty that touched 100 MPH? Man it would be nice to get him into the organization. A power lefty is such a rarity that this option should be fully explored by the front office. (h/t to RAB)
- Jesus is officially on fire, going 2-3 with a HR, 2B and BB, raising his Double-A batting line to .319/.395/.542.