Notable Cuban Defectors

Aroldis Chapman
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Aroldis Chapman

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Chapman had a failed defection attempt in 2008, and was forced to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, who suspended him fro the remainder of the National Series season. But he successfully defected in July of this year while the Cuba national team was participating in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has established residency in Andorra and is expected the sign a five-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The 22-year-old left-hander reportedly throws in the triple digits.


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