Aroldis Chapman, Relief Pitcher, New York Yankees
Date of Birth: 2/28/1988
Birthplace: Holguin, Cuba
Current Salary: $21,000,000
Nickname: Cuban Missile, Cuban Flame Thrower
Aroldis Chapman, relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, played in Cuba in 2006 and 2007. He defected from Cuba on July 1, 2009. He signed a six-year, $30.25 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds on January 11, 2010. He pitched in the minor leagues for just a short time, pitching in 39 games in 2010 and 9 games in 2011.
Chapman first joined the Reds for 15 games in 2010. On September 25th of that year, he made major league baseball history by pitching a ball at 105.1 mph. That was the fastest recognized pitch in MLB history.
In 2011, Chapman pitched out of the Reds' bullpen. He finished the season with a 4-1 record, 1 save, and a 3.60 ERA in 54 games. He started the 2012 season as the Reds' setup man but he was moved into the closer position in May. That season was his best one so far. In 2012, he had career highs in innings pitched (71.2), strikeouts (122 to 23 walks), and saves (38). He also had a career low ERA of 1.51.
As the Reds' closer in 2013, Chapman again had a career high 38 saves in 68 games. He started the 2014 season on the DL after being hit in the head by a pitch during Spring training. He finished the season with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 54 games.
On February 13, 2015, Chapman signed a new one-year, $8.05 million contract with the Reds. He finished the 2015 season with 33 saves, 116 strikeouts to 33 walks, and a 1.63 ERA in 66.1 innings in 65 games.
Chapman was traded to the Yankees on December 28, 2015. He signed a one-year, $11.325 million contract with the team on February 12, 2016.
The Yankees traded Chapman to the Chicago Cubs on July 25, 2016. He finished the season with a 1.55 ERA, 4 wins to 1 loss, 36 saves, and 90 strikeouts to 18 walks in 31 games with the Yankees and 28 games with the Cubs. In the postseason, he pitched 15.2 innings in 13 games and he gave up 11 hits and 6 runs.
Chapman returned to the Yankees on a five-year, $86 million contract on December 15, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Chapman through 2016 include:
- 383 games played
- 377.0 innings pitched
- 23-21 win-loss record
- 182 saves
- 636 strikeouts to 173 walks
- 2.08 ERA