Friday morning, the Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement with right-handed Cuban pitcher Enmanuel Chapman
Friday morning, news broke that the Pittsburgh Pirates have added to their pitching staff via international free agency. This happened when they signed right-handed pitcher Enmanuel Chapman out of Cuba.
The 25-year-old Chapman received a $200,000 signing bonus from the Pirates. Despite being a fellow Cuban, he is not related to Aroldis Chapman.
Chapman has previously pitched for Sabuesos de Holguin in the Cuban National Series. In three seasons in the CSN (2019-2021), Chapman logged 51.1 innings. Chapman struggled mightily in these 51.1 innings, posting a 9.82 ERA while allowing 73 hits, walking 58 batters, hitting 15, and striking out 46.
No other stats or information is known about Chapman at this time. It remains to be seen what the Pirate plan will be with Chapman, but he will likely enter spring training with an opportunity to crack the team's Opening Day bullpen. That said, beginning the season in the minor leagues would appear to be the most likely destination for Chapman.