Aroldis Chapman to set own pace

Contract, expectations won't determine arrival in majors -- his pitching will

Updated: February 23, 2010, 1:25 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Shortly after Cincinnati signed Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman to a six-year, $30.25 million contract in January, general manager Walt Jocketty began reading and hearing industry critiques of the transaction. And the baseball man in him wondered why others were so quick to detect flaws that the Reds never saw.

Even as scouts and anonymous executives gushed in unison over Chapman's live left arm and triple-digit fastball, many questioned his secondary pitches, maturity ...

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