Two of the hottest commodities in minor league baseball are phenom starters Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals.
But what makes them so valuable (besides the wealthy paychecks they’ll be receiving from their employers for the next five-to-six years)?
Well, each possess 100+ mph stuff, plus change-ups (with a differential from their fastball of 15-20 mph), and advanced sliders/curveballs for their age (Strasburg is 21, Chapman is 22).
Additionally, both the right-handed Strasburg and left-handed Chapman have great poise on the mound, which is handy since “stuff” alone won’t get you to the bigs, as seen by their great numbers in Spring Training—during which, both of these guys were arguably the top performers on their clubs...
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