New York, NY July 13, 2009 – Athletes Premier International (API) today announced that Cuban pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman has signed a representation and marketing agreement with the agency. Chapman defected from the Cuban National team on July 1st while in The Netherlands for the World Port Tournament and plans to seek a contract with a Major League Baseball team.
“Aroldis is a tremendous person and athlete,” said Edwin Leonel Mejia, CEO of API. “He is the highest caliber athlete to sign with our agency and it is an honor and a privilege to help him achieve his professional and personal goals.”
“I am very excited to be starting a new chapter in my life and have Edwin and the rest of the team at Athletes Premier by my side to help me realize my dreams,” stated Chapman.
Chapman pitched for Holguín in the Cuban National Series for four seasons and had 130 strikeouts in 118 ⅓ innings in the 2008-09 season. He also made two appearances for the Cuban National Team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic where his fastball was clocked at 101 mph and his curveball at 77 mph.
Athletes Premier International (API) is a full service sports agency that represents historically underserved athletes from Latin America and the inner cities of the United States.
API’s core values and comprehensive understanding of the Latin American sports marketplace makes the firm uniquely qualified to help these athletes achieve their personal and professional goals.
API was founded in 2006 by Edwin Leonel Mejia in Boston. He is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and New York and a graduate of Boston University Law School and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The other API principals include Christian Irrizarry and Felix Rodriguez.
API is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
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