Monday, October 03, 2005

Taiwanese high schooler picked in 1st round.....

In the 2005 NPB draft, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters drafted Taiwanese high school infielder, Chung-Shou Yang with their first round pick. Yang, who is a Taiwanese citizen, played SS forFukuoka Daiichi High School. Yang, who was born 1/17/87, stands 182 cm tall, weighs 78 kg, throws and bats righty. Highly coveted because of his all-around game, Yang hit 39 home runs in his 3 year HS stay, ran the 50 meters in 6.0 seconds, and played great defense with the ability to cover a lot of field because of a strong arm and quick feet.

Yang is the younger brother of amateur pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang. The older brother faced off against Ian Kennedy this past summer. The elder Yang is expected to make the jump to the NPB next year with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. A mix-up during the 2005 draft caused elation and tears for the younger Yang, when Hawks manager Saharu Oh originally thought that he had won the rights to draft Yang. The younger Yang was obviously hoping to be drafted by the Hawks because of his Fukuoka connection, his brother's expected signing, and the fact that the revered Sadaharu Oh is the manager there. However, when the error was corrected, Yang's happiness turned to sadness when the Fighters were given the rights over the Hawks to pick Yang.

In other notes of the 2005 NPB draft, super stud high school pitcher, Tsujiuchi Takanobu was selected by the Yomiuri Giants. The rich get richer with the selection of Takanobu, who dominated Taiwan's high school kids earlier this summer.

Edited: 10/4/05 3:00 AM

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