The news out of Taiwan is confirming that the Boston Red Sox have signed 2 high school kids. In a follow up to an older post, the Sox signed two infielders: Chih-Hsien Chiang and Chih-Hsiang Huang. Earlier speculation had the Red Sox signing a HS pitcher: Wang-Yi Lin. Not too sure which signing (Huang or Lin) is correct, but the Chih-Hsien Chiang signing is confirmed. Chiang received a $375,000 signing bonus, while his high school teammate Huang received a $100,000 signing bonus. In addition to playing together at San Ming HS in Kaohsiung - Taiwan, Chiang and Huang were selected to the 2005 junior national team.
Chih-Hsien Chiang: DOB 2/21/1988, Stands 6'1" tall, Weighs 180 pounds
Chih-Hsiang Huang: DOB 11/18/1987, Stands 6'0" tall, Weight 172 pounds
The Red Sox will allow the two 18 year olds to finish HS, before embarking on their journey to the US. The Sox other signing, DJ Yeh, has already reported to minor league camp for spring training.
The NY Yankees received quite a scare today when Chien-Ming Wang was nailed on the knee from a ground ball comebacker. Before leaving the game, Wang had gone 2.1 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits, while K'ing 3. Reports have Wang's injury diagnosed as a contusion.
The NPB season has begun. Y.C. Lin pitched the season opener for the Rakuten Eagles against the Nippon Ham. Lin was greeted rudely in his debut as he was shelled for 4 runs on 6 hits in 4.1 innings pitched and took the loss.