Chao-Ting Tang represented himself well tonight against some of the top US high school talent in the country. Playing for the West squad in the All-American game (using wood bats), Tang was the leadoff hitter and starting LF for his squad. Batting lefty, in Tang's 4 plate appearances:
1) He walked in the first inning on 5 pitches
2) He singled in the 3rd inning against Braves first round-supplemental pick LHP Steven Evarts, stole second, and eventually came around to score that inning
3) He K'd in the 5th inning
4) He had a groundout RBI against Braves first round-supplemental pick RHP Cory Rasmus in the 7th inning
In the limited action from tonight, I liked what I saw from Tang. Tang is a good athlete, with above average speed, a good bat, and is solid defensively. At the plate, Tang appeared extremely comfortable and confident - showing a pretty good eye, making solid contact with a compact swing.
Defensively, Tang flashed a great arm in LF as he threw out a runner trying to score from second at the plate in the second inning.
I timed him around 4.1 seconds trying to leg out a single in the 7th, even with a slight hesitation coming out of the batter's box. Tang held his own and definitely showed that he belongs in this star studded event. Let's see if Tang's performance tonight translates into some cha-ching$$$ in the near future.
Major League Action:
Kuo pitched 1.1 hitless/scoreless innings, striking out 2 Mets. Box
Minor League Action:
Hu raised his average to .290 with a 1-2 effort at the plate with a double, a run scored, and 2 walks. Box
Chen is back on track as he went 3-5 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored. Box
Wisconsin played a doubleheader today and Wu was a DNP in both games!! Man, give the kid some AB's!