Thursday, March 01, 2007

Tzu-Kai Chiu Signs with Reds....

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The Cincinnati Reds were able to break into the Taiwanese market by signing 19 year LHP Tzu-Kai Chiu. Chiu received an estimated $200,000 signing bonus + additional money for his education. Chiu stands around 6'0" tall and weighs close to 200 pounds. Chiu has been on the MLB radar for quite some time now - refer to this Jan. '06 post to read more about Chiu. Chiu is currently in his first year of college but will be heading to the US shortly for a physical. Chiu throws comfortably in the 85 to 87 mph range with touches of 89 mph on his fastball - Chiu's best pitch is his curveball. Congrats to Chiu!

*In other news, Hong-Wen Chen - a RHP playing for Chinese Culture University, was clocked at 92 mph as he led his team to a 7-2 victory against Furen University in the current college baseball tourney. I had the opportunity to watch Chen in the summer of '05. He was the best pitching prospect - (including LA New Bears rookie Ying-Feng Tsai) on that touring NT.Chen #99

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