The Chicago Cubs signed their first Taiwanese player - RHP Hong-Wen Chen. Chen was signed by Cubs Pac-Rim scout, Steve Wilson and received a $200,000 signing bonus. Chen, who is 22, stands 6'0" tall and weighs 188 pounds. Playing collegiate baseball in Taiwan, Chen has been clocked recently as high as 94 mph. He throws harder now than he did 2 years ago when he was here on tour in Southern California. Along with Mariners farmhand Kuo-Hui Lo, Chen was one of a few players on that NT who had a combination of talent and the physical stature to match that talent. Chen has good bloodlines as his uncle is none other than Yi-Hsin Chen, a star pitcher in the TML/CPBL in his heydays.
Chen is scheduled to report to XST in May.