The Boston Red Sox inked 18 year old catcher Chia-Chu Chen (DOB: 4/7/1989), who was arguably the top hitting prospect on the 2007 junior NT. I had an opportunity to watch Chen earlier this summer. The 5'10", 160 pounder makes good contact with the bat and calls a pretty good game from behind the plate. He is an excellent defensive catcher. Here's a brief vid of Chen at the plate - also if you check the 4 vids that I posted of CH Lin vs. RH Hsieh + Lin scoring from second base - CC Chen is behind the plate catching Rong-Hao Hsieh. The kid bats lefty and throws righty and was a member of the 2006 and 2007 junior NT's. He is the 5th kid from the 2006 junior NT and the first from the 2007 junior NT to sign with a MLB team. CC Chen received a signing bonus in the area of $150 - 200K.
***In other news, Baseballfly.blogspot.com (in Chinese - although the memo is in English) is reporting that WMG held a workout for 4 pitchers yesterday at Pierce College in Southern Cal. The 4 kids listed are:
1)Kan I Che - this kid is supposedly the best of the 4, topping out at 90 mph
2)Shieh Chieh Hsu - this kid was a member of the 2007 junior NT
3)Lo Chiao Hao
4)Shih Li Wei
Baseballfly is also reporting that amateur P Chih-Lung Huang is now represented by Jerry Sung and his sports agency called US Giants Sports Management.